Pacific Raceways: Celebrating 60 Years

This year marks 60 years of Pacific Raceways, the iconic motorsports facility in Kent where attendees experience some of the most exciting races in drag and road course, as well as enthusiast club events.

Known for its renowned 10-turn, 2.25-mile course, the track was opened in 1960 by Dan Fiorito Sr. and is now operated by his grandson Jason Fiorito. One thing that all drivers and media agreed upon right from the first year was that the track is “gorgeous.” The cozy feeling created by surrounding fir trees, foothills of Mount Rainier looming over the background of Turn 9, and the elevation losses and gains on the back portions create a very special feeling and makes the course as appealing as any in the states.

Now, after 60 legendary years, the iconic track is getting a few upgrades. Jason Fiorito is excited to share this new part of Pacific Raceways with the public. “We are thrilled to have a third-generation business celebrating 60 years of racing and innovation,” Fiorito says. “This year we will open the Pacific Innovation Center, which will pair motor racing with innovative technology and is on track to open this summer.”

The Pacific Innovation Center, which seeks to highlight “innovation companies and start-ups in the automotive industry,” is part of an expansion project begun in late 2018. These additions include a repaved raceway, 200,000 sq/ft of mixed space, garages, and upgraded concession facilities, along with the Pacific Innovation Center. They are scheduled for opening beginning summer 2020, which gives fans of the track an exciting change to anticipate.

The 2020 race schedule for Pacific Railways gives even more reason to look forward to what the track has in store. Races are set in which tens of thousands will frequent the same grounds where Mario Andretti won an incredible USAC race in 1969. As the celebration unfolds throughout 2020, Fiorito and his team also encourage fans and the public to share memorabilia that will be assembled and presented as a cumulative history of the track. Join in the camaraderie, history, and future of Pacific Raceways in its 60th year by visiting their website: pacificraceways.com or the track itself, at 31001 144th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98042.

MARTINA PRESTON