The United States Touring Car Championship has added the Grand Prix of Portland to its 2023 calendar. Rounds five and six of the championship will be at the premiere track in the Northwest as a support race of the IndyCars. The Grand Prix of Portland is one of the biggest racing events on the West Coast, with tens of thousands of spectators expected.
“Our teams are very excited to join one of the best races at one of the best tracks for a double header weekend of intense racing. Our partners ATP Electronics, Spec Clutch, Motul USA, Hankook Motorsports, Gary’s Airbag Service, Automotive Calibration Specialists, and National Auto Sport Association are vital to our success and we hope to bring them some exposure at this amazing race,” said Ali Arsham, Managing Director of USTCC.
Tickets for the event are available at www.raceportland.com.
The weekend starts with practice and qualifying on Friday, September 1, followed by rounds five and six on Saturday, September 2. USTCC is popular with fans because the cars are production-based and are very close to the cars that are actually on the road. It is a battle between BMW, Audi, Hyundai, Honda, Volkswagen, Acura, Mazda, Lexus, Chevrolet, and many others. Fans actually will get a chance to get close and see the cars and talk to the drivers.
There are four classes in USTCC with Sportsman being the slowest class. Sportsman class cars typically have around 200 horsepower. Touring Car class is the next class up with cars around 250-300 horsepower. Super Touring bumps things up with around 350 horsepower being the typical case and GT cars are around 500 horsepower.