IndyCar May Lose Watkins Glen, But Could Gain Portland

Watkins Glen may be dropped from the 2018 IndyCar schedule when it is hopefully released within the next week or two. Lack of attendance and the inability to agree on a date will be the likely cause of the drop from the schedule. Watkins Glen stepped in to replace the fools dream that was the Boston Grand Prix two seasons ago. Since then IndyCar has put on great racing but the fans haven’t shown up.

Reportedly Watkins Glen wanted a date change for the 2018 season. Unfortunately, it appears IndyCar wasn’t able to accommodate their request. Watkins Glen has tried both July 4th weekend and Labor Day dates, neither seem to attract large crowds. Somehow IndyCar couldn’t accommodate their request for a date change which feels odd but nevertheless, they weren’t able to.

Possible Return To Portland

IndyCar could substitute a race in upstate New York for one 3,000 miles away in the Pacific Northwest. That’s right, Rip City appears to be in the works for IndyCar. One of the race tracks that didn’t carry over in the CART/IndyCar marriage may finally return.

Portland International Raceway is a 1.964-mile course complete with 12 corners and little to no elevation change. Justin Wilson holds the track record at PIR with a blazing 57-second lap in 2005. PIR was repaved in 2008 setting up for a potentially seasoned race track that will require some tire management.

IndyCar hasn’t visited PIR since the 2007 season when Sebastian Bourdais won the 103 lap race over Justin Wilson by 13.5 seconds. It’d be a welcomed return among racing fans in the Pacific Northwest and among IndyCar fans as a whole. Any time a new track can join the schedule everyone is excited about the possibilities. Then something like NOLA happens and we all wonder why we get excited. Portland is different though, hopefully, the green peace hipsters don’t shut the fun down.

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