Pro Drive Doubleheader Set for Portland International Raceway

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Over 200 drivers compete in two days of racing counting towards season-long championships.

The Pro Drive Independence Day Double Regional event kicks off Portland's holiday weekend July 1-2 with a series of 12 regional championship races at Portland International Raceway.

Sanctioned by the Oregon Region of the Sports Car Club of America, more than 200 drivers will compete in nearly 50 Regional Championship race classes on the 1.967-mile road course in North Portland. Race cars range from purpose-built sports racers and open-wheel formula cars, to GT, sedan and vintage car classifications.

Qualifying for the race classes begins Saturday at 1 p.m. and concludes at 4:50 p.m. Racing starts Sunday at 9 a.m. with the wheel-to-wheel action of Spec Racer Fords in the first of 12 regional championship races. General Admission, seating and parking are free for the weekend, courtesy Pro Drive.

Portland International Raceway is owned and operated by the City of Portland through its bureau of Parks and Recreation. The raceway is operated as an Enterprise Fund, meaning that its operating expenses and capital improvements are covered by the revenues that it generates, as Portland International Raceway receives no general fund tax dollars. The raceway's varied, year round activities bring between 30 and 40 million dollars into the surrounding community each year.

About Pro Drive

Pro Drive Inc. is the official driving school of Portland International Raceway. It was founded in 1987 to provide advanced driver training using modern teaching methods and technology. Over nearly 20 years, Pro Drive has offered a variety of driving programs dedicated to building a drivers confidence and skill whether it is on the street or the racetrack.

By combining a full fledged racing school with high performance driving courses, SkidCar courses and corporate events, Pro Drive has become the premier driver training destination in the Pacific Northwest. Pro Drive is passionate about driving and dedicated to training and entertaining everyone who loves to drive.

Todd Harris is the president of Pro Drive, Inc., and has been competing in a variety of motor racing events throughout North America over the past 15 years. Pro Drive's Web site is at http://www.prodrive.net and may also be reached at 1.866.511.8014.

About Oregon Region SCCA

The Oregon Region of the Sports Car Club of America was established in the 1960's and has grown to its present membership of over 1,200 members. The Region obtained its charter from SCCA in 1962. It is a member oriented, member operated club with the primary purpose of "promoting, maintaining and improving automobile sports and interest in the ownership, operation of, and safety of sports cars."

The roots of SCCA and Oregon Region run deep in racing history. The origin of SCCA can be traced back to the pre-World War II "Auto Racing Club of America" which disbanded because of World War II. Originally, the State of Oregon was included in the territory of Northwest Region, SCCA (NWR), and it remained that way until the official creation of Oregon Region in 1962.

From its beginning, Oregon Region SCCA has been organizing and administering sports car/club racing events at Newport, Goshen (South of Eugene) and Portland's West Delta Park (now Portland International Raceway - PIR). The Region's first race was held at the Newport municipal airport (an ex-WWII air base) in 1962.

Currently, Oregon Region has active programs in Club Racing, Vintage Racing, Road Rally, Rallycross, and in Solo II - SCCA's autocross program where competitors compete against the clock in a controlled atmosphere. The Oregon region also provides workers and officials to major professional international racing competitions here in Oregon and across North America. Their Web site is http://www.oregonscca.com and may also be reached at 503.224.9469.

Press Contact: Randy Unsbee, ABC

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