Pacific Raceway - July 18, 1990 The track (formerly Seattle International Raceway) is traveled in the counter-clockwise direction, with the front straight doubling as a drag strip. In 1992, a 2nd gear chicane was added to the exit of the 180 degree sweeper (turn 9) on the right to slow down entrance speeds to the straight. The first 400 feet of the drag strip is concrete to help the dragsters get better launches, but is potentially lethal to motorcycles when leaned over (especially in the wet). In '92, James Bailey crashed coming on to the front straight, and was subsequently struck by another racer, and killed. The chicane is known as Bailey's Bus Stop, and provides some interesting action as racers try to position themselves for better drives. Also, it provides great viewing as now most bikes can loft the front end under acceleration...
The track was purchased back by the original Fiorito family in 2001, and is now undergoing significant improvements, both for motorcycling, and autos.
Portland International Raceway - June 20, 1994 PIR is actually a city park, and is traveled in the clockwise direction and is a great blend of handling and horsepower. Pretty smooth and with well-defined straights and braking areas, there are a lot of opportunities to pass, safely. The chicane located towards the end of the front straight is not used by motorcycles, as it involves pavement transitions, but is used by CART. The interior of the track is a motocross park.
Spokane Raceway Park SRP is located to the west of Spokane, WA, adjacent to a prison and an Air Force base. Due to it's locale next to the base, USGS satellite photographs were not taken of this area (or at least not made publicly available). But at any rate, I did cop this aerial picture from the SRP web site. At 2.5 miles in total length (counterclockwise), this track has an insanely long straight! Located at 1900 feet above sea level, it also plays havoc with race day jetting. Most of the track was resurfaced in 1997, and offers excellent grip, even in the wet. The owners are continually improving both the facilities, and the area around the track to make it both safer and more pleasant.
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