GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2002) - The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has signed a multi-year member track agreement with Pacific Raceways, it was announced today. As part of the agreement, Pacific Raceways, formerly known as ...
GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2002) - The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has signed a multi-year member track agreement with Pacific Raceways, it was announced today.
As part of the agreement, Pacific Raceways, formerly known as Seattle International Raceway, will host an NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event, as well as participate in several of NHRA's grassroots racing programs, including the NHRA Summit Racing Series, Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League and NHRA Street Legal Program.
"We are pleased to announce this partnership with Pacific Raceways and finally put all of the speculation to rest," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. "The Fiorito family has already demonstrated through their hard work that they have what it takes to become an outstanding partner in growing the sport of NHRA drag racing. We look forward to working with Pacific Raceways as a valued member track to build upon NHRA's popularity and entertainment value in the Northwest."
Highlighting the track's NHRA program will be the 15th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Northwest Nationals, July 26-28. More than 500 competitors are expected to participate in the $1.8 million event, including NHRA's marquee categories: Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock. Tickets are available for the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event by calling Pacific Raceways at (253) 639-5927.
"Pacific Raceways is just thrilled about our new relationship with the NHRA," said Jason Fiorito, Pacific Raceways president. "The great Northwest motorsports fans have been very loyal to our track and can now rest assured that drag racing and the NHRA will play an important role at Pacific Raceways for years to come. We are very excited to offer everyone an improved facility in which to enjoy many types of auto racing, including the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series."
Pacific Raceways is in the first phase of an extensive rebuilding process. Recent renovations have included a refurbished pro pit area and remodeled concession stands and restrooms. In addition, the launch pads on the race track have been widened by four feet. The south side grandstand, which held 4,200 spectators, has been replaced with a new grandstand structure capable of seating 5,000.
"These are just the first steps of a major overhaul of the entire facility," said Fiorito. "In the next two years we hope to complete our renovations, which ultimately involves running drag races in the opposite direction."
Pacific Raceways sits just south of metropolitan Seattle and is the premier motorsports facility in the Northwest. The multi-purpose facility, in operation since 1960, features a quarter-mile drag strip and 2.25-mile road course carved out of the natural wooded-terrain. Pacific Raceways is located on 320 acres in Washington's King County, just off Highway 18 in Kent, Wash.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 130 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.