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  • Interim PIR Track Manager

    Coming in to manage PIR temporarily is someone that many of you already know. Mark Wigginton, who served as PIR manager from 2000 until E.C.’s arrival in 2014, will be returning from retirement to help in the transition between EC’s retirement on November 1st and the recruitment and hiring of a new facility manager. Mark was instrumental in bringing several new kinds of events to PIR and resurrecting some popular events from the past, most notably the PIR Auto Swap Meet. He created the weekend evening Late Night drags, which helped bring street racers into a safe environment for their racing and brought the Beaches Cruise-In to Wednesday nights during the summer, the largest weekly car show in the country. EC Mueller not only expanded on those events, he brought back the IndyCar series and other professional racing during his six-year tenure, while managing to complete major capital improvements. In addition to overall facility management, Mark will work closely with track partners and Portland Parks & Recreation leadership in the hiring and transition process to select and install the next track manager while also managing the program budget and monitoring and implementing COVID-19 guidelines as they are updated.

  • A personal message from E.C. Mueller to FOPIR members

    It was early summer 2014 and I had retired from Intel Corporation after a 17-year career. At a Cars & Coffee one weekend I overheard Mark Scholz (local racer and realtor) tell someone that Mark Wigginton, the Manager of PIR, was retiring after almost 15-years leading PIR. I told Mark that was a surprise to me, and he immediately responded, “hey you should apply for that job”. Well low and behold I ended up being retired for about two-months and then started what has been a six-year journey that I really had planned on being maybe three-years.

    As things conclude, I cannot express enough thanks to so many people for this time, especially to the Friends of PIR Board and the FOPIR membership. You should be very proud of your Board and their passion to help PIR thrive. One of the best examples is from 2015. It was then that the now very missed former President of FOPIR, the late Gary Bockman, the Board, and some of PIR’s most ardent local racers helped to develop the plan for FOPIR to become promoter and operator of the Rose Cup Races. The 2016 Rose Cup Races were a roaring success with this new approach and have continued to be since. And, by combining the assets and abilities of the Cascade Sports Car Club and Oregon Region SCCA, a service level of core support was created that contributed to landing the return of the NTT IndyCar series Grand Prix of Portland to PIR and positions PIR to continue seeking larger events. There is also the fundraising aspect of FOPIR that has contributed to multiple improvements to PIR. These include Race Worker stands, new front gates, the Holmatro Safety Tools, the Air Conditioning system in the Timing & Scoring building, equipment to test ticketing systems and more. Many of you have contributed to these causes and that support has made these things happen. These efforts benefit the multiple user groups and attendees of PIR. In normal times PIR operates over 500 events per year, has over 300,000 attendees for events that include swap meets, bicycle racing, obstacle course events, 5K walks/runs plus all the motorsports activities.
    Looking ahead, Mark Wigginton is returning to PIR for a short stint to bridge to a new PIR Track Manager. We are fortunate and grateful to Mark for stepping back in to assist. The FOPIR Board and membership will be needed to help steward PIR’s future with Mark and those that succeed him. Getting through COVID and ramping back up to normal operation is key. As the largest 501c3 of its type in Oregon, your voice and message to keep PIR strong is very important. Keep it loud and proud. Thank you for your continuing support and for these past six-years. Stay safe and healthy.

    Warm regards, E.C. Mueller

  • Remembering Gary Bockman

    It is with great sadness we pass on that FOPIR President Gary Bockman, lost his valiant battle with cancer on January 09, 2020. He will be greatly missed for his generosity, enthusiasm and commitment to FOPIR and to Portland International Raceway.

    The FOPIR Board of Directors is committed to carrying on Gary’s work. Please check back to the FOPIR and Portland International Raceway FaceBook pages over the coming days for additional information regarding a remembrance and services.

    Cards and letters can be sent to:
    Portland International Raceway
    1940 N Victory Blvd
    Portland, OR 97217.

    They will be delivered to the family.

    Click HERE for a wonderful remembrance of Gary.
    Information for remembrance event click HERE.

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    Our Mission

    Preserving and enhancing PIR as an accessible recreational facility for those who use it as both participants and spectators. FOPIR will exhibit stewardship in sustaining and expanding PIR's civic contribution as a public recreational area in North Portland. We will provide guidance and support for the management of PIR in a manner that assures its ongoing value to the community as a venue for all forms of recreation and entertainment.

    PLEASE DONATE TOWARDS OUR FUNDRAISER

    The stewardship of PIR’s evolution is a responsibility to be assumed with care and consistency. The Friends of PIR need your help to share and reinforce that stewardship through community action and communication. Your tax deductible donations will go towards fulfilling our goals of furthering the enhancement of PIR.

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    Our Story

    Friends of PIR is a 501(c3) nonprofit committed to the preservation and enhancement of Portland International Raceway (PIR) as a resource for those who use it, both participants and spectators alike; sustaining and expanding PIR's civic contribution as an institution in North Portland; providing guidance and support for the ongoing management of PIR in a manner that assures its ongoing value as a venue for motorsports and other diverse forms of recreation and entertainment.

    Portland International Raceway is a unique facility located in the city limits of Portland, OR. Through the stewardship and support of Friends of PIR it will continue to thrive as it offers a diverse array of activities for participants and spectators alike.

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    FOPIR Is…

    So much more...

    Portland International Raceway plays host to a variety of events from high speed road racing to motocross, car cruise-ins to bicycle racing, swap meets to numerous foot relays and runs, this city park has something for everyone. For over half a century PIR has been the site of a diverse array of events for participants and spectators of all ages. Unique in that it receives zero tax dollars the park continues to provide entertainment to an approximate 400,000 visitors each year.

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    History

    Portland International Raceway has a rich history. Constant change, economical growth and changes in Motorsport and sporting events means PIR is in a constant state of growth.

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