(KENT, Wash) – A Street Automotive will be the new title sponsor of Pacific Raceways popular Summit ET drag race series, it was announced by track officials today. The Auburn repair shop takes over the naming rights after Swift Tool concluded an eight-year run.
A Street Automotive is owned by Rob Gillett, who has a long career in a variety of motorsports from stock cars to boat racing to the latest iteration of drag racing – electric vehicles. Gillett, who cut his mechanical teeth on a NASCAR Winston West team and as a crew member on the Oh Boy Oberto unlimited hydroplane, has most recently been involved with the development of the all-electric, 8-second Ford Cobra Jet 1400 drag car by famed race team Hancock and Lane. On top of that, Gillett has more than 30-years of experience in the professional auto industry.
“We are very pleased to have another local company like A Street Automotive find value in sponsoring our grassroots racing series,” said John Ramsey, raceway general manager. “An opening to sponsor our top tier drag program doesn’t come along too often and Rob was ready to carry on the tradition with a multi-year agreement.”
The A Street Automotive ET Gold Cup Series will have 13 races between April and August. The series features one of the longest running guaranteed payouts in the northwest for Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle classes. Drivers in the ultra-competitive series chase championship points and a place on the Pacific Pirates ET Team that competes at the NHRA Division 6 Summit ET Finals over Labor Day weekend.
“As a Seattle native and longtime motor sports enthusiast, Pacific Raceways has been a big part of my life since I was a kid,” said Gillett. “I’m excited to be the title sponsor for the Summit ET Drag Racing Series and share in the thrill of drag racing in the Pacific Northwest with other racers and fans.”
“Rob is a great person and has a passion for drag racing,” said Ed Garfield, Pacific Raceways drag strip manager. “Getting Rob more involved with our local drag racers will have a huge benefit. He has a passion for the sport, which will help our series continue to grow.”
A Street Automotive has been a fixture in Auburn for more than 30 years. The repair shop has skilled and trained technicians with extensive experience and specialized hands-on training using the latest diagnostic equipment. Unlike many auto repair shops, they use OEM or equivalent parts and have competitive prices backing their repairs with a 24 month or 24,000-mile warranty. A Street Automotive’s specialized services include engine repairs and rebuilds, electrical diagnostics, transmission repairs and overhauls, suspension repairs and alignment, brake services, and routine maintenance.
The shop is located at 225 A Street SE just south of Highway 18. The office number is (253) 833-1000 and you can find out more online at www.astreetautomotive.com.