Photos by Doug Berger

Join us this summer for the 2024 Rose Cup Races July 13th and 14th at Portland International Raceway (PIR). Fans from across the country will gather to enjoy high speed racing by seven different race groups, special salutes to the cars, exhibits, displays, vendors and more. Presented by Friends of PIR, the Rose Cup Races was the first major event held at PIR in 1961. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. daily, with cars on course each day by 9a.m. Saturday and 10a.m. Sunday; races run until late afternoon.

  • Rose Cup Feature Race: Everything from purpose built race cars with NASCAR Cup motors to Trans Am cars, Corvettes, Camaros, Mustangs, Cobras, Porsches, BMWs, Nissans and more. Three races within one race: RC1, RC2 and RC3. The Gary Bockman Pole Award will be settled Saturday afternoon with an exciting single lap qualifying session for the five fastest qualifiers. New for 2024 – the Rose Cup Trophy makes a return! Lost for almost 20 years, the original Rose Cup Trophy from 1961 has been found and will once again be awarded to the winner of the Rose Cup Feature Race on Sunday. The overall winner will get a replica trophy to take home until the 2025 race, and they get to see their name engraved on the trophy along with famous past winners.
  • Stock Cars: The Late Model Stock Cars (LMSC) run group will showcase some of the most popular race cars in America. Last years Saturday feature race saw a hard fought battle to the checkered flag. This years field promises to be even bigger. All LMSC entrants will get an invitation to Sunday’s Feature Race, so be sure to check them out on track both Saturday and Sunday.
  • American GT Challenge: Also running a Saturday feature race this year, AGTC cars run in the Trans Am 2 (TA2) races across the country. These cars are “silhouette” cars meant to evoke Mustang, Camaros, Challengers and Corvettes. With 530 horsepower, competition is incredibly close because of rules that keep an equal eye on the bottom line and the finish line. All AGTC entrants get an invitation to Sunday’s Feature Race, making for a big field on both Saturday and Sunday races.
  • Vintage: A Rose Cup Races tradition with a wide variety of brands and iconic models that will have fans reminiscing about their favorite cars growing up. Alfa, Lotus, Brabham, Corvette, Mustang, Datsun – pick your favorite and cheer them on.
  • Spec Racer Ford: Open cockpit identical sports racer cars powered by 1.6-liter Ford engines put the focus on the drivers in this highly competitive group, with multiple lead changes per lap a common occurrence.
  • Small and Mid-Bore Production: Small and medium displacement engine cars from Nissan, Honda, Ford, Austin Healey, Mazda, Alfa Romeo, MG and more. This means excitement from start to finish every time they are on track.
  • Spec Miata: Famous for tight battles and finishes that are just inches apart, these Mazda Miatas are also in a fight for a season-long championship in the Northwest Spec Miata Tour.

Fans can look forward to practice, qualifying and racing on Saturday July 13th including the Late Model Stock Car and the American GT Challenge feature races and sprint races from the other five run groups. Sunday will be a full day of more feature races, ceremonies and a celebration of the Rose Cup Races… a Portland tradition since 1961.