Waterfront view from the Red Lion on the River Suites

Red Lion On The River - Jantzen Beach Announced as an Official Hotel Partner for Grand Prix of Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 5, 2018) – The Grand Prix of Portland is proud to announce the addition of Red Lion on the River – Jantzen Beach as an official hotel partner of the August 31-September 2 event at Portland International Raceway (PIR). 

A resort-style hotel with numerous features and amenities, premium hotel rooms and deluxe suites, Red Lion on the River – Jantzen Beach will be one of the top choices for race teams, organizers and fans from across the globe to stay during the Grand Prix of Portland.  This Portland, Ore. destination is located nearby PIR just over two miles north off of Interstate 5 and along the Columbia River featuring many scenic views. 

“We are incredibly excited to partner with the Grand Prix of Portland and to actively participate in making this event a success,” said Rod Russell, general manger of the Red Lion.  “This race means so much to Portland and the local area that we are thrilled to be right in the thick of things and to being an extension of the festivities at the track. We look forward to welcoming everyone during race week.”

Red Lion will engage and host many first-time visitors to the area through its involvement with the Grand Prix of Portland.  It will also be the official credential pick up location for those working the race weekend.  Travelers interested in making reservations or wanting more information can visit redlion.com/jantzen-beach.

“Race fans and all festival-goers traveling in for the Grand Prix of Portland from across North America and internationally will enjoy all that Portland and Red Lion on the River – Jantzen Beach has to offer,” said Jerry Jensen, general manager of the Grand Prix of Portland.  “Holding a world-class event of this magnitude delivers a significant economic impact and tourism growth to Portland, Oregon and the entire Pacific Northwest region.  Having strong hotel partnerships like this first one is critical to the success of our event and creating a great experience for all visitors.” 

The Grand Prix of Portland serves as Round 16 of 17 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series.  Three-day grandstand and general admission tickets are on sale now at portlandgp.com.  Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. 



The Red Lion Hotel on the River—Portland/Jantzen Beach is a mainstay in the Portland community.  Known for the largest pillar-free hotel ballroom north of San Francisco at 18,000 square feet, the hotel sports floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Columbia River.  With over 36,000 square feet of meeting space and 320 of the largest guest rooms in Portland, guests find the hotel an easy place to gather with peers and catch up with old friends.  Spectacular views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and the Columbia shore are breathtaking and transport guests to the epicenter of the Pacific Northwest experience. 

The Red Lion Hotel on the River is as unique as Portland, Ore. itself—Jantzen Beach was originally the site of the largest amusement park in the nation covering over 123 acres. While Portland is home to the Trailblazers, Timbers, Portlandia and “Keeping it Weird”, there’s no better place to engross yourself in all that is Portland than at the Red Lion Hotel on the River. Located at 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland, visit www.redlion.com/jantzen-beach for more information.


Portland International Raceway (PIR) is the home of the Grand Prix of Portland.  PIR is a 1.967-mile, 12-turn permanent road course owned by the City of Portland and operated under the Portland Parks and Recreation.  Opened in 1960 to host sports car and drag racing, the 268-acre property is the site of over 550 events annually including automotive and motorcycle road racing, motocross, cruise-ins and other special events including the Rose Cup Races.

The inaugural Indy car race PIR was held in 1984 and won by Al Unser Jr.  Current Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais was the winner of PIR’s last professional open-wheel event in 2007.  Indy car racing had a rich 24-year tradition racing at PIR from 1984-2007 which included many memorable races.  The Father’s Day race of 1986 featured Mario Andretti victorious over his son Michael on the last lap by less than a second.  There was also the closest three-way road racing finish in Indy car history in 1997 when the top three were covered by just 0.055 of a second.  The Grand Prix of Portland is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, which also promotes Honda Indy Toronto (July 13-15, 2018), The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (July 27-29, 2018) and Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (March 8-10, 2019). 

For more information, visit portlandgp.com, ‘like’ its Facebook page @PortlandGP or follow updates on Twitter @Portland_GP and Instagram at @Portland_GP using #PortlandGP.


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