Oregon Motorsports Milestones 1905-2018
Oregon has so many motorsport milestones found within the World of Speed Archive Collection that it was hard to pick just one for every decade, but we did and its only the tip of the iceberg. From the first transcontinental race across America ending in Oregon in 1905 to the return of Indy car championship racing at PIR in 2018, Oregon has had some great racing moments.
The emergence of race tracks of all types made Oregon a landing spot for racing. Generations of race enthusiasts made it onto the track, in the pit, and to the bleachers as local racing culture grew and went main stream. Along the way, Portland was home to the Duchess, the only female race team manager of her time; Willy T. Ribbs became the first racer of color to win the Rose Cup; and a soon-to-be President Jimmy Carter waved a race flag at PIR.