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Portland loses Champ Car race

    Portland’s longstanding open-wheel race appeared dead Friday after officials from the Indy Racing League and Champ Car signed a deal to unify the two American open-wheel series.

    This year’s event, which was to be run July 27 at Portland International Raceway, brought money, gearheads and glamour to the city during its heyday but had lost much of its luster during 12 years of bitter rivalry between the two series that confused fans, promoted apathy and nearly buried the sport.

    “I’m disappointed that Champ Car has decided to cancel their entire season before their 25th anniversary race at PIR,” Portland Mayor Tom Potter said in a statement. “The race has always been good for the city, bringing national and international attention and visitors here.”

    — Excerpt from The Oregonian, February 23, 2008


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