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Portland International Raceway

Imagine a world-class racetrack located inside the city limits as a city park.  Sound too good to be true?  Portland International Raceway is indeed a unique feature of Portland, Oregon.  Located literally on the foundation of the former city of Vanport, the address of 1940 N Victory Blvd. is a tribute to the families and workers who lived briefly in Vanport before the flooding Columbia River breached the earthen dams and washed Vanport away in 1948.
Today, Portland International Raceway is one of four facilities nestled in the footprint of Vanport.  PIR is operated by the City of Portland as a city park.  The history of Vanport, event schedules, track videos, and track facts can be found here: http://www.portlandraceway.com/
PIR is also supported by the Friends of Portland International Raceway (FOPIR), a 501(c)3 corporation that assists the facility and the City of Portland to meet PIR’s responsibility to enrich the region and the nearby North Portland neighborhoods.  http://www.friendsofpir.com FOPIR is actively involved with the resolution of noise issues for surrounding neighborhoods, as well as protecting the enviromentally sensitive greenspaces within the track interior.
PIR has a diverse enthusiast base, including bicyclists, motorcyclists, go-karts, joggers, walkers, and BMX riders, in addition to the automotive crowds.  Professional driving instruction is available through at least three groups (ProDrive, Cascade Sports Car Club, Team Continental), and many car clubs offer non-competitive Track Day events for building driver skills and confidence.  Several sanctioning bodies hold races at PIR, including SCCA and ICSCC.  Past races have included IMSA, CART, Champ Car, and NASCAR.
Besides being a racetrack, PIR is also a financial engine for the Portland community, feeding between 30 and 40 million dollars back into the surrounding area through the hotels, restaurants, and businesses that support track users.