Kent’s Pacific Raceways played a part in 20th Century Fox’s new film “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” opening in theaters this Friday, Aug. 9.
The movie is adapted from Seattle native Garth Stein’s best-selling novel of the same name.
The film’s main character Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), is an amateur race car driver who races at Pacific Raceways in the movie and is a teacher at their school, a fictionalized version of Pacific Raceways’ ProFormance Racing Academy. ProFormance instructor Don Kitch Jr. is played in the movie by Gary Cole and Denny Swift’s character is influenced by Stein’s ProFormance instructor Kevin York. It’s a love story that centers around a Golden Retriever dog, which is voiced by Kevin Costner.
Here’s the trailer:
This movie release comes on the heels of Pacific Raceways’ recent $25M expansion announcement.
First opened in 1960, it 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 ProFormance Racing School. The track was built in 1959 by road construction company owner Dan Fiorito Sr. and his sons Dan Jr., Randy and Joe to provide a safe, controlled environment for racing. Pacific Raceways remains a family-owned business to this day, currently being operated by 3rd generation family member Jason Fiorito.
Pacific Raceways recently announced the Pacific Motorsports Park and Pacific Innovation Center (PMP/PIC). The $25M phase one of this multi-phased development will begin in late 2019 and includes an upgraded, repaved raceway, 200,000 square feet of prototype manufacturing space and garage space for racers, car enthusiasts and businesses. Future phases include an additional 1 million square feet of office, laboratory, and garage space.
Pacific Raceways is a multipurpose motorsports facility, located at 31001 144th Ave SE: