Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal Hosts Three Days of High Speed Racing at Portland International Raceway

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Free admission & parking for all fans - live race reports available on Twitter© and Facebook©

The Oregon Region of the Sports Car Club of America (ORSCCA) racing season enters round three of its regional championship series this weekend at Portland International Raceway (PIR), as well as showcasing the Northwest's first National Championship points events of the season here.

This weekend features the "Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal Regional and National Races" with some of the best road racing drivers in North America competing over the course of three days. Competitors race in a variety of vehicles ranging from specially-built sports racer and formula cars to GT, sedan, touring and vintage race cars.

"The value of Columbia Roofing and Sheet Metal that we bring to our customers is one of mutual respect, appropriate financial roofing decisions and long term relationships," said President Mark Carpenter. "Our partnership with the Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America helps us convey that message."

"A first this weekend at PIR are live, real time race reports filed via Twitter© and Facebook©," explains Oregon Region SCCA's PR and Marketing Director Randy Unsbee.

"Thanks to Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal, our fans, competitors and sponsors can stay up-to-date with reports from Race Central on all weekend events via Twitter and Facebook on their mobile phones or computers. This is just part of the total motorsports experience we're offering sports fans; whether they participate as volunteer workers, crews, or drivers; through various social media channels; or via our award-winning Loud Pedal monthly magazine and Web site," Unsbee said.

The Oregon Region SCCA championship series consists of nine race events on two circuits in Oregon, while the National races this weekend offer drivers valuable divisional points to qualify for the annual National Championship held this fall at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Weekend practice begins Friday at 9 a.m. for National sports racers and open wheel formula cars, with qualifying sessions beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Qualifying for regional and national race groups continues Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:20 p.m., with racing beginning at 3:10 p.m. for Grand Touring and Porsche groups.

Sunday's race action takes the green flag at 9:00 a.m. for formula cars, with the weekend's final race group taking to the track at 4:20 p.m. A complete weekend race schedule is available at

Admission and parking are free, courtesy of Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal of Tualatin, OR.

Weekend action can be followed exclusively on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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 Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal

Columbia Roofing and Sheet Metal is a unique construction and roofing company with over twenty years of experience in all aspects of re-roofing, roof maintenance, seismic upgrades and service. Client's roofing concerns are solved by addressing the entire building envelope to develop the correct solution for each individual project.

The company's slogan, "Expert Solutions, Guaranteed Results", summarizes their commitment to maximize the life of a roof at a low cost for the building owner. Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal strive to create a team effort and close working relationship with building owners, tenants and suppliers.

Homeowners can rest assured that the company tries to get the most life out of their current roof, but every home eventually needs a new one. High skilled professionals provide photos, a detailed report and a complete roofing plan to protect the homeowner's family and belongings.

Estimates for any re-roofing projects, emergency repairs or for any building envelope problems are available by calling (503) 684-9123.

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. The Web site is and may also be reached at (503) 224-9469.

Media Contact:

Randy Unsbee, ABC

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