The current 25 year lease for SIR expires at the end of this year and the owners, the Fiorito family of Seattle, are returning the name of "Pacific Raceways", the name it was called before it became Seattle International Raceway. I raced my first car, a '55 Chevy (with 327 and 4-speed!... ran high-14's) while I was going to the University of Washington when it was called Pacific Raceways (time flies).
Changes to the track? Pretty sure there will be no major changes to the road course layout, but it will be made safer and brought up to FIA standards. I also hear that they want to reverse the direction of the dragstrip so it is not facing the sun in the evening. Otherwise, from the sounds of it, the owners want to modernize everything! New restrooms (BADLY needed), new concession stands, new grandstands and a new modern tower that will straddle the beginning of the straight, like other modern racing facilities. They even plan to have on track businesses related to performance for fixing or prepping a car. This will all be done over a period of time (not sure how long) so they do not have to shut down the facility for drags or road course use.
For another source of info, go to: http://www.bmwpugetsound.com/
* Select "DRIVING" on the left column.
* Then select "Future Plans for Seattle International Raceway"
I'm excited and sounds like it will be a 1st class operation when everything is completed!
Pacific Raceways just opened its new web site ... Go to the link below to keep track of progress!