KENT, Wash. — (April 26, 2010) The votes have been counted and Pacific Grand Prix has been named “Best Guys Weekend Destination” in the KING 5 Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington contest.
Official results were announced Monday, with Pacific Grand Prix the opening feature on the Evening Magazine show. With more than 80 categories, the remaining winners of the 1,000+ nominated businesses will be announced on the show in coming weeks.
Contest nominees were selected mostly by consumer nomination and the winners chosen by popular vote — meaning the people who enjoy the variety of racing at the .82-mile track feel as strongly about Pacific Grand Prix as owners Paul and Juli Zalud.
“It was an honor just to be recognized as a nominee, but to actually win is fantastic,” Paul Zalud said. “However, we do need to point out that PGP is much more than a ‘guy’s destination’ — currently the fastest driver in our rental racing league is a young lady. We have entire families that come out so this complex is for moms as well. But hey, we’ll take the recognition any way we can get it!”
The honor comes in just the first full year of operation at the multi-purpose racing facility — the grand opening was on June 20, 2009 — with Pacific GP placing first in a highly competitive 10-destination category that included the winner and remaining top five finalists from the 2009 contest.
Pacific Grand Prix has many subtle elevation changes and unique characteristics combined with multiple configurations which make it perfect for all categories of racing, including rental and competition karting — featuring the exclusive-to-Pacific Grand Prix “Stars of PGP” racing series — Supermoto, drifting, car lapping, arrive-and-drive rentals, corporate events, group parties, practice days, and more.
Located next to Pacific Raceways and with majestic 14,000-foot Mount Rainier as the backdrop, Pacific Grand Prix is a 0.82-mile asphalt track with a main straight approaching 800 feet in length and 30 feet in width. With up to 15 turns, the layout is designed so that horsepower can be an advantage at the South end; longer straights and hard braking corners allowing for maximum passing zones. But the North end is very technically rewarding to the pilots with the best driving skills.
“The fact that there is all this motorsport activity taking place around us is only part of the story out here. It is actually just a great place to come on out and make yourself at home and take it all in,” said Paul Zalud. “We are currently building hillside viewing decks which allows spectators unprecedented viewing and we also have complimentary barbeque pits, tables and chairs, and coolers to make it as easy as possible for people to enjoy the day with us at PGP.”
Multiple racing activities can take place at any one time at Pacific Grand Prix, with events running simultaneously on both the North and South courses, and there is a free-standing scoring tower with wireless high-speed Internet and a store at the site.
All of which adds up to a can’t-miss day of fun at Pacific Grand Prix — one of the KING 5 Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington Great Getaways for 2010.
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About Pacific Grand Prix
Pacific Grand Prix is the Northwest’s premier multipurpose racing facility and is located in close proximity to the greater Seattle metropolitan area. The track is easy to get to and inexpensive to utilize, making PGP a rare combination of top-level racing excitement and affordability. For more information on PGP events and services, visit www.pacificgp.com or call (253) 639-7223.