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60th RUNNING OF THE ROSE CUP RACES

Join us this summer for a celebration of 60 years of Rose Cup Races July 10 through July 12 at Portland International Raceway (PIR). Fans from across the country will gather to enjoy high speed racing by eight different race groups, special salutes to the cars, exhibits, displays, vendors and more. Continuing as a Portland Rose Festival event presented by Friends of PIR, the Rose Cup Races was the first major event ever held at PIR in 1961 and has taken place annually ever since. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. daily, with cars on course by 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. on Sunday; races run until late afternoon. Tickets go on sale April 6 at RoseCup.com.

2020 ROSE CUP RACE GROUPS

2020 showcases the best amateur road racing competitors in the Northwest from the Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America, Cascade Sports Car Club and Vintage Racing Sanctioning bodies too. This year’s five amateur race groups include:

  • Big Bore FOPIR Rose Cup feature race presented by Proficio Singapore: Large displacement engine cars like Corvettes, Camaros, Mustangs, Shelby GT350s, Cobras and Porsches. Four classes within one race called RC1, RC2, RC3 and RC4, depending on performance level.
  • Spec Miata Challenge: 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.
  • Spec Racer Ford Showdown presented by Columbia Roofing: 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 Bore Production: Small displacement engine cars from Nissan, Honda, Ford, Austin Healy, Mazda, Alfa Romeo, MG and more. Four classes within one race called SB1, SB2, SB3 and SB4 depending on performance level.
  • Vintage Grand Prix presented by Friends of Gary Bockman: 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.

Joining the amateur race groups is the Porsche Sprint Trophy West USA series, bringing the absolute latest in Porsche race cars with two race groups: GT3, which includes the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Cars, part of the “One Make” series offered by Porsche in worldwide racing; and GT4, featuring the Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Rounding out the eighth race group is the Portland Karting Association. Road racing go karts are super quick with very close racing and are the prime entry point for road racers’ careers around the world.

Fans can look forward to practice and qualifying on Friday, July 10; additional qualifying and races on Saturday, July 11; and a full day of featured races, celebrations and ceremonies on Sunday, July 12. Beyond racing, look for a visual display of Rose Cup Races history alongside a Vanport history exhibit; car club corrals; car club parade; and numerous vendors.

Photo: Doug Berger (dbpics.com)