New Seattle facility breaks ground

Ground Breaks on New 'Pacific Grand Prix' Circuit in Seattle Seattle, WA (October 16th, 2006) -- The latest in a wave of first class karting facilities to be built in North America broke ground in Seattle. Pacific Grand Prix will be an FIA-CIK...

Ground Breaks on New 'Pacific Grand Prix' Circuit in Seattle

Seattle, WA (October 16th, 2006) -- The latest in a wave of first class karting facilities to be built in North America broke ground in Seattle. Pacific Grand Prix will be an FIA-CIK certified Karting, SuperMoto and recreational motorsports facility located within the existing Pacific Raceway's grounds that also houses an NHRA drag-strip, 2.25 mile road course, and motocross facility. The karting complex is owned by Seattle resident Paul Zalud, who is also the President and co-owner of the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL with Bobby Rahal and Bryan Herta, North America's premier kart racing series. Mr. Zalud is also the owner of Shift Kart, Inc., a karting specific Importer, Distributor and Retail Company that will be re-opening its doors after a couple year hiatus.

"This has been a project 8 years in the making and it is very exciting to finally get to this point," stated Zalud. "It would have been easy to build a circuit out in the middle of nowhere but the need to have this complex close in proximity to population was essential. Karting is an unknown to the general public here and this actually becomes the opportunity, to introduce consumers to this wonderful sport of karting, promote multiple events and retain them as long term customers. This is a great value in entertainment and a fantastic family sport whether you are participating or are a spectator," added Zalud.

Pacific Grand Prix will be much more than just a ribbon of asphalt designed for hard core speed demons. The multi-configuration facility will incorporate many unique elements, including; elevated pits and mechanics' viewing areas, F-1 style starting lights, covered pre-grid area, a lighted oval circuit incorporated into the center of the complex, substantial engineering and implementation of drainage so Northwest weather will not effect the usage, and much more. There will be garage storage units on-site for lease. One of the most unique features of this complex will be the 750,000 cubic yards of dirt being removed to create a natural velodrome stadium setting with natural grandstand seating for unprecedented viewing of the Karting and Supermoto events to be promoted.

The focus of Pacific Grand Prix will go well beyond racing however, the facility is designed to host corporate events and parties and provide a unique and exciting alternative to the usual company picnic or golf outing. A key strategy of Pacific Grand Prix will be to capitalize on the over two million Greater Seattle residents that live within a short distance to the facility. The facility's infrastructure will include a 6,000 square foot building dedicated to corporate entertainment and Arrive and Drive customers utilizing our full fleet of high performance rental karts, classroom space for driving schools, motorsports related retail sales and full service center, as well as amenities befitting a quality experience.

-credit: pacificgp.com

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