IndyCar ditches Watkins Glen for Oregon for 2018 schedule

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NASCAR was at Watkins Glen International for the I Love New York 355 back in August. The track will no longer host IndyCar events for 2018. (WHAM photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Portland International Raceway is back on the IndyCar Series schedule in 2018.

The Sept. 2 race on the 1.967-mile permanent road course will be IndyCar's first trip to the Oregon track since races were held from 1984-2007 under CART and Champ Car sanction.

The race will be operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, which also promotes the IndyCar events at St. Petersburg, Toronto and Mid-Ohio.

Portland replaces Watkins Glen, New York, on the schedule.

There were no other major changes on the 17-race schedule as IndyCar sought stability in assembling its 2018 calendar. The race at Phoenix is returning to the first weekend in April. The race had moved this year to avoid conflicting with the NCAA men's basketball Final Four taking place in nearby Glendale, Arizona.

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