Local Racetrack Featured in Film

Jason Fiorito, Garth Stein, Pete von Reichbauer
Photo Courtesy Fox

In August, Seattle native Garth Stein’s best-selling novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, was released as a film by the same name. Like the novel, the film’s plot — told from the point of view of a dog and following the story of Formula One race car driver Denny Swift — is set in Seattle, though the film is shot largely in Vancouver. 

One local spot that some Washingtonians may recognize, however, is the racetrack featured toward the end of the film, during which Swift (Milo Ventimiglia) drives a Ferrari. The racetrack is Kent-based Pacific Raceways, a family-owned business since 1960. 

“We were enormously proud of how the movie showcased our facility,” said Jason Fiorito, president of Pacific Raceways. “It was a huge production for a few moments on camera, but so gratifying to be a part of a movie that showcases our region and industry.”

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is a staff writer for 425 magazine, who graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a double degree in English and French. She likes podcasts, tiny cacti, and Margaret Atwood, and can never say no to a French fry.
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