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Pacific Raceways, Kent

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Pacific Raceways is a legendary motorsports facility located in Kent, WA. The family-owned business opened in 1960 to provide a safe, controlled environment for racing. The track was constructed by Dan Fiorito Sr., who owned a heavy road construction company. His sons, Dan Jr. and Joe were part of the construction crew that built the track.

The unique 2.25 mile, nine turn road course has hosted some of the world’s most notable international drivers, who favored the circuit’s quick elevation change of 110 feet in less than one-half mile.

In 1969, Mario Andretti won his first and only Indianapolis 500 in May. He used a late season victory at the Dan Gurney 200 at Pacific Raceways to catapult his way to a USAC National Championship. The October event featured two heats, the first won by Al Unser, who finished second in the National Championship chase.

Drag racing has always been an integral part of Pacific Raceways’ heritage. In the inaugural race held over the Fourth of July weekend in 1960, Northwest legend Dick Kalivoda took top honors scorching the quarter-mile in 11.78 seconds in his B/Modified Roadster, setting an NHRA national elapsed time (E.T.) record. The fabled Kent track – a favorite of match racers in the 1970s – was the site of promoter Bill Doner’s infamous “64 Funny Cars,” which featured a who’s who of floppers from around the country.

The track, which hosted the NHRA Fall Nationals for several years, most recently has been part of NHRA’s grueling “western swing” – three races in three consecutive weekends including stops in Denver and Sonoma, CA. In 2011, national retailer O’Reilly Auto Parts was named title sponsor of the NHRA Northwest Nationals, part of NHRA’s Full Throttle professional drag race series.

In addition to its many race events on both the road course and drag strip, Pacific Raceways is a training ground for law enforcement agencies throughout the Northwest, who rent the facility to practice pursuit driving. Pacific Raceways is also home to ProFormance Racing School and Pacific Grand Prix.
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  • We went to see some races and was not disappointed its loud but fun if you like car races then come to Pacific raceway  more »
  • PRI is where I learned to drive at 14, in my Dad's Jaguar. We went there frequently since he was an amateur race driver, running a 1959 Porsche 356C. Lot's of fun! Still the place to go for the best i...  more »
  • Great track. Clean and friendly. We have gone to several car events over the years never had any issues.  more »
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  • Flipping awesome as usual. Races were amazing, again my son wouldn't let us leave til the last race. NHRA pits were amazing got to meet all our favorites. Lots of food and beverages all over (corn dogs were our favorite) so you get what you want with ease. Great time every time.
  • Always a great time. We have been camping track side for the northwest nationals since I was a kid and now I bring my kids. We love the racing and the atmosphere. It would be nice to see pacific raceways give the folks paying big bucks to stay trackside some additional perks for as much money as they spend to be there but besides that I have no complaints.
  • For the first time, we paid for the Finish Line club. The tent provided great shade but you could also walk out in the sun to get a better view of the races. The pop and water were free and the free food was amazing that was included in the price of the Finish Club ticket.
  • Had fun here for a car show and races. The cars could've placed in rows better. Mostly in rows and then randomly placed in spots. I had a good time though.
  • Great track and great events held here! Family friendly. Awesome races and awesome cars/motorcycles come out. Prices are reasonable. If you ride motorcycles or cars, make sure you participate in the track days held here! Each organization has helpful staff and a great community of people all coming together for the love of the sport!
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