Gov. Gregoire Kicks off Rainier Cup
(KENT, Wash) – Pacific Raceways’ historic quarter-mile has hosted many legends of drag racing in its 52 years of operation. But Wednesday marked the first day that a sitting state governor has roared down the 1320-feet of concrete and asphalt.
And roared she did! Gov. Christine Gregoire carded an 8.489 at 152.90 miles per hour in the passenger seat of a Frank Hawley Drag Racing School dragster. It was all part of the Rainier Cup, an event that drew together elected officials, media and sponsors as a prelude to the 25th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals Presented by Super Start Batteries.
Hawley, who has a racing school is in Florida, had a pair of two-seat race cars on site with NHRA star “Fast” Jack Beckman driving the dragster. The event was sponsored by Griot’s Garage, Epic Seats, AAA Washington, and Round-up Media.
Media out for a dragster ride included Q-13, KING-TV, KIRO-TV, The Seattle Times, Reporter Newspapers, Dale Roberts of KZOK, and Jubal of KQMV. Local politicians included Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis, Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke, and King County Council Members Reagan Dunn and Pete von Reichbauer.