Pacific Grand Prix at Pacific Raceways Nears Completion The much anticipated Pacific Grand Prix (PGP) circuit at Pacific Raceways made a major step forward last week as the final pavement was laid down at the facility. Waiting only for a stretch...
Pacific Grand Prix at Pacific Raceways Nears Completion
The much anticipated Pacific Grand Prix (PGP) circuit at Pacific Raceways made a major step forward last week as the final pavement was laid down at the facility. Waiting only for a stretch of dry weather, the PGP crew finally received that last week and was able to pave the entire facility including the paddock in a three day period. Fencing is up, grandstands are in, the infields and track edges are all prepped and ready for Hydroseeding.
"The asphalt finally brings life to a truly amazing complex," explained Pacific Grand Prix President Paul Zalud in a recent phone conversation from the facility. "The area is huge and everything is coming around exactly as planned. The racing surface is as smooth as glass, the curbs are great for racing and the drainage for the track is second to none. I want to thank all the crew and all the hard work from all of our volunteers that have been donating the endless hours these last few weeks. None of us can wait to get on the circuit!"
Over 23,000 square yards of a specifically designed polymer asphalt mix was utilized to complete the facility. With the paddock done on the first day and the North and South tracks being completed on days two and three, PGP is beginning to look like the facility of the future. With thousands of hours and years of political wrangling, permitting, environmental issues and everything else in between, PGP will see the first karts on track this Friday. This is just a soft opening for our 40 rental karts that will have exclusivity for the first two weeks before we add racing karts and Supermotos to our schedule. A Grand Opening will be held in June.
With a .82 mile racing surface featuring 15 corners and a 700 foot straight-away, the multi-directional facility will incorporate six different racing configurations that can all be run in both directions. A free-standing scoring tower equipped with wireless highspeed internet is in place and ready for use while the main store on site is scheduled for construction completion in mid-summer.
With views that cannot be duplicated anywhere, Pacific Grand Prix is set within a valley where 1.8 million cubic yards of earth were removed, dropping 20 acres by 50 feet and creating a true velodrome where spectators can look down on every corner regardless of where you are on the property edge. PGP is located adjacent to a 2.1-mile road course, a ¼ mile drag strip, a motocross track, 8 brand new soccer and rugby fields. The facility is only a short drive from the 3 million people that make up the Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma metropolis.
With Pacific Grand Prix nearing completion, the facility will be one of the most sought after tracks in North America, certified as a CIK B-Level circuit. With the ability to hold corporate outings, national events in karting and Supermoto as well as arrive and drive opportunities and karting schools, Pacific Grand Prix is the place to be. With no corners cut and attention to detail at the greatest, Pacific Grand Prix will be the home to many new forms of racing in the northwest.
News about Pacific Grand Prix's strategic partners will be announced in the coming weeks.
For more information on Pacific Grand Prix including information on how to get into kart racing, arrive and drive opportunities, rental karts, corporate outings and track rental, please contact Paul Zalud at 206.390.9858 or via e-mail to Paul@PacificGP.com or visit the facility online at www.PacificGP.com
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