June 20th, 2014 | by AARON MESH News | Posted In: Business, City Hall, Sports

City of Portland Will Pay Someone $72,000 a Year to Manage Its Racetrack

racewayDrag racing at Portland International Raceway - PP&R

Attention, grease monkeys: The City of Portland needs a new racetrack manager.

Portland Parks & Recreation is looking for a new manager for Portland International Raceway, a 260-acre motorsports park that hosts stock car, motocross and drag races.

The salary starts at $72,768 a year—though the city will pay the right candidate as much as $97,800 annually.

Current raceway manager Mark Wiggington is retiring after 14 years on the job.

Applicants will need to demonstrate more than proficiency with a wrench. They'll need to show they can make the racetrack turn a profit.

"The motor sports park is operated as a business enterprise with expectations for maximizing revenues, controlling costs, and producing an operating surplus," the city's job listing says. "The business model requires aggressive efforts to achieve maximum utilization."

Parks spokesman Mark Ross says the job has fundamentally changed from when the racetrack opened in 1960.

"The position has evolved from simply managing races and car shows to expanding our mission of inclusivity and outreach to underserved communities across the city," Ross says. "For example, on June 7 we had the first ever Portland Parks and Recreation tango and salsa dance festival at the raceway."

The raceway is a 12-turn, 1.9-mile stock car track in far North Portland. It hosts more than 500 events a year, but is probably most noted for its "late-night drags."

 
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