Pacific Raceways Groundbreaking Ceremony for $200M Expansion Puts
Spotlight on New Pacific Innovation Center
Aug. 19, 2021 (KENT, Wash) –On the heels of celebrating 60 years of heart stopping racing, the multi-purpose raceway officially broke ground on the extensive expansion plans which begins with the 25M buildout of the Pacific Innovation Center (PIC) and Pacific Motorsports Park (PMP). The Pacific Innovation Center is one of four “Projects of Statewide Significance” designated by the Department of Commerce.
Photo Id: King County Council Member Rob Dembowski, Jason Fiorito, Barb Fiorito, Dan Fiorito, King County Council Member Pete von Reichbauer.
ABOUT THE GROUNDBREAKING EVENT
The groundbreaking event was held at Pacific Raceways in the early afternoon and was attended by over 100 notable guests, including elected officials, representatives’, sponsors, and fans who showed their enthusiasm for the transformative addition of the Pacific Innovation Center and Motorsports Park to the Raceway.
Pacific Raceways president, Jason Fiorito explained “We are going to continue to be a racetrack, and now this transition redefines the infrastructure to include a test bed for transportation industry innovation and that solidifies the sustainability of racing in our region.”
In the keynote, Fiorito also acknowledged the previous generations of the Fiorito family for their unwavering commitment to the sport, the track and the racing community and expressed gratitude to the elected officials, many in attendance, for their support of the project and the years of work to get to this point.
Next track partner Ron Erickson spoke of the importance of the designation and how the expansion will house innovative automotive companies, ambitious startups, and act as a hub for critical industry research for future automotive technologies.
Then King County Council Member, Pete von Reichbauer brought the program to a close applauding this project as an example of how King County and the cities of Auburn and Kent are bringing more living wage jobs to their communities.
Attendees also got to experience professional sports car track rides and individual kart racing circuit laps after lunch.
Pacific Innovation Center and Motorsports Park Aerial
ABOUT THE EXPANSION
Construction on the five initial buildings will total 200,000 square feet and will be used as garage/shop, business, innovation center and retail space. Racers, retail, enthusiasts, and technology development companies can utilize prototype manufacturing, storage and workspace for their core purposes while being located steps away from the track. Miles Resources began the groundwork in 2019. Already 75% of the space in the first two buildings (60,000sf) has already been pre-leased by Milt Reimers of CBRE.
Poe Construction has been tapped to build both the Pacific Innovation Center and the Motorsports Park. Pacific Raceways has been owned and operated by the Fiorito family since 1959, and the track expansion project has been in the ideation phase for nearly twenty years.
This is a developing project and new information will be released as construction progresses
For more information and updates on the Pacific Raceways expansion project https://www.pacificracewaysevent.com/pacific-motorsports-park-and-innovation-center
ABOUT PACIFIC RACEWAYS
Pacific Raceways is an iconic multipurpose motorsports facility in Kent, WA. Opened in 1960 and is home to an internationally recognized 10-turn, 2.25-mile road course. The raceway is also popular for its drag racing, car enthusiast clubs and the onsite ProFormance Racing School. www.pacificraceways.com
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