Parnelli Jones to attend Portland Historic event

Parnelli Jones Comes to Portland International Raceway Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races to Bring Driving Legend Parnelli Jones and a field of Historic Trans-Am cars to Portland International Raceway. PORTLAND, Ore. - Feb. 25, 2004 -...

Parnelli Jones Comes to Portland International Raceway

Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races to Bring Driving Legend Parnelli Jones and a field of Historic Trans-Am cars to Portland International Raceway.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Feb. 25, 2004 - The Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races will bring driving legend Parnelli Jones and a field of Historic Trans-Am cars to this year's vintage racing event. The 28th annual Portland Historic Races will take place July 9 through 11 at Portland International Raceway, 1940 N Victory Blvd. Gates are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for Friday, $25 for Saturday or Sunday, and are available at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted for free.

Jones, one of the most recognizable names in auto racing, has won nearly every major auto race event in the nation, including the Indianapolis 500 in 1963. In his career, Jones has won a total of six Indy Car races; 25 Sprint Car races; 25 Midget races; 13 Stock Car races on different circuits; both the Baja 500 and the 1000-mile races, twice; and two SCCA Trans-Am Championships.

Jones will be joined by a field of drivers at the wheels of Historic Trans-Am cars from the original no-holds-barred, highly competitive Trans-Am racing series. The Historic Trans-Am Group has done its best to re-create the original series as it appeared from 1966 to 1972. Only cars that actually raced in the initial series during those years are allowed to participate. Not only must cars appear as they did in the year of manufacture, they must meet the specifications and rules of the day.

Jones will be reunited with his Bud Moore prepared Boss 302 Mustang #15, the car he drove to win the 1970 Trans-Am Driver's Championship. Current owner and driver Harry Lipetz of Vancouver, BC, has restored the car to its original racing condition.

Another racing feature that is new to this year's event is a field of vintage motorcycles. The featured race is presented by Vmoto, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts dedicated to the restoration, preservation and racing of historic, classic and vintage road racing motorcycles.

The Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races features racing by some of the most celebrated vintage cars in history. Nearly 250 prestigious cars are divided into groups according their age and horsepower to compete at Portland International Raceway.

The event is also an opportunity for the general public to get up close and personal with these legendary cars. The cars are accessible to everyone at the track, and their drivers welcome interaction with fans.

In addition to racing, the event offers a display of more than 900 collector cars and hot rods; a family zone; a vendor midway; and an upscale food and wine pavilion.

For more information about the Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races, call 503-274-0019 or visit www.portlandhistorics.com.

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