Phoenix International Raceway Track News Archive

  • Pop singer/songwriter/actress JoJo will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" at Phoenix: Pop singer/songwriter and actress JoJo will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday afternoon. "I'm so excited to return to Phoenix International Raceway and perform at the semifinal race in the Chase," said JoJo. "I feel extremely honored to have the opportunity once again to sing the National Anthem in front of such amazing and dedicated racing fans."
    The multi-platinum singer burst onto the music scene in 2004 with her debut single "Leave (Get Out)," which reached no. 1 on the Billboard Pop songs chart, making her the youngest solo artist to have a number-one single in the United States, at thirteen years old, as well as the youngest solo artist to receive at MTV Video Music Award Nomination. After a follow up album, "The High Road" was released in 2006, the Foxborough, Mass., native most recently released three singles known as "III." on iTunes in support of her forthcoming third studio album scheduled for a November 2015 release.
    Apart from her work in music, JoJo has earned success in her career as an actress. She made her first television acting debut in 2002 on The Bernie Mac Show. Her starring role in the Twentieth Century Fox film, Aquamarine, garnered JoJo multiple award nominations including a Teen Choice Award - Movies "Choice Breakout." Her follow up Columbia Pictures film, RV, co-starring Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines, Josh Hutcherson and Kristin Chenoweth opened at No. 1 in the Box Office during its first week of release. JoJo most recently appeared in her third film, G.B.F., which was released in 2013.
    Race fans attending the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Nov. 13 will hear the national anthem performed by the Anglim Sisters. The country singing trio from Scottsdale, Ariz., covers contemporary rock ballads and is looking to release a self-titled debut album.
    Although the grandstands are sold out for Sunday's race, fans wishing to attend the final Eliminator race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup may still purchase general admission tickets to PIR's Hillside area. Tickets for Friday and Saturday, as well as Sunday's Hillside area, may be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com or by phone at 866-408-RACE.(PIR)(11-13-2015)

  • PIR'S Park 'N Ride Program Offers NASCAR Fans Travel Option: Phoenix International Raceway has announced the operating schedule for its Park 'N Ride program - encouraging race fans to take advantage of the convenient shuttle service when traveling to and from the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 15. After much success in recent years, the Park 'N Ride program returns to Ak-Chin Pavilion, located just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue (Exit 135) at 2121 N. 83rd Ave. All NASCAR fans heading to PIR are encouraged to enter at the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on Pavilion grounds, from where shuttle bus service (provided by First Student Charter of Phoenix) will take you to the Gate 4 area at the track.
    Cost for parking and shuttle services to PIR will remain at $7 per car. Those with a PIR-issued parking pass or a government-issued disability parking tag may ride for free. This year, all shuttle buses are ADA compliant to make sure all race fans are able to get to the track safely. Shuttle buses will take guests to PIR via preferential traffic routes, offering guests an earlier arrival to the facility. With the green flag dropping on the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at 12:30 p.m. (local), Park 'N Ride services will be available for 12 hours - from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. - on Sunday, giving all NASCAR fans an alternate transportation option before and after the race. The first shuttle will depart at 7:30 a.m., with PIR gates open to the public at 8 a.m. Although the grandstands are sold out for Sunday's race, race fans wishing to attend the final Eliminator race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup may still purchase general admission tickets to PIR's Hillside area. Tickets and pit passes may be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com, by phone at 866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the track ticket office.(PIR)(11-13-2015)

  • Phoenix International Raceway to recognize Veterans: Phoenix International Raceway's race has fallen on or around Veterans Day for nearly the past 15 years. This weekend, the track will be recognizing veterans throughout the weekend for the DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans on Saturday, Nov. 14 and the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 on Sunday, Nov. 15. For the second year-in-a-row, PIR partnered with Disabled American Veterans to present the DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans NASCAR XFINITY Series Race on Saturday, Nov. 14 and will be hosting and recognizing US military veterans during pre-race ceremonies. As part of their outreach, the track has been running a donation campaign to raise money to support the DAV's efforts to educate and assist US military veterans and their families.
    On Sunday, Nov. 15, all five major branches of the US military will be represented during pre-race ceremonies prior to the start of the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race in a show of patriotism. The US Air Force will even be performing an induction ceremony prior to driver introductions.
    The honorary officials for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 will recognize several notable veterans. The Grand Marshal will be highly decorated US Navy Veteran and US Senator for the State of Arizona John McCain. US Marine Corps Veteran and former UFC Champion Brian Stann will act as Honorary Pace Car Driver, while the honorary Starter will be the 22-year US Army Veteran and Head of Veterans Affairs for Quicken Loans, Rob Ells. The Invocation given on Sunday prior to the start of the race will be delivered by Chaplain and retired National Guard member Colonel Daniel Butler courtesy of the University of Phoenix who with Quicken Loans and other PIR Partners donated tickets for Veterans to attend the race.
    In cooperation with Luke Air Force Base, attendees at the race will enjoy the first-ever F-35 flyover highlighting the newest unit to be housed at the Glendale base while and the Honor and Remembrance flag will fly above the score tower.
    NASCAR will host the 29th NASCAR Troops to the Track program of 2015, presented by Bank of America, when it welcomes a group of airmen from Luke Air Force Base to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. The NASCAR Troops to the Track program is a season-long initiative that honors members of the military for their services and treats them to customized experiences at a NASCAR race.
    In partnership with Honor and Remember, NASCAR will also welcome the Gold Star families of U.S. Army Spc. Thomas H. Byrd and U.S. Army Sgt. James Witkowski to Phoenix International Raceway. Spc. Byrd was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia, and was killed Oct. 15, 2005, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sgt. Witkowski was assigned to the 729th Transportation Company, Army Reserve, Fresno, California, and died Oct. 26, 2005, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during convoy operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
    Additionally, Comcast, the title sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series, will host approximately 75 military veterans and guests, all of whom are from Arizona, at the DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans. Comcast worked with local VetNet chapters in Arizona to select the veterans invited to the race.(PIR)(11-12-2015)

  • Phoenix International Raceway announces fan guidelines, traffic info: Phoenix International Raceway is encouraging fans to prepare for race day traffic by arriving early and enjoying the full NASCAR experience during the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 event weekend, Nov. 12-15. In addition to the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 12:30 p.m. (local), the race weekend at PIR will include the DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m., the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. and the Casino Arizona 100 NASCAR K&N Series West race on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m..
    FAN GUIDELINES A NASCAR weekend at ZOOMTOWN, U.S.A., is an experience like no other. Expect exciting racing on the track and a fun party atmosphere throughout the raceway. Whether you are a die-hard fan cheering on your favorite driver or a first-time fan catching NASCAR fever, PIR is the place for your entertainment. Expect to have a great time while taking part in the interactive displays on our fan midway or experiencing great live entertainment on one of our many stages. A full list of fan guidelines, including when to arrive, what to expect, recommended attire, what you can or cannot bring and a full list of activities scheduled throughout race weekend is available by visiting www.PhoenixRaceway.com and selecting the "Visiting PIR" tab at the top of the homepage and browsing to the "PIR 101: Raceday FAQ's" page.
    TRAFFIC Phoenix International Raceway, in collaboration with the Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County's Department of Transportation and Sheriff's Office, and the cities of Avondale and Goodyear, recommend the following guidelines when traveling to and from the raceway:
    · When exiting I-10, westbound or eastbound, be sure to follow the signage and traffic plan marked out to guide you to the track for the quickest and safest route. During the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 event weekend at PIR, traffic safety will deploy more than 4,000 traffic cones, 600 barricades, approximately 75 people, and numerous special signs and vehicles to help ensure safe travel for the nearly 100,000 fans heading to the track.
    · Race fans can call 511 and press *7 when prompted for traffic updates. Additionally, fans can check for traffic updates on Twitter at Twitter.com/PhoenixRaceway.
    · On Sunday, the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 will conclude at approximately 3 p.m. with the heaviest outbound flow of traffic expected to take place from 3 to 6 p.m. During this period, motorists traveling on I-10 will experience intermittent closing of Exit 131 (Avondale Boulevard) to allow for the successful egress of race traffic.
    PARK 'N RIDE ENCOURAGED FOR SUNDAY Due to the expected race day traffic on Sunday, Nov. 15, PIR and local authorities are encouraging fans to utilize the highly efficient Park 'N Ride program. Park 'N Ride is located at the Ak-Chin Pavilion, just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue (Exit 135). All NASCAR fans heading to PIR are advised to enter at the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on Pavilion grounds. From there, a shuttle from First Student Charter of Phoenix will transport patrons to a location near Gate 4 at the track. Pick-up after the race will be from the same location. Park 'N Ride services will be available from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., giving all NASCAR fans an alternate transportation option, before and after the race. The first shuttle will depart at 7:30 a.m. The raceway opens to the public Sunday at 8 a.m. Cost for parking and shuttle services to and from PIR is $7 per car for fans without PIR-issued parking passes. Guests with PIR-issued parking passes or with government-issued disability parking tags can utilize the Park 'N Ride at no charge. ADA accessible buses are available.
    PARKING Fans driving their own vehicles to the track should remember that their parking pass determines the exits they should take from I-10 to the race. Motorists who take the wrong routes may face major delays as they approach the track. Phoenix International Raceway is proud to offer nearly 900 disabled parking spaces on our property, and all fans who purchase a wheelchair-accessible seat to the race will receive a parking pass for the ADA lot. PIR provides a free tram system that operates along the southern edge of the facility. Guests who utilize the tram system will be dropped off near the entry gate. ONLY those fans with PIR-issued parking passes and government-issued disability parking permits should exit at Avondale Boulevard (Exit 131). Refer to the reverse side of the parking pass for directions to and from the track. Fans without passes who plan to use the free general parking lots must exit the roadway at either Litchfield Road (Exit 128) or Estrella Parkway (Exit 126) and travel south following directions.
    DIRECTIONS Directions to free parking lots - Eastbound: Take Estrella Parkway (Exit 126). Drive south approximately five miles to Vineyard Road. Follow the signs and directions from officers and deputies to the parking lots.
    Directions to free parking lots - Westbound: Take Litchfield Road (Exit 128). Drive south approximately two miles to MC 85. Drive west on MC 85 approximately one mile to Bullard Avenue. Drive south on Bullard Avenue and follow the signs and directions from officers and deputies to the parking lots.
    Directions for Local Traffic - MC 85 (Buckeye Road): Local fans who travel on MC 85 (Buckeye Road) should exit on Litchfield Road or Bullard Avenue. Fans with special passes and permits only may use Avondale Boulevard.(PIR)(11-11-2015)

  • "X FACTOR USA" Star singing National Anthem before XFINITY race at Phoenix: Fans at Phoenix International Raceway will be in for a treat at the DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans when Drew Ryniewicz, one of the breakout stars of FOX's talent-search show "X Factor USA," performs the national anthem on stage before the start of the race. The talented young singer from Chino Valley burst onto the national scene in 2011 as a 14-year-old when she captured the attention of millions of fans with her unique and soulful renditions of songs such as Justin Bieber's Baby on "X Factor USA." Her popularity with the show's viewers was so strong that host Simon Cowell declared that she was "now known simply as 'Drew.'" Since her season on "X Factor USA," Drew has released her first EP, "Hello it's Me," performed across the country, and spent time in Nashville and Los Angeles writing and recording. She recently released a new original single titled Ugly off of a new album set to debut in early 2016. She has also been on tour for the last several months performing and speaking to teens about bullying.(PIR)(11-6-2015)

  • Phoenix race weekend entertainment announced: A full lineup of race weekend entertainment has been announced for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway featuring theme nights at the Cantina with bands entertaining fans throughout the weekend. Each night, the Cantina will be highlighted by a different theme for PIR fans to enjoy. Thursday, Nov. 12, will be Country Night at the Cantina with entertainment by Hillbilly Deluxe and Harry Luge Band. Appropriately, Friday the 13 will be Zombie Night at the Cantina with music from Badmotorfinger, while Saturday, Nov. 14 will be highlighted by METALHEAD and special musical guests for 80's Night. On Friday and Saturday night, the American Born Moonshine Bar will be open on the Cantina patio featuring specialty moonshine drinks.
    Prior to the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 on Sunday, Nov. 15, powerhouse rock band Everclear will also be performing a free concert for any fan with a grandstand ticket. The group, who recently released their ninth studio album titled Black Is The New Black, will entertain fans in the midway area at 10:30am/mt.
    Famous for deconstructing popular music, DJ Michaelis will be back this fall to put his own twist on the traditional driver introductions. The West Coast DJ holds big room residences in cities around the world including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Moscow and Bali and has new Trap and Progressive House music released this year.
    Hillbilly Deluxe will officially kick off race weekend entertainment on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Cantina. Harry Luge Band will hit the Cantina stage on Thursday from 9:00-11:00pm, and will return on Friday, Nov. 13 after the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Fan Midway stage.
    Taking the stage on Friday from 9:00-11:00pm at the Cantina will be Badmotorfinger. On Saturday, Nov. 14, concerts will begin at the Cantina at 7:00pm with artists to include METALHEAD and other special musical guests.(PIR)(11-5-2015)

  • Sen. John McCain to serve as grand marshal at Phoenix: The fall race at Phoenix International Raceway has traditionally coincided with Veterans Day, and the Grand Marshal for this year's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be one of the most recognizable veterans in America. United States Senator John McCain, a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and lifelong public servant, will say the most famous words in motorsports - "Drivers, start your engines!" - before the green flag falls at PIR on Sunday, Nov. 15. Grandstand seats for the race are officially sold out, but general admission seating on the Hillside remains available at PhoenixRaceway.com and by phone at 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(10-30-2015)

  • Brian Stann named honorary pace car driver at Phoenix: The honorary pace car driver for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 has no shortage of experience in both highly competitive and high-pressure situations. Brian Stann, President and CEO of Hire Heroes USA, is a decorated Marine Corps veteran and a former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion and top UFC Middleweight. He will lead the field to the green flag at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, November 15, 2015. Stann's appearance at PIR is the result of a partnership between PIR and Niner Sports & Entertainment. Stann played middle linebacker for the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Economics in 2003. He served two deployments with 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and was awarded the Silver Star, the nation's third highest award for valor, for his actions near the Al-Romana Bridge during Operation MATADOR in May 2005. Stann's mixed martial arts fighting career began in 2003 in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP), where he earned black belt certification as an Instructor Trainer. He began fighting professionally in 2006, while on active duty in the Marine Corps. In 2008, he defeated Doug Marshall to become the WEC Light Heavyweight champion, and he debuted in the UFC in 2009. Stann retired from UFC fighting in 2013. Today, he is a nationally-recognized fight analyst and speaker, while also leading Hire Heroes USA, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that empowers U.S. military members, veterans and their spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. Recognized as a best-in-class veteran service organization by the USO, Call of Duty Endowment, and the George W. Bush Institute, Hire Heroes USA has confirmed more than 60 clients hired each week in 2015, a conversion rate of 45% from helped to hired.(PIR)(10-22-2015)

  • Grandstands sold out for Phoenix race: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced that the track's grandstands are sold out for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 15. The sellout occurred nearly a month ahead of race day, and it is the fifth-consecutive sellout for the fall race at PIR, making it arguably the toughest ticket in all of NASCAR. Although the grandstands are sold out for Sunday's race, race fans wishing to attend the final Eliminator race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup may still purchase general admission tickets to PIR's Hillside area. For fans looking to get up close to the action, or for first-time visitors to the track, Friday's and Saturday's races offer a great opportunity. All of the interactive displays and exhibits in the Fan Midway will be open both days as well, giving fans the opportunity to take in the full NASCAR race experience. Tickets for Friday and Saturday, as well as Sunday's Hillside area, may be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com or by phone at 866-408-RACE. Until Monday, Nov. 9, tickets for Friday's action start at $30 and Saturday tickets start at $35. On Nov. 9, "race week pricing" goes into effect and prices increase by $5 for each day. Parking at Phoenix International Raceway is free throughout the weekend.(PIR)(10-21-2015)

  • Harvick to appear at Budweiser Roll-Bar Club at Phoenix: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevy, is scheduled to appear at PIR's Budweiser ROLL-BAR Club for a moderated question and answer session before the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, November 15. The Budweiser ROLL-BAR Club, located on the west side of the track behind the Bobby Allison Grandstands, features the best in live entertainment each day throughout the entire Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at PIR, as well as appearances by some of NASCAR's top personalities. Single-day tickets to the Budweiser ROLL-BAR Club are available for $99 on Saturday, November 14 and for $149 on Sunday, November 15. The additional purchase of a grandstand ticket is still required for track admission.(PIR)(10-17-2015)

  • Phoenix announces Sprint race date; tickets on sale Tickets for the Camping World 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend, scheduled for March 11-13, 2016 at Phoenix International Raceway, go on sale Friday, Oct. 2. Tickets start at just $25 and may be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223). For the second-consecutive season, PIR's Spring race date coincides with Spring Break for nearly every school district and college in Arizona, making the Camping World 500 an ideal entertainment destination. Additionally, the race weekend will take place during Major League Baseball's Spring Training season. The Cactus League will once again feature 15 MLB teams across the Valley of the Sun. Headlining the race weekend, the Camping World 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will take place on Sunday, March 13, 2016. The race will again be a part of NASCAR's "West Coast Swing," in which America's premier racing series will compete in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Los Angeles in consecutive weeks. The Camping World 500 event weekend also features the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, March 12 and Gatorade Pole Qualifying for the Camping World 500 on Friday, March 11.(PIR)(10-2-2015)

  • Everclear to play pre-race concert at Phoenix: Fans coming to the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway will be in for a treat prior to the race on Sunday, Nov. 15. That morning, the popular rock-n-roll group Everclear will perform a pre-race concert in the fan midway area at 10:30am/mt. The concert, which resulted from a partnership between PIR and Niner Sports & Entertainment, is just one part of race day excitement that is free to all fans with a grandstand ticket for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 is the final race in the Eliminator round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. After the race, the field of championship contenders will be trimmed from eight hopefuls to the final four drivers that will race for the championship the next week. For over two decades, Everclear's sound has reflected the rock, post-punk, and singer/songwriter influences of Art Alexakis, including acts like X, the Replacements, the Pixies, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Elvis Costello. The band found success with their first three albums on Capitol Records, Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, and Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile, which were all certified platinum. Earlier this year, the band released their ninth studio album titled Black Is The New Black via The End Records/ADA.(PIR)(10-2-2015)

  • Watson to replace Confederate flag on General Lee with U.S. flag: Bubba Watson, the world's third-ranked golfer, announced on Twitter on Thursday afternoon that he would have a U.S. flag painted over the Confederate battle flag on the roof of the General Lee, the car used on the TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard." Watson bought the 1969 Dodge Charger used on the 1980s television comedy for $110,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Collectible Car Auction in 2012. Watson's announcement came a day after the television network TV Land announced it had pulled reruns of "The Dukes of Hazzard" out of its programming lineup. Last week, Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced toy replicas of the General Lee would no longer feature the Confederate battle flag on the roof. In 2012, Watson had planned to drive the General Lee during the ceremonial parade lap for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway as part of his duties as honorary race official. However, NASCAR changed its mind, citing the flag on the roof, and decided "it was not in the best interest of our sport."(Alabama Live)(7-3-2015)

  • PIR to be renamed in honor of Jeff Gordon for fall race: Phoenix International Raceway is about to become Jeff Gordon Raceway. For one day. PIR will honor the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion by formally renaming the 1-mile oval in his name for the Nov. 15 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, azcentral sports has learned. Gordon, who has four career PIR wins, says he doesn't plan to drive after this season, which would make Phoenix his penultimate race. An official announcement is expected Friday. "We were thinking of it like an athlete getting the keys to the city," PIR President Bryan Sperber said. "It (the idea) took off from there. Starting with the quirky layout of our track, it seems like Phoenix always does things a little different.(Arizona Republic)(6-12-2015)

  • Tickets on sale at Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway announced that tickets for the semifinal race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the "Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500", went on sale Friday, May 29. Tickets start at just $25 and can be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223). The popular fall race at PIR historically sells out in advance and features a full weekend of NASCAR action, including racing from the top-three series in NASCAR. The Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race takes place on Sunday, Nov. 15. The event weekend also features the DAV 200 Honoring America's Veterans NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Nov. 14 following the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Nov. 13. The weekend kicks off with the Casino Arizona 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West race on Thursday, Nov 12. Race fans can take advantage of PIR's 'Value Pricing' period and receive extra savings by purchasing their tickets for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 early. The 'Value Pricing' period takes place May 29 through July 5. Regular pricing begins on July 6 and runs through Monday, Nov. 10 when walkup pricing goes into effect for race week.(PIR)(6-1-2015)

  • CARBuretor Crunch sandwich available at Phoenix: It's Spring Break, NASCAR-style, and fans coming to the CampingWorld.com 500 race weekend are encouraged to take a bite out of the CARBuretor Crunch, the first-ever signature item of Phoenix International Raceway. A collaboration between PIR and Americrown, the item is a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich encrusted with Cap'n Crunch, covered with bacon crumbles, fresh sliced bananas and caramel drizzle. The CARBuretor Crunch, which comes in at roughly 900 calories, will be exclusively sold in the new ZOOMTOWN Food Court located in the heart of the Midway. Fans can purchase a single CARBuretor Crunch for $7, or a double order for $13, and will have social media bragging rights with a photo station declaring, "I ate the CARBuretor Crunch." Also featured at the new ZOOMTOWN Food Court will be the Bootleggers bar, in addition to a variety of other food options including bar-b-que, hot dogs, quesadillas and tacos. The ZOOMTOWN Food Court offers free WiFi and covered seating to patrons.(PIR)(3-11-2015)

  • PIR considering SAFER upgrade to safety tire wall: NASCAR drivers apparently won't know until after Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500 if the tires stacked inside Phoenix International Raceway's Turn 4, near pit entrance, will be replaced with a permanent SAFER barrier to soften impact against the concrete wall. Safety - specifically, increased use of so-called "soft" wall technology - has been a major issue since Kyle Busch suffered leg and foot fractures last month at Daytona International Speedway. He's sidelined indefinitely. Jeff Gordon avoided injury after a hard hit two weeks ago at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Both struck walls not protected with SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barriers, first used at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2002, which reduces G-force impact kinetic energy by over 50%. A NASCAR official last week recommended the 160-foot long tire wall - four high and two deep - after a track inspection. "The way we're going to approach this is work closely with NASCAR and ISC (International Speedway Corp., PIR's parent) on a thorough and updated review," said PIR President Bryan Sperber. "We'll be thoughtful about it. It will be a constant evolution." SAFER costs about $500 a foot. Race cars have sometimes bounced off tire walls and back into oncoming traffic. "If that was a concern, it wasn't mentioned to me," Sperber said.(Arizona Republic)(3-10-2015)

  • PIR's Park 'N Ride program available for fans: Phoenix International Raceway has announced the operating schedule for its Park 'N Ride program - encouraging race fans to take advantage of the convenient shuttle service when traveling to and from the CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, March 15. After much success in recent years, the Park 'N Ride program returns to Ak-Chin Pavilion, located just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue (Exit 135) at 2121 N. 83rd Ave. All NASCAR fans heading to PIR are encouraged to enter at the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on Pavilion grounds, from where shuttle bus service (provided by First Student Charter of Phoenix) will take you to the Gate 4 area at the track.
    Cost for parking and shuttle services to PIR will remain at $7 per car. Those with a PIR-issued parking pass may ride for free. Shuttle buses will take guests to PIR via preferential traffic routes, offering guests an earlier arrival to the facility. With the green flag dropping on the CampingWorld.com 500 at 12:30 p.m. PST, Park 'N Ride services will be available for 12 hours - from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. - on Sunday, giving all NASCAR fans an alternate transportation option before and after the race. The first shuttle will depart at 7:30 a.m., with PIR gates open to the public at 8 a.m.
    Tickets for the CampingWorld.com 500 are available starting at $25; and tickets and pit passes may be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com, by phone at 866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the track ticket office.(PIR)(3-10-2015)

  • PIR invites fans to leave a note for Gordon: NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon left his mark on Phoenix International Raceway - literally - when he tore up the first chunks of asphalt at the start/finish line in April, 2011 to kick off PIR's repaving project. With Gordon embarking on his final full-time season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, PIR is inviting fans to write a note to him on the start/finish line prior to the CampingWorld.com 500 on Sunday, March 15. Tickets for the CampingWorld.com 500 are available starting at $25; and tickets and pit passes may be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com, by phone at 866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the track ticket office.(PIR)(3-10-2015)

  • Former Olympian Dan Henderson to serve as pace car driver at Phoenix: Two-time Olympian and current UFC star Dan Henderson will lead the field to the green flag behind the wheel of the Official Toyota Camry Pace Car at the start of the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 15. Henderson's appearance was the result of a partnership between PIR and Niner Sports & Entertainment. As the official pace car driver, the 44-year old mixed martial artist will take an honorary lap around the one-mile oval. "I'm excited to get behind the wheel and pull out onto the track at Phoenix International Raceway and help start the CampingWorld.com 500," Henderson said. "NASCAR drivers are the best in the world at what they do, and I can't wait to see them in my rear view mirror just before they take the green flag. It's a great honor and it's going to be a huge thrill."
    Henderson represented the United States in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. He also wrestled collegiately at Arizona State and was a three-time USA University Greco-Roman National Champion. He began his mixed martial arts career in 1997, winning the championship in that year's Brazil Open Lightweight Tournament. Henderson owns more major tournament titles than any other athlete in MMA history, winning four different international events in three weight divisions - heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight. He is the only man in MMA history to hold the title in multiple weight classes at the same time. In addition to his duties behind the wheel, Henderson will make a promotional appearance at PIR prior to the race on Sunday, March 15. For more information on timing and other appearances, please visit PhoenixRaceway.com. Tickets for the CampingWorld.com 500 on March 15 start at just $25. For tickets and information, visit PhoenixRaceway.com or call 866-408-RACE (7223)(Phoenix Raceway)(3-9-2015)

  • Phoenix International Raceway to install tire packs: Statement from Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber on safety barrier system; "Following a review of the existing safety barriers at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) with ISC and NASCAR officials, PIR will supplement its existing barrier system. A new tire pack barrier will be installed along the interior wall of Turn 4 in advance of the CampingWorld.com 500 race weekend. The additional protective barrier represents PIR's ongoing commitment to providing a safe racing environment for its drivers, teams and fans. PIR will continue to work in tandem with NASCAR to expedite the adoption of additional impact-absorbing technologies, as deemed necessary, at our facility."(PIR)(3-5-2015)

  • Tonic to perform at PIR: Fans coming to the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway will be in for a treat prior to the race. That morning, the popular Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum rock group Tonic will perform a pre-race concert in the fan midway area at 10:30am. The concert, which resulted from a partnership between PIR and Niner Sports & Entertainment, is just one part of race-day excitement and is free to all fans with a grandstand ticket for the CampingWorld.com 500. Tickets for the race start at $25 and are available online at PhoenixRaceway.com or by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223). The group, which includes singer and guitarist Emerson Hart, guitarist Jeff Russo and bassist Dan Lavery, has earned a reputation as one of the best live acts in rock music after years of touring. Merging the raw honesty of rock with unabashed melody, Tonic has entertained millions of fans around the world.(PIR)(2-18-2015)

  • Axalta to sponsor Phoenix XFINITY race: Phoenix International Raceway announced that Axalta Coating Systems will be recognized as the title sponsor of the track's March NASCAR XFINITY Series race. The Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200, a two-year entitlement, will officially kick off the NASCAR XFINITY series at PIR on Saturday, March 14 at 1:00pm local time. Axalta Coating Systems will be the official automotive and industrial paint of PIR. The leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, Axalta has a long history in the racing industry. In addition to being the sponsor of the #24 Axalta Chevy SS, driven by Jeff Gordon, Axalta is also the official paint supplier of Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing. The primer base coat is also used for JR Motorsports XFINITY cars, Kyle Busch Motorsports XFINITY cars and Kasey Kahne's dirt track sprint car.(PIR)(2-11-2015)

  • PIR upgrades put on hold: Even though the grandstands are again sold out for today's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Phoenix International Raceway's parent company, ISC, hasn't approved a budget for the much-needed improvements. This despite NASCAR Chairman Brian France, whose career began managing Tucson Raceway Park, saying he has a "special interest" in his series' success here. ISC Chairwoman Lesa France Kennedy told azcentral sports two years ago PIR was second only to Daytona International Speedway for redevelopment. ISC is spending $400 million for what it calls a "re-imagining" of its flagship Daytona track, scheduled for completion in 2016. Millions more have been committed to repaving the Watkins Glen, N.Y., road course next year. PIR's needs include new and more comfortable grandstands with better sight lines, concessions, restrooms, scoreboard, competitor garages, parking, medical center and victory lane. Although $10 million was spent in 2011 for repaving and some infrastructure work, PIR hasn't kept-up with the trend of brand-new or upgraded Valley venues. These include the $100 million Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, $84 million Cubs Park, $20 million remodeling of HoHoKam Park, $15 million TPC Scottsdale makeover and Sun Devil Stadium's $225 million renovation. Public funds have been used for some of these projects. Avondale paid to connect the city's water and sewer system to PIR. "We're going to start to try to actively identify the opportunity and get all the approvals," Sperber said. "It's a long road. Things are falling into alignment to create an environment to potentially move forward."(Arizona Republic)(11-9-2014)

  • Statement from Phoenix International Raceway regarding the power outages at Truck race: We are extremely disappointed that tonight's race was delayed and ultimately shortened by failures in the local power grid. We want to thank the devoted race fans who stayed throughout the race, however PIR and NASCAR both agreed that it was in the best interest of the drivers to call an end to the race after the second power outage, as safety of the competitors is paramount. While we appreciate the efforts of APS and its repair crews to restore service as quickly as possible, having to end the race prematurely is not the experience that our fans expect and deserve.(PIR)(11-8-2014)

  • Grandstands sold out for Phoenix Cup race: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today that the track's grandstands are sold out for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 9. "The excitement generated by the new Chase for the Sprint Cup format and by Phoenix hosting the final Eliminator race in the Chase has made the demand for tickets very strong," Sperber said. "Every race, we hear from drivers and team owners how much they enjoy coming to Phoenix and racing in front of sold-out grandstands, and we are grateful to our fans for their ongoing support of Phoenix International Raceway." Although the grandstands are sold out for Sunday's race, race fans wishing to attend the final Eliminator race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup may still purchase general admission tickets to PIR's Hillside area. Great seats are still available for the DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. MST at PIR, with prices starting as low as $35 before Monday, Nov. 3. On Monday, race week pricing goes into effect and tickets begin at $40. Saturday's action also features the final "happy hour" practice session for the Sprint Cup Series race teams. The Friday, Nov. 9 Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race also has excellent seats remaining, with prices starting at $30 before Monday and $35 during race week. Tickets for Friday's race also include admission to Gatorade Pole Qualifying for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, as well as practice sessions for the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series, giving fans a chance to see all three national series on the same day. Tickets for Friday and Saturday, as well as Sunday's Hillside area, may be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com or by phone at 866-408-RACE.(PIR)(11-2-2014)

  • March Phoenix Tickets on sale: Phoenix International Raceway announced tickets for its 2015 spring race weekend, headlined by the Camping World 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race are on-sale. Tickets start at just $25 and can be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223). When NASCAR announced the 2015 schedule in August, it included a change in PIR's spring race date. The Camping World 500 race weekend is now the fourth race of the NASCAR season and will take place March 13-15, 2015. That date coincides with Spring Break for nearly every school district and college in Arizona, making the Camping World 500 an ideal entertainment destination. The event weekend also features the NASCAR XFINITY Series 200 race on Saturday, March 14 and the Toyota 120 NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series race on Friday, March 13. Tickets for Friday's Toyota 120 race also include admission to Gatorade Pole Qualifying for the Camping World 500. Race fans can take advantage of PIR's 'Value Pricing' period through December 31 and receive a $5 discount off of the face value of most seats by purchasing their tickets for the races during the Camping World 500 event weekend early. Beginning January 1, 2015, ticket prices will return to regular pricing, with event week pricing going into effect on Monday, March 9. Race fans who wish to secure their seats for the entire 2015 PIR schedule can also purchase season tickets, which start at $99.(PIR)(10-29-2014)

  • Buckcherry headlines Phoenix race weekend: A pre-race concert by the popular rock band Buckcherry headlines a packed entertainment lineup for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. In addition to Buckcherry's performance on Sunday from 11-11:45am on the Budweiser ROLL-BAR stage, race fans at PIR will be treated to performances by well-known local acts Whiskey's Quicker, Harry Luge, Jr. and Chad Freeman & Redline, along with the Las Vegas-based WolfCreek Band. Whiskey's Quicker kicks off the weekend with a performance in SPEED Cantina on Thursday night from 7:00 - 8:30pm Formed in 2011, the Phoenix-based group is one of the most popular rock cover bands in Arizona and has been a mainstay at Phoenix International Raceway ever since. Friday's music lineup is headlined by a post-race concert on the Budweiser ROLL-BAR stage by WolfCreek Band. Harry Luge, Jr. will hit the SPEED Cantina stage on Thursday and Friday from 9:00-11:00pm each night, and again on Saturday from 7:00-8:30pm. Chad Freeman & Redline will headline Saturday's concert lineup, following Harry Luge on stage at 9:00pm in SPEED Cantina.(PIR)(10-23-2014)

  • Nationwide race at Phoenix to honor Disabled American Veterans: Phoenix International Raceway announced that DAV (Disabled American Veterans) will be recognized as the title sponsor of the track's November NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans will be the featured event on the third day of PIR's Veterans Day race weekend. The DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans will be the semifinal race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. With the Nationwide Series title on the line, the green flag will drop at 5:00pm/et on Saturday, November 8. DAV's National Commander, Ron Hope, said this race weekend is a fitting addition to the many events across the country that remember America's fallen, wounded, ill or injured. "This is the time of year our country pauses to reflect on those who ensured we enjoy the freedoms we sometimes take for granted'" said Hope. "This event, in addition to the excitement of attendance for a semi-final event, will make veterans aware of the free services available to them and educate the public on volunteer opportunities and other ways they can say 'thanks' to those who served."(PIR)(10-15-2014)

  • Several teams to test at Phoenix: Nearly a dozen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, including seven of the 12 drivers who advanced to the Contender round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, will conduct a private testing session at Phoenix International Raceway on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and Wednesday, Oct. 15. The testing session will be closed to the public. The test will allow teams to gather data in preparation for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at PIR on Sunday, Nov. 9. As the final Eliminator round race, after which the Chase field will be cut from eight to the final four drivers for the Championship round, the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 carries added significance this season. Drivers testing include: #5-Kasey Kahne, #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #11-Denny Hamlin, #18-Kyle Busch, #20-Matt Kenseth, #15-Clint Bowyer, #55-Brian Vickers, #66-Brett Moffit, #95-Michael McDowell, Camping World Truck Series driver #00-Cole Custer.(PIR)(10-10-2014)

  • Chuck Liddell to drive pace car at Phoenix: Former UFC World Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell will lead the field to the green flag behind the wheel of the Official Toyota Pace Car at the start of the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Nov 9. Liddell's appearance was the result of a partnership between PIR and Niner Sports & Entertainment. As the official pace car driver for the semifinal race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the 44-year old mixed martial artist will take an honorary lap around the one-mile oval. Regarded as one of the greatest light heavyweights in the history of professional mixed martial arts, Liddell quickly gained recognition as an elite fighter, rising to become the light-heavyweight champion of the world, and inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame in 2009. Now as a husband, father, and superstar, Liddell is able to inspire others through his recent autobiography titled "Iceman: My Fighting Life," published in 2008, as well as traveling all over the world for public speaking engagements and promotional events. In addition to his duties behind the wheel, Liddell will make a promotional appearance at PIR prior to the race on Sunday, Nov 9. Tickets for the Quicken Loans Race of Heroes 500 on Nov. 9 start at just $25. For tickets and information, visit PhoenixRaceway.com or call 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(9-14-2014)

  • Phoenix race tickets on sale Friday: Phoenix International Raceway announced that tickets for the final race of its 50th Anniversary season, the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR race weekend will go on-sale May 30. Tickets for NASCAR's semifinal race weekend start at just $25 and can be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223). The popular fall weekend at PIR historically sells out and features a full weekend of NASCAR action, including from the semifinal races in each of NASCAR's top three series, headlined by the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 9. The event weekend also features the NASCAR Nationwide Series 200 race on Saturday, Nov. 8 and the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Nov. 7. The weekend of racing kicks off with the Casino Arizona 100 - the championship race in the K&N Pro Series-West - on Thursday, Nov. 6.(PIR)(5-29-2014)

  • Phoenix International Raceway to release book: Phoenix International Raceway has been a part of the motor sports scene since 1964. From its genesis as an open-wheel destination through its present-day status as a stock car haven, the one-mile desert oval has built a reputation as a unique challenge for drivers and as a memory maker for all who have visited over the last 50 years. To celebrate and acknowledge the track's golden anniversary, PIR president Bryan R. Sperber announced today the release of a limited-edition commemorative book documenting the past 50 years. 'Phoenix At 50: A Half-Century of Racing' is a comprehensive journey through the last five decades of racing in the Valley of the Sun. Comprised of a collection of work by writers from varying backgrounds that have shared their talents to bring these stories together - including a foreword from 'The King,' Richard Petty - the book tells the stories and the secrets that the track has held for fifty years. The book will be available for purchase at PIR merchandise locations throughout the track during the Feb. 28 - March 2 NASCAR event weekend. After the race weekend, the book will be available for purchase at the PIR ticket window and on Amazon.com.(PIR)(2-28-2014)

  • P.O.D. to perform concert prior to Profit on CNBC 500: Well-known band P.O.D. (Payable on Death) will energize the crowd at Phoenix International Raceway with a live concert prior to The Profit on CNBC 500, Presented by Small Business Fueling America NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race on Sunday, March 2. The concert beings at 11:00 a.m. MST on the Budweiser ROLL-BAR main stage in the fan midway. Live entertainment on the Budweiser ROLL-BAR main stage is available to all grandstand ticket holders. Tickets to the Budweiser ROLL-BAR Club are available for advance purchase at $99 for March 1 and $149 for March 2. Tickets to Budweiser ROLL-BAR and all of the exciting experiences at PIR are available online at PhoenixRaceway.com, or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(Phoenix Raceway)(2-28-2014)

  • Wendell Scott decal on cars in Phoenix: Since 2010, NASCAR has designated the first race weekend in March as a time to commemorate Wendell Scott's first career start. Scott is the only African- American driver to win a Grand National (now Sprint Cup) Series event in NASCAR history. Cars in all four NASCAR series competing at Phoenix International Raceway (NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) will sport a commemorative decal. The decals will be applied to the B or C post of each vehicle during the inspection processes throughout the entire weekend.(NASCAR)(2-27-2014)



  • Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC's 'The Profit,' will serve as the grand marshal at Phoenix: Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC's 'The Profit,' will serve as the grand marshal and honorary starter for The Profit on CNBC 500 Presented by Small Business Fueling America NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 2. On 'The Profit,' Lemonis, the Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises, steps in to save struggling businesses by investing his own money and teaching the owners his secrets to business success. The second season of 'The Profit' premiers on Tuesday, Feb. 25 on CNBC.
    As grand marshal, Lemonis will say the four most famous words in racing - "Drivers, start your engines!" prior to the start of the race. After giving the command, Lemonis will head to the flag stand where he will wave the green flag to officially start The Profit on CNBC 500 Presented by Small Business Fueling America.
    Lemonis headlines an exciting pre-race schedule. Fan favorite and Phoenix-native trumpet soloist Jesse Maguire will perform the national anthem, while UFC fighter and FOX Sports analyst Chael Sonnen will be the honorary pace car driver.
    The popular rock group P.O.D. (Payable On Death) will perform on the pre-race stage beginning at 11:00 a.m. MST. Adding to the scene during pre-race will be an appearance by the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, who will make a parade lap along the front stretch prior to the start of the race.
    Tickets to all events throughout The Profit on CNBC 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available on PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(2-24-2014)

  • Chael Sonnen has been named PIR Honorary Pace Car Driver: UFC fighter and FOX Sports analyst Chael Sonnen has been named Honorary Pace Car Driver for The Profit on CNBC 500, Presented by Small Business Fueling American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 2 PIR President Bryan R. Sperber announced today. Sonnen, also known as "The American Gangster, will participate in pre-race ceremonies and will lead the pack of cars on Sunday to the green flag. In addition Sonnen, brought to PIR through a partnership with Niner Sports & Entertainment, will be making appearances throughout the day on Sunday at PIR.(Phoenix Raceway)(2-24-2014)

  • Phoenix International Raceway invites fans to 'Memory Lane': As Phoenix International Raceway prepares to kick off its 50th anniversary season, the track is inviting fans to take a stroll down, 'Memory Lane, Presented by BlueMedia' a one-of-a-kind historical exhibit featuring race cars and memorabilia with connections to the track's past. Located in the fan midway area behind the Bobby Allison Grandstand, 'Memory Lane' will showcase 15 historic cars, including the 1964 roadster driven to victory by A.J. Foyt in the first professional race ever held at PIR in March, 1964. Admission to the exhibit is free to everyone with a grandstand ticket. The exhibit, which is housed in a tent provided by Classic Party Rentals, will be open beginning when the track's gates open each day during race weekend. Other cars on display will include Alan Kulwicki's #7 Zerex Thunderbird that won the first-ever NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at PIR in November, 1988, and a USAC Silver Crown car driven by Tony Stewart in the 1993 Copper World Classic at PIR.
    Memorabilia on display will include several trophies which were won at PIR, including the Bobby Ball Trophy which was awarded annually to the winner of the Bobby Ball Memorial in PIR's early years. Additionally, several fire suits and helmets worn by drivers through the years will be on display, along with programs, posters, photos, pins and pennants from past races. Many of the items are generously on loan from the Arizona Open Wheel Motorsports Museum.
    Several legendary drivers and racing personalities will make special appearances on the stage in Memory Lane through the weekend to share their favorite stories and memories from racing at Phoenix through the years. A full schedule of appearances will be announced at a later date.
    Historic cars on display at Memory Lane:
    · Roadster driven by Phoenix racing legend Bobby Ball in the 1960's
    · 1964 roadster driven to victory by A.J. Foyt in the first professional race at PIR
    · 1973 Chevelle Grand National driven by Bobby Allison
    · 1988 Zerex Thunderbird driven to victory by Alan Kulwicki in the inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at PIR
    · 1988 Folgers Chevrolet driven by Ken Schrader, the all-time winningest driver at PIR
    · 1989 Mello Yello Chevrolet Lumina used in the filming of "Days of Thunder" at PIR
    · 1991 USAC Silver Crown car driven by Jeff Gordon in the Copper World Classic
    · 1991 Havoline Ford driven to victory at PIR by Davey Allison
    · 1992 Hooters Thunderbird driven during Alan Kulwicki's Winston Cup-winning season
    · 1993 USAC Silver Crown car driven by Tony Stewart in the Copper World Classic
    · 1995 Goodwrench Chevrolet truck driven by Mike Skinner in inaugural NASCAR truck race at PIR
    · 1996 Goodwrench Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt
    · 1997 USAC Midget driven by Billy Boat in the Copper World Classic
    · 1997 Miller Genuine Draft Ford, known as "Midnight," driven by Rusty Wallace
    · 2003 Grand National Daytona Prototype driven to victory on the old road course at PIR by Hurley Heywood and J.C. France
    Tickets to the exciting Feb 27-March 2 The Profit on CNBC 500 NASCAR event weekend are available with Sprint Cup Series ticket prices starting at just $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.PhoenixRaceway.com or call 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(2-23-2014)

  • Phoenix International Raceway 50th anniversary logo on the #95: Phoenix International Raceway will team with local driver Michael McDowell to kick off the race track's 50th anniversary in true NASCAR style with a sponsorship of McDowell's car, PIR President Bryan R. Sperber announced. PIR's 50th anniversary logo will adorn McDowell's #95 Leavine Family Racing Ford Fusion during The Profit on CNBC 500 Presented by Small Business Fueling America NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, March 2. "Growing up in Phoenix, PIR has always held a special place in my heart," McDowell said. "To be able to play a role in celebrating the track's 50th anniversary is a tremendous honor and is something I'll always remember." The logo will be prominently featured on the left and right rear quarter panels of the car, providing tremendous visibility. "We are thrilled to be able to support Michael McDowell this year and tie in our 50th anniversary," Sperber said. "Having grown up here in the Valley, Michael and his family know how important PIR is to our community. To be able to support his NASCAR Sprint Cup campaign during our golden anniversary season is very exciting for us." McDowell, a Glendale native, is in his first year with Concord, N.C.-based Leavine Family Racing and his seventh year of full-time competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Season tickets for 2014 are available by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or calling 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(2-18-2014)

  • The Profit on CNBC 500 named title sponsor for March Phoenix race: Phoenix International Raceway announced that CNBC's "The PROFIT," the popular entrepreneurial reality series returning for a second season on February 25 at 10:00pm/et/pt on CNBC, has joined the track's team of corporate partners. As part of the new relationship, "The PROFIT" will act as the official title sponsor for the track's March 2 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event: 'The Profit on CNBC 500, Presented by Small Business Fueling America.'
    The announcement was made today on CNBC by Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber and Marcus Lemonis, serial entrepreneur and star of CNBC's "The Profit." Steve Phelps, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, joined them for the announcement. "We are excited to partner with Marcus and his team at 'The PROFIT' and CNBC on our NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next month," Sperber said. "Small businesses have been fueling NASCAR from its very beginning, so this partnership is a great match."
    When Marcus Lemonis isn't running his multi-billion dollar company, Camping World, he goes on the hunt for struggling businesses that are desperate for cash. In the past 10 years, he's successfully turned around over 100 companies. Now he's bringing those skills to CNBC and doing something no one has ever done on TV before ... he's putting millions of dollars of his own money on the line. And once inside these companies, he'll do almost anything to save the business.
    "This unique partnership is a great opportunity to draw attention to small business which is the heart and soul of the American economy, " Lemonis explained. "We are proud to be a race sponsor and what better way to celebrate the launch of a new season of 'The Profit' than with passionate NASCAR fans."
    'The PROFIT on CNBC 500, Presented by Small Business Fueling America' will be the capstone event on the fourth and final day if PIR's March race weekend. With the season opening just one week earlier in Daytona, the second race of the season is guaranteed to be action packed. The green flag will drop on The Profit on CNBC 500 at 3 p.m. EST/ 1 p.m. MST on Sunday, March 2.
    Tickets are available at phoenixraceway.com'(PIR)(2-8-2014)

  • Phoenix names Nationwide race sponsor: Cotton Incorporated and Phoenix International Raceway announced a partnership for an at-track denim recycling initiative and entitlement to the Blue Jeans Go Green 200 presented by Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives Nationwide Series race on Saturday, March 1. The Blue Jeans Go Green 200 will be supported by an at-track recycling program in which race weekend attendees will be able to drop off any type of denim at one of four recycling collection bin locations that will be set up around the track. Phoenix International Raceway is proud to provide a 20 percent discount on tickets to the November 2014 PIR NASCAR Nationwide Series race to fans who recycle denim with Blue Jeans Go Green during the Spring race weekend. The denim will then be converted into UltraTouch Denim Insulation by Bonded Logic, located in Chandler, Ariz. To date, Blue Jeans Go Green has diverted more than 600 tons of waste out of landfills and generated approximately 2 million square feet of UltraTouch" Denim Insulation to assist with building efforts in communities in need. Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona will be one of the primary beneficiaries of insulation manufactured from denim collected during the Blue Jeans Go Green 200 race weekend.(PIR)(1-23-2014)

  • Quicken Loans to Sponsor Phoenix Cup Race: Quicken Loans, the nation's largest online mortgage lender, partnered with Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) to announce it will sponsor the Veterans Day weekend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on November 9, 2014. An official name and race logo will be announced at a later date. "All eyes will be on Phoenix International Raceway next year as the end of the season rolls around and drivers are scrapping - literally and figuratively - for every position on the track," said Quicken Loans President and Chief Marketing Officer Jay Farner. "When we looked at the races on the NASCAR schedule, few others offered the same excitement and energy as the fall Phoenix race."
    The race will conclude PIR's 50th Anniversary season and a year-long celebration of the track's rich history and contributions to motor sports in the West. Founded in 1964, PIR hosted its first NASCAR-sanctioned event in 1977 with a Winston West Series race. NASCAR's premier circuit, now known as the Sprint Cup Series, made its debut in Phoenix on November 6, 1988, and for the past 25 years, the fall race in Phoenix has been on or near Veterans Day weekend.
    "We are proud to partner with Quicken Loans to present the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of our 50th Anniversary season," said Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber. "They are a leader on the track and in the Phoenix business community, and their continuing support of veterans makes this partnership a perfect fit for our Veterans Day Weekend event."
    Quicken Loans, who has an office of more than 550 team members in nearby Scottsdale, Arizona, has a strong tradition of honoring active military and veterans. Most notably, the company sponsored the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic on Veterans Day 2011, a first-of-its-kind basketball game that was played on a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and attended by President Obama and this year will run a special veteran -themed paint scheme in this Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at PIR.
    "We continuously look for opportunities to honor our active military and veterans and thank them for their service to our country," said Farner. "What better way to do this than sponsor the Veterans Day race and have our veterans be a focal point of our efforts."
    The partnership with PIR comes on the heels of Quicken Loans' announcement that it will join Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in 2014 and serve as primary sponsor of driver Ryan Newman's No. 31 Chevrolet SS for 12 races and associate sponsor for all remaining races, marking the company's third year in the sport. Quicken Loans will also continue as sponsor of Michigan International Speedway's Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Race on June 15, 2014.(PIR)(11-10-2013)

  • NASCAR Bring "Troops to the Track" Program to Phoenix: The Armed Forces Foundation and NASCAR continue the 2013 Troops to the Track TM program on Sunday, November 10th, by bringing service members of a Marine Detachment group from Luke Air Force Base to the AdvoCare 500 on the Marine Corps' 238th birthday. This group provides general and engineering support to the Marine Expeditionary Force that includes survivability, counter-mobility and mobility enhancements. 2013 season of Troops to the Track, a program in which service members are treated to a daylong interactive at-track experience, which includes: a special invitation and recognition at the drivers' pre-race meeting, a private tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, pit road access during driver introductions / National Anthem and special seating in the grandstands.(AFF)(11-10-2013)

  • Grandstands sold out at Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan Sperber announced that the track's grandstands are sold out for the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 10. "We're thrilled that NASCAR fans have once again chosen to attend the AdvoCare 500 and we are all looking forward to another wonderful and exciting race weekend," Sperber said. "We recognize that fans have a number of choices as they decide where to go and we're honored that they have chosen to support Phoenix International Raceway." Race fans wishing to attend NASCAR's final West Coast race of the season - the semi-final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup - may still purchase general admission tickets to PIR's hillside area by calling 866-408-RACE or visiting PhoenixRaceway.com.(PIR)(11-2-2013)

  • Stephen Cochran to entertain fans at Phoenix: Marine Corps veteran and rising country music artist Stephen Cochran will entertain race fans throughout the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Cochran will play a pre-race concert on the track, the first such performance in PIR's history, beginning at 11:30am/mt prior to the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday, Nov. 10 and will perform the Star Spangled Banner immediately before the race starts at 1:00pm. He will also perform on the Budweiser ROLL-BAR Stage Saturday, Nov. 9 from Noon-12:45om prior to the ServiceMaster 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Cochran's performances throughout race weekend are courtesy of Sugar Skull Rum. Because the race weekend proceeds Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, much of the race-weekend entertainment will pay tribute to the everyday heroes who serve, protect and defend the country, including veterans, fire fighters and other service personnel.(PIR)(10-31-2013)

  • Fifth Harmony to perform National Anthem prior to Nationwide race at Phoenix: Radio Disney's "N.B.T." (Next Big Thing) and Epic Records' Fifth Harmony will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" live at Phoenix International Raceway prior to the ServiceMaster 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race. The group's performance was arranged through a partnership between PIR, Radio Disney Phoenix and the NASCAR Entertainment Group. The teen pop female vocal group was put together by Simon Cowell and is comprised of individual "The X Factor" contestants Dinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei and Camila Cabello. Fifth Harmony recently released their debut EP "Better Together," which skyrocketed to No. 2 on the iTunes' album chart and features their first single, "Miss Movin' On."(PIR)(10-30-2013)

  • Safeway to operate on-site grocery store at Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced that Safeway will operate an on-site grocery store in the camping area at the race track beginning this fall with PIR's AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend Nov. 8-10. The nation's fourth-largest grocery chain, Safeway will be the official grocery partner of Phoenix International Raceway offering snacks and campground essentials. The store will look and feel just like one of Safeway's 115 stores throughout Arizona. The 17,200-square foot store will open its doors on Monday, Nov. 4 at Noon and will be open every day throughout race weekend. The store will also be open on Monday, Nov. 11 for campers to pick up any last-minute items before they return home. Race fans will be able to find all of their camping and cooking needs in the store, from charcoal and firewood to food and groceries, as well as ice, beer, snacks and other campground favorites. The store will also serve as the unofficial social hub of the campground as race fans start each day with coffee, donuts, breakfast burritos and the morning paper. In addition to the store, Safeway will also host a "Safeway Race Day Experience" display in the fan midway area adjacent to the grandstands. The display will feature an old school video arcade, sports den and fan photo area.(PIR)(10-28-2013)

  • 2014 Phoenix tickets for sale: Phoenix International Raceway announced that tickets for the 10th Annual SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend Feb. 28-March 2, 2014 are now available for purchase. Fans have access to a variety of ways to purchase tickets for the exciting action-packed NASCAR weekend at PIR. Starting at just $25, tickets are available by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com and calling 866-408-RACE. The spring 2014 event weekend will kick off Phoenix International Raceway's 50th Anniversary season and will feature NASCAR's top two series. Fans can take advantage of PIR's 'Value Pricing' period and receive extra savings by purchasing their tickets for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 early. 'Value Pricing' kicks off today and runs through December 31.(PIR)(10-4-2013)

  • Phoenix International Raceway to celebrate 50th Anniversary in 2014: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced plans today for the track's 50th Anniversary celebration in 2014. Sperber was joined by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Chairman and former NASCAR Vice President Ken Clapp and 1983 Indianapolis 500 winner Tom Sneva for the announcement. The year-long 50th Anniversary campaign will be a celebration of PIR's relationships with its fans, community partners and the racing industry. Many of the greatest drivers to ever turn a lap on PIR's one-mile oval, along with the brightest personalities in the track's history, will be invited to return for race weekends and other events throughout the coming year. The 50th Anniversary celebration will feature a one-of-a-kind interactive and three-dimensional race weekend exhibit entitled Memory Lane, which will showcase the past 50 years of racing at PIR, including photos, artifacts and race-used memorabilia from drivers. The exhibit will also feature a number of classic cars with ties to the track and which, in some cases, actually raced at PIR.
    Race fans will also see the 50th Anniversary theme incorporated in a number of ways over the next 13 months, including philanthropic and community outreach initiatives as well as special events throughout the year featuring noteworthy drivers and personalities. Plans also include commemorative publications and broadcast content; a year-long fan engagement program focused on the most influential people in the history of Phoenix International Raceway, as decided by a blue-ribbon panel of industry insiders, media and local officials; and world-class race weekend events and entertainment. More details related to the 50th Anniversary celebration will be announced on Friday, Nov. 8 during the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at PIR.(10-2-2013)

  • PIR to make major announcement on Oct 1st: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber will make a major announcement regarding the track's history and its future at a media event Tuesday, Oct.1 at The Ritz-Carlton. The event will begin with a reception followed by the announcement at 1:00pm/pt. Sperber will be joined by a number of dignitaries from local and state government as well as the motor sports industry. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and 1983 Indianapolis 500 winner Tom Sneva are among the special guests expected to participate.(PIR)(9-25-2013)

  • Servicemaster to sponsor Phoenix Nationwide race:Phoenix International Raceway announced that ServiceMaster Clean and ServiceMaster Restore will be the title sponsor of the track's November NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The ServiceMaster 200 marks the first race entitlement for ServiceMaster in NASCAR. The ServiceMaster 200 will be the featured event for the third day of PIR's November race weekend. With the Nationwide Series title on the line, the green flag will drop on the ServiceMaster 200 at 2:00pm/mt on Saturday, November 9. Not only are ServiceMaster Clean and ServiceMaster Restore market leaders in cleaning and disaster restoration with more than 60 years of experience but also are business units of the ServiceMaster family of brands. ServiceMaster is one of the world's largest residential networks, featuring other household names such as Terminix, TruGreen, American Home Shield, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec.(PIR)(8-6-2013)

  • Phoenix race tickets on sale: Phoenix International Raceway announced that tickets will go on-sale June 1 for the fall AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Semi-Final Race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Tickets start at just $25 and can be purchased by visiting Phoenix Raceway.com or calling 866-408-RACE (7223). The popular fall weekend at PIR historically sells out and features a full weekend of NASCAR action, including racing from NASCAR's top-three series. The AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race takes place on Sunday, November 10. The event weekend also features the NASCAR Nationwide Series 200 on Saturday, November 9 and the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, November 8.(PIR)(6-1-2013)

  • Brian Baumgartner named grand marshal of Subway Fit Fresh 500: Emmy winning star of NBC's critically acclaimed sitcom "The Office" Brian Baumgartner- a national spokesman for Subway Restaurants - has been named Grand Marshal for the upcoming SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500" at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 3. Baumgartner will join PIR in welcoming fans, NASCAR, drivers, and teams to the second race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season by delivering the most famous words in racing. "This is definitely something that you don't get to do everyday" said Baumgartner. "I'm extremely honored to be the Grand Marshal for this race and want to thank my friends at Subway and the folks at Phoenix International Raceway for giving me the opportunity to deliver those magic words on Sunday." Baumgartner currently stars as Kevin Malone in the ninth and final season of NBC's "The Office", airing Thursday evenings through May 16. Baumgartner's television appearances also include roles on Wilfred and Arrested Development and he appeared in the romantic comedy feature film License to Wed opposite Robin Williams, Mandy Moore, and The Office co-star John Krasinski. Tickets for the March 3 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, as well as all other events throughout the March race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(2-28-2013)

  • Military cuts could limit flyovers: The military flyover for Sunday's Daytona 500 may be a rarity at NASCAR events -- and sporting events in general -- moving forward. Military spending cuts of 30 percent have forced the Air Force to trim flying hours by 18%. That will come from air shows, including the Thunderbirds aerobatic flying team that will perform prior to Daytona 500. Daytona International Speedway did not have its traditional flyover for the Rolex 24, Thursday's 150-mile qualifying races, and one is not planned for Saturday's Nationwide Series race. There is a plan in place if automatic budget cuts known as "sequestration" are triggered on March 1 to suspend all Air Force flyovers immediately except for the Thunderbirds, which will be suspended on April 1. "If sequestration kicks in, we'll be looking not to support any future NASCAR races," Wendy Varhegyi, the chief of the engagement division for Air Force public affairs, told ESPN.com. Varhegyi said the suspension of flyovers would include all sports "at least through the end of the fiscal year [Sept. 30]." Luke Air Force was not allowed to provide a flyover for the March 3 Sprint Cup race at Phoenix. Instead, a private company has provided the track a B-17 that is not a part of Air Force inventory. Las Vegas Motor Speedway has an agreement with the Thunderbirds based nearby at Nellis Air Force Base for its March 10 Cup event. But Speedway Motorsports, which hosts 11 other Cup events in addition to the Vegas race, has a "tentative hold" on flyovers. NASCAR officials said they are working with the military and tracks to find a compromise that will allow flyovers to remain at events.(ESPN)(2-23-2013)

  • Dollar General to sponsor Nationwide race: Dollar General, together with AmeriGas, will be the title sponsor of the Phoenix Raceway March 2, 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The Dollar General 200 Fueled by AmeriGas is the second race of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. The Dollar General 200 Fueled by AmeriGas will be the feature event for the third day in PIR's March race weekend. The green flag will drop on the Dollar General 200 Fueled by AmeriGas at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. In addition to the title sponsorship deal with Phoenix International Raceway, Dollar General is the full-season Nationwide Series sponsor for the #20 Toyota driven by Brian Vickers and half-season sponsor for Matt Kenseth's #20 Dollar General Toyota Camry for 17 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.(PIR)(2-7-2013)

  • Phoenix offering pit pass experience: Fans looking for a behind-the-scenes peek to the NASCAR action at the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 on March 3 at Phoenix International Raceway, will now have an opportunity to enjoy an enhanced experience with their 'Pre-Race Pit Pass'. Offered at $60 per person, the Pre-Race Pit Pass entitles pass holders to a variety of added, backstage action on the NASCAR Sprint Cup race day, including: Garage Walk Access -Catch a glimpse of your favorite driver or car as they roll out of the garage and onto pit road before the start of the race (participants randomly selected); Driver Introductions - Access to pit road and the track to watch driver introductions; Trophy Photo Opportunities - Pose in Gatorade Victory Lane with the iconic SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 Trophy prior to the start of the race. Pre-Race Pit Passes are available now for purchase on PhoenixRaceway.com/Tickets or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223). Passes must be accompanied by a Grandstand Ticket to the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500.(PIR)(2-5-2013)

  • ISC reports dip in profits: International Speedway Corp. saw a year-over-year decline in both its 2012 fourth-quarter and full-year earnings and revenues, but the narrowing of the revenue decline for its core business operations to less than 1 percent has company officials encouraged. "We experienced leading signs of revenue stabilization this year," stated Lesa France Kennedy, ISC's chief executive officer, in both a news release and Thursday morning conference call with stock analysts. ISC, which operates Daytona International Speedway and a dozen other tracks around that country that host NASCAR races and other motorsports events, generated a net profit of roughly $54.6 million for its fiscal year, which ended Nov. 30, down from $69.4 million in fiscal 2011, and a fourth-quarter net profit of about $24.7 million, down from $26.5 million the same period the previous year. Its revenues totaled $612.3 million in 2012, down from $629.7 million in 2011, and in the fourth quarter it generated $189.4 million in sales, down from $191.9 million the same period the previous year. Kennedy said ISC had year-over-year increases in both revenues from broadcast fees, corporate sponsorships and food, beverage and merchandise sales at races, but "we continue to experience modest headwinds with admissions, not to the degree experienced in 2011, but enough to know we still have further inroads to make with our consumer."(full article at the Daytona Beach News-Journal)(1-25-2013)

  • Phoenix International Raceway 2nd in line for redevelopment: Phoenix International Raceway, which opened in 1964, is second on International Speedway Corp.'s priority list for a redevelopment project that could include new grandstands, garages plus other fan and competitor improvements. Lesa France Kennedy, chairwoman of ISC, which owns PIR and 11 other tracks, told azcentral sports Friday that the almost 50-year-old Avondale oval is behind only flagship Daytona International Speedway for a capital improvement budget approval. "Phoenix (which has sold out grandstands seats for three of its past four Sprint Cup races) has positioned itself in line for a lot of new amenities," Kennedy said. "I don't have an exact timeline for it. This is really high-up on our list ... you will see changes." Kennedy said ISC's Board of Directors, which will meet in April, recognizes that many other Valley sports entertainment venues are new or being upgraded. "We are aware we have to notch it (PIR) up," she said. "I would say Phoenix would be next in line (to Daytona)," she said. Daytona's own potential facility redevelopment plan recently was approved by the Daytona Beach city commission.(Arizona Republic and see an interview by Lesa Kennedy at the Arizona Republic)(11-11-2012)

  • Veterans Day Salute planned for Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway and NASCAR fans in attendance at the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will celebrate Veterans Day by paying tribute to the generations of men and women who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during the pre-race show beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 11. All drivers from the four series' racing at PIR throughout the weekend have teamed up in support of Veterans Day weekend and will feature a commemorative decal honoring those who have served. The AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pre-race show will feature a Veterans Ceremony honoring past members of each branch of the military.
    The spectacular pre-race show will also include:
    · Newly unveiled patriotic paint scheme on the Official Grand Marshal Car
    · Special tribute video with messages from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers
    · SkyHawks Jumping Team
    · Current military members holding flags on the hillside
    · America the Beautiful
    · National Anthem
    · Fly over by Luke Air Force Base
    · Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard
    (PIR)(11-9-2012)

  • Arizona Governor Brewer named Honorary Starter for AdvoCare 500: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has been selected as the Honorary Starter for the AdvoCare 500, Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced. As the Honorary Starter, Governor Brewer will wave the green flag to start the AdvoCare 500, as well as greet the drivers during pre-race ceremonies on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. "We are delighted to welcome Governor Brewer to serve as the Honorary Starter of the AdvoCare 500," Sperber said. "Governor Brewer has long recognized the positive economic impact to the State that NASCAR events at PIR have had. Her participation underscores that the race is more than a championship sporting event, it's also an economic engine for Arizona." Named Arizona's 22nd Governor on January 20, 2009, Brewer was elected Arizona's Secretary of State in 2002. Brewer's career in politics began in 1982 when she was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives where she served until 1987. Following that, she ran for and was elected to the Arizona State Senate, where she served until 1996, including a four-year period as Majority Whip. In 1996 she was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors where she served two terms with the county before being elected Arizona Secretary of State. "Phoenix International Raceway and NASCAR are premier attractions for the City of Phoenix and State of Arizona," said Governor Brewer. "Like tens of thousands of Arizona racing fans, I'm excited for the AdvoCare 500 and thrilled to have the opportunity to participate as the Honorary Starter. I would like to thank PIR and NASCAR for their continued collaboration on this successful event."(PIR)(11-7-2012)

  • PIR grooms track surface for Advocare 500: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced on Monday the completion of a pre-event track grooming program in advance of the November 11 AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race, the semi-final race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. "Last year we made a commitment to NASCAR and the drivers to groom the race surface for three races using the tire rotator machine," said Sperber. "This weekend we completed the last installment of the process and look forward to presenting a championship surface for the AdvoCare 500." PIR hired Colorado-based Bandimere Speedway to have a tire rotator machine burnish additional rubber into PIR's surface, enhancing the racing groove. The process is a continuation of the track's reconditioning effort that also took place prior to the Subway Fresh Fit 500 event weekend at PIR last March. "We have received great feedback from the drivers who have said our process has helped improve the quality of racing at PIR," said Larry Crispe, executive vice president of operations for Bandimere Speedway. "We are proud to again be a part of the preparations for what will be another great race in Phoenix." Last fall, with pre-race input from NASCAR and many of the Series' top drivers, PIR groomed the race surface using a different tire dragging device. That effort was augmented by six professional drivers running more than 3,000 laps on the new surface prior to the November race weekend. The PIR grooming program was widely lauded by the drivers during the 2011 November NASCAR weekend.(PIR)(11-6-2012)

  • Vektor Vodka named official vodka of Phoenix Raceway: Phoenix International Raceway announced that the track will welcome Arizona-based Vektor Vodka to its family of Official Partners. Vektor Vodka will kick off their partnership as PIR's Official Vodka during the AdvoCare 500 weekend with the opening of the Bar Vektor Vodka Lounge in the fan midway and the presenting sponsorship of PIR: After Dark. Vektor Vodka will be introducing a signature drink available to fans throughout the midway called The Redline, as well as having their logo proudly displayed on the hood of Bobby Labonte's #47 JTG-Daugherty Toyota Camry. Helping to keep PIR's party alive after the checkered flag, PIR: After Dark will feature guest bartender Brad Daugherty and guest appearances by Bobby Labonte. Vektor Vodka is distilled and bottled in Samara, Russia's oldest and most distinguished distillery.(PIR)(11-6-2012)

  • Phoenix grooms track for Advocare 500: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced the completion of a pre-event track grooming program in advance of the AdvoCare. "Last year we made a commitment to NASCAR and the drivers to groom the race surface for three races using the tire rotator machine," said Sperber. "This weekend we completed the last installment of the process and look forward to presenting a championship surface for the AdvoCare 500." PIR hired Colorado-based Bandimere Speedway to have a tire rotator machine burnish additional rubber into PIR's surface, enhancing the racing groove. The process is a continuation of the track's reconditioning effort that also took place prior to the Subway Fresh Fit 500 event weekend at PIR last March.(PIR)(11-5-2012)

  • Grandstands sold out at Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway's grandstands are sold out for the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race on November 11. "We're delighted that NASCAR fans have chosen to attend the AdvoCare 500 and have snapped up the available seats for the event," track president Bryan Sperber said. "We recognize that fans have a lot of choices as they decide where to go, we're honored that they have chosen to support Phoenix International Raceway." Race fans wishing to attend NASCAR's final West Coast race of the season - the semi-final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup - may still purchase general admission tickets to PIR's hillside area by calling 866-408-RACE or visiting PhoenixRaceway.com.(PIR)(11-2-2012)

  • Lost Trailers in concert at Phoenix: Country music duo The Lost Trailers- known for their current hit "American Beauty"- will perform at 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 11 at the Budweiser ROLL-BAR main stage prior to the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Lost Trailers rose to stardom in 2008 with their Top-Ten hit "Holler Back". Re-launched in 2011 with founding-member Stoke Nielson and collaborator Jason Wyatt, The Lost Trailers recently released the singles "Underdog" and the current hit "American Beauty". Live entertainment on the Budweiser ROLL-BAR main stage is available to all grandstand ticket holders. Tickets to Budweiser ROLL-BAR Club are available for advance purchase at $99 for Nov. 10 and $149 for Nov. 11.(PIR)(11-1-2012)

  • Chelsea Bain singing National Anthem at Phoenix Nationwide race: Country singer and Arizona-native Chelsea Bain will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to the Great Clips 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, November 10. After spending her teenage years competing on horseback and winning more than ten national and world championships, Bain felt it was time to apply her skills and determination toward rocking music arenas. Embarking on an artist development mission, Bain will be releasing her first full-length album, All-American Country Girl, on Rock Ridge Music distributed through Warner Music. "Rockin' That Trailer" is the first single from the forthcoming album and is due for release in early 2013.(PIR)(10-31-2012)

  • JoJo singing Anthem at Phoenix: Pop singer/songwriter and actress JoJo will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to the AdvoCare 500 Semi-Final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, November 11. The multi-platinum singer burst onto the music scene in 2004 with her debut single "Leave (Get Out)", making her the youngest artist ever to reach number one on Top- 40 radio with her single, as well as the youngest solo artist to receive at MTV Video Music Award Nomination. Most recently JoJo has released "Disaster" and "Demonstrate" on iTunes in support of her forthcoming third studio album scheduled for a 2013 release.(PIR)(10-29-2012)

  • UFC Champ Cruz honorary pace car driver at Phoenix: Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight champion, and former star of The Ultimate Fighter Live on FX, Dominick Cruz has been named Honorary Pace Car Driver for the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, November 11. Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Cruz, 27, has ascended to the top of his profession. Known for his outstanding speed and footwork, Cruz has compiled a 19-1-0 professional record that includes wins over the likes of Demetrious Johnson, Urijah Faber, Scott Jorgensen, Joseph Benavidez and Brian Bowles. Cruz, partnering with Niner Sports Marketing, will participate in pre-race ceremonies and will make appearances on site at PIR on Sunday, November 11.(PIR)(10-26-2012)

  • Phoenix announces driver appearances and entertainment for race weekend: Fans attending the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway will be treated to hearing from some of NASCAR's top drivers prior to the action on the track Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11. PIR race fans will have an opportunity to visit with 2012 Chase contender Kevin Harvick, racing legend and five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runner-up Mark Martin, Arizona native Michael McDowell and 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series runner-up Elliott Sadler- just to name a few. PIR will also offer fans a host of live entertainment options throughout the weekend. Kicking off the weekend in SPEED Cantina, Harry Luge Jr. makes his return to PIR for the November event weekend. Headlining Friday night's party at PIR: After Dark, the Furious George Band and a fireworks show will continue the night after the on track action concludes. Saturday wraps up with performances by Harry Luge Jr. and Chad Freeman and Redline at the SPEED Cantina.(PIR)(10-23-2012)

  • NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series to race in Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber, NASCAR and OCESA announced that the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series will make its United States debut at PIR during the March, 2013 race weekend. The landmark international event will run on Friday, March 1, as part of the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at PIR. The race will be televised in the United States, Mexico and Latin America. The 75-lap event will feature a format that includes a scheduled break after the first 50-laps followed by a 25-lap sprint to the finish. A full field of drivers from the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series is expected to participate in this history making race, including current points leader Daniel Suarez, driver of the No. 3 Equipo TELCEL. The NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series will kick off its 10th season overall and seventh under the NASCAR banner at Phoenix International Raceway on March 1, 2013, followed by 14 races at eight different tracks throughout Mexico.(PIR)(10-3-2012)

  • AdvoCare sponsoring Phoenix race: Phoenix International Raceway announced that AdvoCare International (AdvoCare) has been named title sponsor for the track's November 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event: The AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. The AdvoCare 500, the Semi-Final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, will be the feature event for PIR's November race weekend. With the Sprint Cup Series Championship on the line, the green flag will drop on the AdvoCare 500 at 1 p.m. MST. AdvoCare is a health and wellness company that offers world-class nutrition, weight loss, energy and sports performance products. No stranger to NASCAR fans, AdvoCare is also the primary sponsor of rising star Austin Dillon and the #3 AdvoCare Chevy in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for legendary owner Richard Childress Motorsports.(PIR)(9-25-2012)

  • Phoenix Qualifying moved to Friday: Phoenix International Raceway announced that NASCAR has moved Gatorade Pole Qualifying for the semi-final race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup to Friday, Nov. 9 at 4:10 p.m. The weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will remain as scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. "We are pleased that NASCAR has moved Qualifying to Friday," said Sperber. "It will add excitement to an already fantastic day that features the Lucas Oil 150 Camping World Truck Series event." Gates open to the public Friday at 9 a.m. A full day of activity on the track will be highlighted by Gatorade Pole Qualifying and the running of the Lucas Oil 150 Camping World Truck Series race at 6 p.m.(PIR)(7-18-2012)

  • Phoenix looking for fall title race sponsor, 2013 dates: IndyCar isn't listed on Phoenix International Raceway's 2013 season-ticket renewal brochure, but the series still might return to the Avondale oval for the first time since 2005. Substantive negotiations between PIR President Bryan Sperber and IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard are expected within the next six weeks. A more immediate priority is to sign a new title sponsor for the upcoming Sprint Cup race. Kobalt Tools didn't renew due to budget cutbacks. Sperber said he's talking with potential replacements. PIR's 2013 brochure lists March 1-3 for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 and Nov. 7-10 for the Sprint Cup Series' championship semifinal. Incentives are offered for season-ticket renewals by July 20.(USA Today)(6-23-2012)

  • Phoenix tickets on sale Friday: Phoenix International Raceway has waived the green flag for fans to purchase tickets to one of the most exciting race weekends of the NASCAR season, featuring the semi-final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Tickets to the Nov. 8-11 NASCAR event weekend at PIR go on sale June 1 and can be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com/Tickets or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223). Last year's semi-final race at PIR sold out quickly. The capacity crowd witnessed a thrilling race won by Kasey Kahne on PIR's newly paved track, while Chase points leaders Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart positioned themselves for an historic conclusion to the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. A number of great individual pricing options are available throughout the event weekend. Tickets to the Sunday, Nov. 11 Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Race begin at $25. Prices start as low as $15 for the opportunity to watch two Saturday (Nov. 10) races, the Great Clips 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race and the Casino Arizona 50 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Race.(PIR)(5-30-2012)

  • Homestead-Miami, Daytona, Phoenix featured in "Smoke Your Tires" Game: Picturesque Homestead-Miami Speedway is one of the first tracks featured in a new downloadable application, Smoke Your Tires. Coinciding with the start of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing season, International Speedway Corporation has lent the marks to its 12 tracks to a new iTunes app, Smoke Your Tire. Homestead-Miami Speedway is among the first featured in the app, along with other iconic ISC facilities Daytona International Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. This application for the iPhone is available now in the iTunes store with an Android version forthcoming. The app allows players to customize a stock car to feel as if they are smoking tires on the actual 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway track in never-before-seen-on-apps 360 degree spins, the difficulty of which increases by graduating levels. The first two levels, with backdrops at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, respectively, are free with multi-level tiers added with each new event of the stock car racing season hosted at an ISC track. Each level will be a unique experience with new challenges and varying degrees of difficulty.(HMS)(3-8-2012)

  • PIR Traffic: Phoenix International Raceway is encouraging fans to prepare for race day traffic by arriving early and enjoying the full NASCAR experience during the Subway Fresh Fit 500 event weekend, March 2-4. PIR will open its 2012 NASCAR season with three races, including Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at 1 pm. See fan guidelines, traffic plans and notes, Park 'N Ride info, parking, directions and links to maps at phoenixracing.com.(3-2-2012)

  • Jared, Subway & PIR to provide lunch & race tickets for National Guard: on Friday, Subway famous fan Jared Fogle will provide lunch and race tickets to several hundred members of the Arizona National Guard in honor of the 2012 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Jared and Subway team with PIR to pay homage to true American heroes and invite them to enjoy the exciting action during one of the Phoenix area's top annual sporting event weekends.(PIR)(3-2-2012)

  • Jet dryer operators to wear firesuits, helmets: Jet dryer operators will wear firesuits and helmets this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway as part of a safety move following Juan Pablo Montoya's fiery crash in the Daytona 500. Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said his track will take action as well. Jet dryer operators, whose job entails blowing debris from the track following wrecks as well as drying the racing surface, do not wear firesuits because they typically are not around fires. "My guys will [wear them] because, if nothing else, I like them and they're good guys," Gossage said. "I want firesuits and helmets for those guys. I want at least four-point [seat-belt] harnesses. I want to look at roll bars. I want to look at the right kind of fire extinguishers in the truck.(Scene Daily)(3-2-2012)

  • Candlebox to perform at PIR: Legendary rock band Candlebox will energize the crowd at Phoenix International Raceway with a live concert this Sunday, March 4, to celebrate the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 event weekend. The concert begins at 11 a.m. at Budweiser ROLL-BAR, PIR's showcase venue for live music and entertainment. Known for their blend of hard rock and a contemporary sound, Candlebox is scheduled to release their fifth album, Love Stories and other Musings, on April 3 and will begin a six-week U.S. tour two days later. Single-day tickets to Budweiser ROLL-BAR are available for $99 on Saturday, March 3 and for $149 on Sunday, March 4. A Budweiser ROLL-BAR Club Pass and a Pre-Race Pit Pass for Sunday, March 4 is available for $179 and a weekend Budweiser ROLL-BAR pass (Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4) including a Pre-Race Pit-Pass is $249. Additional purchase of a grandstand ticket is still required for track admission.(PIR)(3-2-2012)

  • Brian McKnight to sign National Anthem at Phoenix: World-renowned recording artist Brian McKnight will sing the national anthem prior to the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500, Sunday, March 4. McKnight and his sons, Brian Jr. and Niko, will launch Phoenix's 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season with the same soulful sounds that have been a McKnight trademark for two decades. McKnight and his sons are avid NASCAR fans. "In our house, we are either talking about sports or music, and there is nothing like the excitement of NASCAR," said McKnight. "My sons and I are thrilled to be performing at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday. We hope everyone enjoys our rendition of the National Anthem."(Phoenix Raceway)(2-29-2011)

  • NFLer Ndamukong Suh named Grand Marshal of Subway Fresh Fit 500: All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will serve as Grand Marshal for the 2012 Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Sunday, March 4 at Phoenix International Raceway. Suh was immediately recognized as one of the most dominant defensive linemen in pro football after being selected second overall by Detroit in the 2010 Draft. In only two seasons, he has registered 102 tackles (75 solo), 14 sacks and one interception while starting all 30 games in which he has played. Suh, whose first name means "House of Spears," is a native of Portland, OR. In his role as Grand Marshal, Suh will participate in pre-race festivities and will kick off the race by saying the most famous words in NASCAR, "Gentlemen, start your engines!"
    "I am honored to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Subway Fresh Fit 500," said Suh. "I've been fortunate to experience motor sports all over the world and am somewhat of an enthusiast. I am really excited to share this experience with my great friends from Subway, and I can't wait to give the command." Additional information about the Subway Fresh Fit 500 and all race weekend activities (March 2-4) can be found by visiting phoenixraceway.com.(PIR)(2-22-2012)

  • NASCAR turns down 'General Lee': Concerned over the negative image of the Confederate flag, NASCAR told PGA star Bubba Watson he cannot drive his "General Lee'' show car around Phoenix International Raceway before the March 4 Sprint Cup race. Watson, an honorary race official for the event, was originally told he could appear in the #01 car from the "Dukes of Hazzard'' television series, which he purchased for $110,000 at an auction. NASCAR officials vetoed that because there is a Confederate flag on the roof of the bright orange Dodge Charger made famous in the series, which aired from 1979-85, and the sport is trying to distance itself from the negative image that brings. "NASCAR, International Speedway Corp. and Phoenix International Raceway officials discussed this and decided it was not in the best interest of our sport,'' NASCAR said in a statement on Friday. "The image of the Confederate flag is not something that should play an official role in our sport as we continue to reach out to new fans and make NASCAR more inclusive." Watson, who recently drove the car to the Phoenix Open golf tournament, wrote Thursday on Twitter: "Sorry to say @nascar won't let me drive The General Lee at the @PhoenixRaceway !!! #dreamcrushed." The Confederate flag still is flown by fans at many racetracks, particularly in the South. But NASCAR has made it clear over the years that it doesn't want to be associated with that image.(ESPN)(2-17-2012)

  • Phoenix honorary pace car driver named: UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will be among the headline attractions during the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Sunday, March 4 at Phoenix International Raceway. It was announced by track President Bryan R. Sperber, that Cruz was named Honorary Pace Car Driver for the race. "Dominick is a true Arizona success story and we are proud of the style and class with which he represents our entire region," said Sperber. "We are excited to have him headline the weekend activities that kickoff the start of the 2012 NASCAR season at PIR." Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Cruz, 26, has ascended to the top of his profession, compiling a 19-1-0 professional record that includes wins over the likes of Demetrious Johnson, Urijah Faber, Scott Jorgensen, Joseph Benavidez and Brian Bowles. Cruz and Faber will face each other as opposing coaches in the upcoming season of "The Ultimate Fighter Live" premiering on FX before squaring off in the Octagon® for the third time following the program's season finale. Cruz will participate in pre-race ceremonies and will make appearances onsite at PIR on Sunday, March 4. Additional information on race weekend activities is available on Phoenix International Raceway's official website at www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR)(2-11-2012)

  • Jepson promoted to Communications Manager of Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway announced the promotion of Jennifer Jepson to Communications Manager. In her new role, Jepson will manage daily operations in all areas for the company's communications department. Jepson joins recently hired Director of Communications, Dave Lockett, who joined Phoenix international Raceway earlier this year. Jepson originally joined the company in 2011 as Client Relations Coordinator in the sales & marketing department where she helped manage the activation of all corporate sponsorships. Raised in Phoenix, AZ., Jepson graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.(PIR)(2-1-2012)

  • Checkered Flag Run at Phoenix March 2-3: Race fans and motorcycle enthusiasts will celebrate diversity during the 2nd Annual Checkered Flag Run to Phoenix International Raceway's NASCAR Weekend on March 2-3. The exciting two-day event will include a ride to Phoenix International Raceway and an opportunity to enjoy the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race. The largest multicultural motorcycle gathering at NASCAR, The Checkered Flag Run will launch with a kickoff reception featuring live entertainment on Friday, March 2 from 6-10 p.m. at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, AZ. Saturday, March 3 will begin with a ride to Phoenix International Raceway to enjoy the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race. Riders will start from three separate locations, including Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Radisson Hotel Phoenix Airport and Radisson Hotel Phoenix Chandler, and will arrive at the Phoenix International Raceway by 9 a.m. Tickets to the 2012 Checkered Flag Run can be purchased for $25 until March 1 by calling 1-866-498-RACE (7223) or through www.checkeredflagrun.com.(PIR)(1-31-2012)

  • Phoenix names Director of Communications: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced that Dave Lockett has been named Director of Communications. Lockett, who most recently directed public relations for the Pittsburgh Steelers, will oversee all communications for PIR effective immediately. Lockett spent 13 seasons with the Steelers after previously working in corporate communications at the National Football League and with several New York-area PR firms.(PIR)(1-15-2012)

2011 News

  • PIR to salute American with Veterans Day Tribute: Phoenix International Raceway and NASCAR fans in attendance for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 will celebrate Veteran's Day by paying tribute to the generations of men and women who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during the pre-race show beginning at noon on November 13.
    The spectacular pre-race show will also include:
    · 36 soldiers (nine each from Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines) will be honored in the Bryan Grandstand as they march down toward the track, waving American Flags
    · An aerial entrance to the track by the Arizona Skyhawks carrying the American Flag
    · Turn 2 display of a 200-foot American Flag presented by Arizona Project ChalleNGe
    · National Anthem by Pentagon awarded "Armed Forces Entertainers of the Year", Catchpenny
    · Flyover by four F-16s from the 62nd Fighter Squadron out of Luke Air Force Base
    · Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard
    · Moment of silence to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom prior to the National Anthem
    Although grandstand seats for the November 13, Kobalt Tools 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race are sold out, Hillside tickets for the Kobalt Tools 500 are still available. Fans can purchase Hillside tickets and grandstand tickets for the November 12, WYPALL* 200 by calling 866-408-RACE (7223) or online at www.PhoenixRaceway.com. Hillside tickets do not allow access into the main PIR gates including the Fan Midway.(PIR)(11-11-2011)

  • Phoenix set to unveil new track: Phoenix International Raceway's newly reconfigured and repaved 1-mile oval will be unveiled this weekend for the Kobalt Tools 500. With three NASCAR series competing at Phoenix this weekend, PIR is making sure our new track is ready for a full weekend of racing in the Valley of the Sun. Since the last NASCAR test at PIR on October 4-5, our team has implemented several exercises designed to help develop an upper groove:
    · Advanced tire dragging machine focusing on enhancing the upper groove applied rubber into the surface; the machine went through more than 80 tires over 12 days for around 90 hours of actual dragging.
    · Working with Richard Petty Driving Experience yesterday and today, six cars and drivers (NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Randy Lajoie, ARCA champion Frank Kimmel, Tim Fedewa, Steve Grissom, Brad Noffsinger and Andy Thurman) turned laps, focusing on widening the upper groove.
    · The cars driven this week are 850-hp NASCAR-sanctioned race cars prepared for Sprint Cup competition.
    · The cars collectively ran more than 3,000 miles on a soft Goodyear tire compound.
    In addition to the aforementioned measures taken to develop the new track, the new PIR will be washed and swept before being turned over to NASCAR for the event weekend.(PIR)(11-10-2011)

  • Wrestling champion Robles named PIR Honorary Race Official: Phoenix native and Arizona State University NCAA wrestling champion Anthony Robles - who was born without his right leg - can add another title to his long list of honors. Robles has been named Honorary Race Official for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Nov. 13 and will help rev up the crowd for the NASCAR weekend's signature event. "With the support of my family and my coaches, I believed I could one day be a champion wrestler... I believed that I could be unstoppable," said Robles. "I am honored to have been chosen to stand in front of my hometown crowd as an Honorary Race Official for the Kobalt Tools 500." Although grandstand seats for the November 13, Kobalt Tools 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race are sold out, Hillside tickets for the Kobalt Tools 500 are still available. Fans can purchase Hillside tickets and grandstand tickets for the November 12, WYPALL* 200 by calling 866-408-RACE (7223) or online at www.PhoenixRaceway.com. Hillside tickets do not allow access into the main PIR gates including the Fan Midway.(PIR)(10-11-2011)

  • Stealing Angels to peform National Anthem for Phoenix Nationwide race: The musical recording trio Stealing Angels will perform the Star Spangled Banner live on ESPN 2 for the WYPALL 200 Nationwide Series race on November 12 at Phoenix International Raceway. The group has been creating buzz in the music industry with their newest single, "Little Blue Sky," available at radio today and iTunes on November 8. The girls will perform songs from their album including their hot single "Little Blue Sky," on PIR's Fan Midway at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12. The concert is presented by 3 Amigos Tequila, the official tequila of Phoenix International Raceway. Tickets for the WYPALL 200 powered by Kimberly-Clark Professional start at only $15 and are available by calling 866-408-RACE (7223) or online at www.PhoenixRaceway.com.(PIR)(11-8-2011)

  • Repaved & Reconfigured Phoenix track to debut in November: Race fans will get to experience four days of on-track action and entertainment this November at Phoenix International Raceway when the Kobalt Tools 500 returns as the semi-final race in NASCAR's playoffs - the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The fall event weekend at PIR, November 10-13, will be the first event held on the facility's new, reconfigured racing surface.
    In February, PIR President Bryan R. Sperber announced details related to the NASCAR facility's first major track pavement project since 1990. Construction - including the removal and reuse of the facility's old racing surface and subsequent installation of a new surface to go with a series of changes designed to promote side-by-side racing - began in March and will continue up to September.
    Aside from the installation of a new, four-layer asphalt and aggregate surface, PIR's track pavement project includes the following adjustments:
    - Widen the front stretch from 52 to 62 feet
    - Reconfigure pit road with the installation of concrete pit stalls
    - Push the dog-leg curve between Turn 2 and Turn 3 out 95 feet
    - Tighten the turn radius of the dog-leg from 800 to 500 feet
    - Implement variable banking to ensure the immediate use of two racing grooves, including 10-11 degree banking between Turn 1 and Turn 2; 10-11 degree banking in the apex of the dog-leg; and 8-9 degree banking in Turn 4
    Tickets to the exciting November 10-13 Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR event weekend are available, starting at just $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit PhoenixRaceway.com or call 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(11-7-2011)

  • Los Lobos to perform concert at Phoenix: Multiple Grammy Award winning recording artists Los Lobos - who reached super-stardom in 1987 with their chart-topping cover of Ritchie Valens' La Bamba - will perform at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Budweiser ROLL-Bar main stage prior to the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. The five-piece eclectic ensemble from East Los Angeles includes David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez, Cesar Rosas, and Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin. The band has been performing and releasing records for nearly four decades - sharing the stage with acts such as Bob Dylan, U2 and the Grateful Dead. With their eclectic style that draws from rock, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music, the band continues to redefine their sound while maintaining a rich musical tradition. In August 2010, the group released their first album in four years, entitled Tin Can Trust. This year they launched an international tour with stops in Europe and Australia.(PIR)(11-7-2077)

  • Phoenix Grandstands sold out: Track President Bryan R. Sperber announced that Phoenix International Raceway's grandstands are sold out for the Kobalt Tools 500 on November 13. Race fans wishing to attend NACAR's final West Coast race of the season - the first Sprint Cup Series event on Phoenix International Raceway's newly repaved and reconfigured 1-mile oval - may still purchase general admission tickets to PIR's hillside area or infield passes by calling 866-408-RACE or visiting PhoenixRaceway.com. PIR also sold out its grandstands for February's SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.(PIR)(11-5-2011)

  • Phoenix National Anthem performer announced: Minneapolis-based rock band, Catchpenny, will fire up race fans on Veteran's Day weekend for the Kobalt Tools 500 by performing the Star-Spangled Banner on Sunday, November 13 at Phoenix International Raceway. Catchpenny, a favorite band of American military troops, has played more than 150 concerts in combat zones in support of U.S. military serving overseas. What began as one invitation to perform for the troops became years of work, performing for troops serving in Iraq, Kuwait, and other Middle Eastern countries. Along the way, band members Mark Kelly, and Christian and Zachary Schauf faced sniper fire, surface-to-air missiles, car bombs, and extreme conditions that more than once landed a band member in a medic's tent. The band was named by the Pentagon as first-ever "Armed Forces Entertainers of the Year" and their rendition of the National Anthem will bring together a culmination of weekend entertainment scheduled in honor of Veteran's Day weekend and NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup in Phoenix. For Phoenix International Raceway tickets and information, call 866-408-RACE (7223) or visit PhoenixRaceway.com.(PIR)(11-4-2011)

  • Adrian Fernandez named Phoenix grand marshal: Adrian Fernandez - driver of the #007 Lowe's Aston Martin LMP1 and one of Mexico's most popular athletes - will step out of his normal role behind the wheel to serve as Grand Marshal for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, November 13. "I am honored to be chosen as the Grand Marshal for the Kobalt Tools 500," said Fernandez. "At this stage, every round in The Chase is pivotal and I am looking forward to a great race. I competed at PIR on several occasions and, having lived in Phoenix for a long time, I still consider it home. Lowe's and Kobalt Tools have a lot of activities planned leading up to the race, and I am excited to be a part of it all and to have the chance to catch up with a lot of friends and fans." As Grand Marshal for NASCAR's semi-final race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Fernandez will rev up the crowd by delivering racing's iconic phrase, "Gentleman, start your engines." He will also work with PIR officials and Lowe's/Kobalt Tools to help welcome fans, drivers, and teams to Phoenix for the final West Coast race of the 2011 NASCAR season.
    At 48 years old, Fernandez has enjoyed a racing career that spans almost 30 years. His success on the race track and passion for the sport have placed him on a worldwide stage with a dedicated fan base around the globe. Fernandez made his NASCAR debut in 2005 when he helped promote the sport in his native Mexico by driving the #5 Lowe's/Hitachi Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports. It was the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race held outside the United States. He went on to contest four more NASCAR Nationwide races for Hendrick Motorsports that year and two in 2006. That same year, Fernandez - who had formed Fernandez Racing in 2000 with partner Tom Anderson - expanded his program to create Lowe's Fernandez Racing with Fernandez participating as both a team owner and driver in the Rolex Grand-Am Series, and in the American Le Mans Series from 2007 through 2009. Fernandez, alongside teammate Luis Diaz, claimed LMP2 driver and team championship honors in 2009.
    Fernandez opened a new chapter in his career in 2010, driving for the iconic Aston Martin Racing team aboard the #007 Lowe's Aston Martin LMP1 entry in selected, prestigious sports car events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Twelve Hours of Sebring. Recently, Fernandez and AMR claimed an overall victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., and finished third at the Petit Le Mans in Braselton, Ga.
    Tickets for the Kobalt Tools 500 on November 13 are available now and start at just $25. For Phoenix International Raceway tickets and information, call 866-408-RACE (7223) or visit PhoenixRaceway.com.(PIR)(11-3-2011)

  • UFC champ will serve as pace car driver at Phoenix: Undefeated UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, will lead the field to the green flag behind the wheel of the Official Pace Car - Toyota Venza - at the start of the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Nov. 13. As the official pace car driver in Phoenix's NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup event, the 36-year-old mixed martial artist will take an honorary lap on the newly repaved and reconfigured one-mile oval. Widely regarded as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Silva is the UFC's longest reigning champion, with 14 consecutive wins - a streak that has lasted five and a half years. Tickets for the Kobalt Tools 500 on November 13 and the WYPALL* 200 on November 12 at Phoenix International Raceway are available by calling 866-408-RACE (7223) or by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com.(PIR)(11-2-2011)

  • PIR announces traffic Patterns for NASCAR weekend: Track officials at Phoenix International Raceway are making preparations to ensure a safe and efficient travel route for the thousands of race fans who will arrive for the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR event weekend Nov. 10-13. PIR will close out the 2011 West Coast NASCAR season with the debut a newly repaved and reconfigured 1-mile oval for Sunday's NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup race at 1 pm. A multi-agency collaboration with the Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County's Department of Transportation and Sheriff's Office, and the cities of Avondale and Goodyear will ease travel for fans as they move through numerous communities and jurisdictions on their way to and from the raceway.
    During the this month's event weekend at PIR, "Road Safe" deploys more than 4,000 traffic cones, 600 barricades, approximately 75 people, and numerous special signs and vehicles to help ensure safe travel for the nearly 100,000 fans heading to the Kobalt Tools 500. Track officials encourage race fans to plan ahead for the 1 p.m. start time of Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race - the busiest event of the weekend. The race will conclude at approximately 5 p.m. with the heaviest outbound flow for the Nov. 13 race expected to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. During this period, motorists traveling on I-10 will experience intermittent closing of Exit 131 (Avondale Boulevard) to allow for the successful egress of race traffic.
    Phoenix International Raceway encourages motorists - passengers, not drivers - to call 511 and press *7 when prompted for traffic updates. Additionally, fans can check for traffic updates on Twitter at Twitter.com/PhoenixRaceway. Park 'N Ride Encouraged
    The popular Park 'N Ride program - featuring a new terminal at PIR - returns to Ashley HomeStore Furniture Pavilion, located just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue (Exit 135). All NASCAR fans planning to use the service are welcome to enter the Pavilion Grounds at the 83rd Avenue entrance and board a First Student Charter of Phoenix shuttle for transport to the new Park 'N Ride Terminal located at Gate 4 at the track. Cost for parking and shuttle services to PIR will remain $7 per car and free for fans with a PIR-issued parking pass. Guests with PIR-issued parking passes can "Park N Ride" at no charge. Shuttle buses will escort guests to PIR via preferential traffic routes, offering guests an easy arrival to the track.
    "Park 'N Ride" services will be available for 12 hours - from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. - on Sunday, giving all NASCAR fans an alternate transportation option, before and after the race. The first shuttle will depart at 7:30 a.m. The raceway opens to the public at 8 a.m.
    Parking Pass Determines Exit
    Fans driving their own vehicles to the track should remember that their parking pass - or lack thereof - determines the exits they should take from I-10 to the race. Fans without passes and planning to use the free general parking lots must exit the roadway at either Litchfield Road (Exit 128) or Estrella Parkway (Exit 126) and travel south following directions.
    Fans with special passes and permits - and only those fans - should exit at Avondale Boulevard (Exit 131). Motorists who take the wrong routes may face major delays as they approach the track. At all times, motorists should follow the directions of officers and deputies. Guests with facility parking passes may refer to the reverse side of their parking pass for directions to and from the track.
    Directions for General Parking Admission - Eastbound:
    Take Exit 126 - Estrella Parkway. Drive south approximately five miles to Vineyard Road. Follow the signs and directions from officers and deputies while traveling east about three miles to the entrance to the parking lot.
    Directions for General Parking Admission - Westbound:
    Take Exit 128 - Litchfield Road or Exit 126 - Estrella Parkway. Drive south approximately five miles to Vineyard Road. Follow the signs and directions from officers and deputies as, depending on traffic flow, traffic may be diverted for a short time onto MC 85 or Broadway Road. When traffic reaches Vineyard, motorists will travel east for about two miles to the entrance to the parking lot.
    Directions for Parking Pass Admission - Eastbound and Westbound:
    Take Exit 131 - Avondale Boulevard. Drive south approximately six miles to the entrance to the parking lot. Fans taking this exit without a parking permit will be re-routed several miles to the proper roadway.
    Directions for Local Traffic - MC 85 (Buckeye Road):
    Local fans who travel on MC 85 (Buckeye Road) should exit on Litchfield Road or Bullard Avenue. Fans with special passes and permits - and only those fans - may use Avondale Boulevard.
    Tickets for the Kobalt Tools 500 on November 13 are available now and start at just $25. For Phoenix International Raceway tickets and information, call 866-408-RACE (7223) or visit PhoenixRaceway.com.(Phoenix International Raceway)(10-31-2011)

  • Spring Phoenix tickets on sale Tuesday: Beginning Tuesday, November 1 race fans can purchase tickets to the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway - NASCAR's second stop of the 2012 season following the Daytona 500. The SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 weekend - which kicks off PIR's 2012 NASCAR season - will feature a new date of March 2-4. Fans may purchase tickets by calling 866-408 RACE, logging on to PhoenixRaceway.com or visiting the PIR box office at 125 S. Avondale Blvd. in Avondale, Ariz. Value pricing is back - fans can receive extra savings by purchasing tickets for the 2012 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 early. The value pricing period takes place November 1 through December 31, 2011. Regular pricing will begin on Jan. 1 and runs through to the start of the March event weekend. Also making a return is the GO Value Package. GO 2 Days to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 and NASCAR Nationwide Series Bashas' Supermarkets 200 races and pay only $40. 2012 Season Tickets are available now and start at only $99. Tickets for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 start at just $25 and tickets for the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 start at only $15.(PIR)(10-29-2011)

  • Catchpenny to perform National Anthem at Phoenix: Minneapolis-based rock band, Catchpenny, will fire up race fans on Veteran's Day weekend for the Kobalt Tools 500 by performing the Star-Spangled Banner on Sunday, November 13 at Phoenix International Raceway. Catchpenny, a favorite band of American military troops, has played more than 150 concerts in combat zones in support of U.S. military serving overseas. During their seven-year musical span, Catchpenny has toured nationally three times. They have just released their third studio album featuring classic rock musical influences, appropriately titled, "Three", which is now available on iTunes. Their last record, From Where You Are, independently sold over 20,000 copies and their tracks have been used by Arizona Jeans, ESPN X Games, FOX (during World Series), and MTV. Tickets for the Kobalt Tools 500 on November 13 start at just $25. Tickets for the WYPALL* 200 on November 12 start at just $15. For Phoenix International Raceway tickets and information, call 866-408-RACE (7223) or visit PhoenixRaceway.com.(PIR)(10-27-2011)

  • Testing at Phoenix Tuesday & Wednesday: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has a two-day test session at Phoenix International Raceway scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 4-5. Teams will be on track from 10 am to 4 pm. In March, construction began on Phoenix's first track repave since 1990. This test provides the first opportunity for all teams to run on the new surface in preparation for Phoenix's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Nov. 13. Though Phoenix International Raceway remains one mile in length, changes to the banking and configuration have been implemented to promote side-by-side racing. As of today, 37 teams have entered for the test. In addition, three have opted to test fuel injection [no word which teams], as NASCAR and its teams continue to prepare for the introduction of fuel injection for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
    Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition, comments on the upcoming test at Phoenix: "The test at Phoenix will give teams the opportunity to gather data for everything they need for their chassis and simulation work in preparation for November's Chase race. Not only is Phoenix getting a repaved surface, there is a track configuration change to go along with it. The backstretch will now have a more defined dogleg and the bank angles have changed. It's almost like we'll be looking at a new race track."(NASCAR)(10-3-2011)

  • NASCAR changes Phoenix schedule; Good year chooses tire: NASCAR has eliminated a scheduled Sprint Cup practice on Thursday of race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway Nov. 11-13. Sprint Cup teams are scheduled to participate in an open test at Phoenix Oct. 4-5. Those testing sessions were scheduled because the track has been reconfigured and resurfaced since NASCAR's last visit. The Thursday practice apparently was eliminated because of the October testing opportunities. Teams are approaching the Phoenix race as one of the most important in the Chase not only because it is the next-to-last event but also because the new surface will make most notes from previous PIR races virtually obsolete.(SPEED)
    AND: Goodyear has selected its tire for Phoenix International Raceway. Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager/Worldwide Racing, said that when the Sprint Cup tour returns to PIR for the two-day test, Oct. 4-5, teams will use the same left-side tires as they did at Indianapolis. They also will go with a right side similar to what they used in Indy in terms of construction, compound and mold, but with a little different gauge and tread thickness for heat resistance.(Fox Sports)(9-25-2011)

  • Avondale city council approves Phoenix expansion: The Avondale City Council is paving the way for Phoenix International Raceway to expand by approving a General Plan amendment and by rezoning the property. In return, PIR, which is nearing completion of a $10 million makeover of its 1-mile oval, will continue improving its facility to become more competitive within the racing industry. The city and PIR officials hope development will provide new employment and more commercial and retail uses that expand the economic impact of the property. They hope that by remaining competitive with other nationwide sporting venues, both PIR and Avondale will gain national marketing exposure during televised events, which in turn will lead to more visitors and revenue. The council's decision on Monday allow the raceway to begin planning and designing more improvements to the existing facility, including the possible construction of new grandstands, media facilities and an enhanced midway for race fans. As part of a longer-term development plan, PIR will study the development of new uses on land now used for parking. The uses could include hotels, restaurants, retail or light industrial that would benefit from being near the track.(Tuscon Citizen)(8-12-2011)

  • West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame to honor Kevin Harvick: The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame will honor Kevin Harvick for "Outstanding Personal Achievement" on November 10 at the Arizona Biltmore as part of a charitable fundraiser presented by Phoenix International Raceway during the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend in Phoenix. The event, hosted by ESPN pit reporter Jamie Little, will raise funds for the non-profit West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame and other charities. Both Harvick, a Bakersfield, Calif. native, and Little - originally from Las Vegas - have deep ties to racing in the West. Their support of the Phoenix event was a perfect fit as the Hall of Fame looks to grow its presence not only in the West, but throughout NASCAR. Additional NASCAR drivers and personalities with West Coast roots are scheduled to appear at the event alongside Harvick and Little for this very special "Night to Remember." Phoenix International Raceway's first annual "Night to Remember" will be held at the legendary Arizona Biltmore Resort at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. Tickets for the event are $250 each and will provide attendees with the chance to spend an evening with honored NASCAR guests while enjoying food & beverage, as well as an exclusive charity auction.(Phoenix Raceway)(7-22-2011)

  • Phoenix Fall Tickets on sale: Race fans can purchase tickets to the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway - the semi-final playoff race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup - on May 19 by calling 866-408 RACE, logging on to PhoenixRaceway.com or visiting the PIR box office at 125 S. Avondale Blvd. in Avondale, Ariz. The Kobalt Tools 500 on November 13 will anchor a full, four-day weekend of NASCAR action at PIR (November 10-13) and will be the first Sprint Cup Series event on a new, reconfigured and repaved racing surface. In February, PIR President Bryan R. Sperber announced details related to the NASCAR facility's first major track pavement project since 1990. Construction - including the removal and reuse of the facility's old racing surface and subsequent installation of a new surface to go with a series of changes designed to promote side-by-side racing - began in March and will continue up to September.
    "Our goal for the track pavement project was to not radically change a venue that's celebrated by fans and drivers alike, but to utilize new technology to give us the best opportunity to create not just a new Phoenix International Raceway, but an improved PIR," Sperber said. "We're pleased with the progress made on the project thus far and are eager to present the new PIR during NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup in November."
    Race fans can take advantage of PIR's Value Pricing Period (May 19 to July 4) as soon as tickets to the November Kobalt Tools 500 weekend go on sale this Thursday. Great individual pricing options will be available with Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets starting at just $25 and Wypall 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series tickets (which includes admission to the Phoenix 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on Saturday night) starting at just $15. Add free daily on-site parking with regular tram service, live music entertainment and interactive fun throughout PIR's Midway and fans experience first-hand the "best value in NASCAR." Fans seeking a full weekend of NASCAR excitement at Phoenix International Raceway can purchase the Best Value in NASCAR Package for just $40. This inclusive package allows fans to experience three races and Gatorade Pole Qualifying in two days for one low price. For just $179, fans can enhance their race weekend by purchasing a Budweiser ROLL-BAR and Pit Pass Combo Package for the Kobalt Tools 500 race day. This combo includes access to PIR's pit road, food, beverage and exclusive Q&A opportunities with NASCAR drivers. Tickets to see NASCAR drivers take on the "New PIR" for first time in practice sessions on November 10 and 11 are just $10. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit PhoenixRaceway.com or call 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(5-19-2011)

  • Jeff Gordon helps PIR begin track pavement project: #24-Jeff Gordon, winner of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Feb. 27, helped get construction started for PIR's upcoming track pavement project after celebrating his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in 66 races. Gordon made the first cuts into Phoenix International Raceway's surface. Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced details related to the NASCAR facility's first major track paving project since 1990 earlier this month. Construction will begin in March with the removal of the facility's current racing surface and the subsequent installation of a new surface to go with a series of changes designed to promote side-by-side racing. While maintaining the integrity of PIR's oval - including the 1-mile distance - the slight configuration changes will produce a racier track with average speeds that are expected to increase two to three miles per hour. The project is slated to conclude in September.(PIR)(3-2-2011)

  • Phoenix Grandstand seating sold out: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced that the last remaining grandstand tickets to Sunday's SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 have been sold. Race fans wishing to attend NASCAR's second event of the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season may still purchase general admission tickets to PIR's hillside area or infield passes by calling 866-408-RACE or visiting PhoenixRaceway.com. Phoenix track officials have noted an uptick in ticket sales this week following last weekend's Daytona 500 in which newcomer Trevor Bayne captured victory just one day after his 20th birthday - becoming the youngest winner in the event's 53-race history.(PIR)(2-25-2011)

  • Avondale, AZ to name street after Earnhardt: The City of Avondale will honor one of NASCAR's greatest families by naming a street in the new Avondale City Center Dale Earnhardt Drive. Both NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt and his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., have won Sprint Cup Series events on PIR's one-mile oval in Avondale. On Sunday, February 27 at the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500, Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers and Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber will present a replica of the street sign to Earnhardt Jr. in honor of his family's racing achievements and contributions to the sport of NASCAR. Sperber said the honor is especially exciting because the honor is the first of its kind in a Phoenix metropolitan area that exceeds 4 million people.(PIR)(2-25-2011)

  • Arizona Governor proclaims this week NASCAR Week: Arizona Governor Janice K, Brewer has officially proclaimed the week of February 21-27 "NASCAR Week" in the State of Arizona. A copy of the official proclamation is available upon request. NASCAR Week will culminate on Sunday, Feb. 27 with the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. In an official proclamation from the Office of the Governor, Brewer lauded NASCAR and Phoenix International Raceway's impact on Arizona's economy, and recognized PIR as the only facility in the Western United States to host two Sprint Cup Series race weekends annually.
    The proclamation reads as follows:
    WHEREAS, Phoenix International Raceway is the only NASCAR facility in the Western United States to host two Sprint Cup Series race weekends annually.
    WHEREAS, with its two annual NASCAR weekends, PIR generates more than $400 million in economic impact for the State of Arizona; and
    WHEREAS, NASCAR has created a motor sports and entertainment haven for residents of Arizona and the Southwestern United States; and
    WHEREAS, hundreds of thousands of guests will attend each NASCAR event weekend, and millions of television viewers will tune in from across the country to take in views of Arizona's sun-splashed landscape and dramatic racing action from PIR; and
    WHEREAS, legends in the sport of NASCAR have visited Victory Lane at PIR, including Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson; and
    WHEREAS, NASCAR puts the spotlight on Arizona for the first West Coast event of the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season on February 27th and the semi-final event of NASCAR's playoffs on November 13th.
    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Janice K Brewer, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim the week of February 21-27, 2011 as * NASCAR WEEK *
    Tickets to the Feb. 24-27 Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR event weekend are available with prices starting at just $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit phoenixraceway.com/tickets or call 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(2-22-2011)

  • Emmy Rossum to perform National Anthem at Phoenix: Actress/Singer Emmy Rossum will perform the Star-Spangled Banner prior to the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 27 at Phoenix International Raceway. Rossum said she's excited for to help fans rev up for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 - the last NASCAR event to be held on a racing surface that's been in place at PIR since 1990. The track will be repaved and slightly reconfigured following the upcoming race weekend. Rossum has been involved in the performing arts for more than a decade and is no stranger to the NASCAR stage. The multi-talented 23-year old currently stars in the Showtime series, Shameless. The new original series, which is based on a long-running British series of the same title, had its biggest premiere in the history of the network. Rossum's first album, "Inside Out," was released in 2007 and featured her own songs and recordings. Tickets to the Feb. 24-27 Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR event weekend are available with prices starting at just $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit phoenixraceway.com/tickets or call 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(2-22-2011)

  • Apolo Anton Ohno named Grand Marshal at Phoenix: Record-setting short-track speed skater and Season 4 Dancing with the Stars champ Apolo Anton Ohno - a national spokesman for Sunway - has been named Grand Marshal for the upcoming Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Feb. 27. "I am excited to serve as the Grand Marshal of the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 and be a part of such a big event," said Ohno. "Since I started working with Sunway, I have had the opportunity to be a part of several unique experiences, and having the chance to give the most famous racing command, 'Gentleman, start your engines,' is going to be something to remember." In addition to saying the most famous words in racing, Ohno's duties as Grand Marshal will include working with PIR officials and Subway to help welcome fans, drivers, and teams to Phoenix for the first West Coast race of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The newest famous fan of Sunway, Ohno will compete in his first marathon, the ING New York City Marathon, in November at the urging of renowned Subway commercial star Jared Fogle. Fogle completed the marathon in 2010. Tickets to the Feb. 24-27 Sunway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR event weekend are available with prices starting at just $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit phoenixraceway.com/tickets or call 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(2-22-2011)

  • Phoenix announces Traffic Patterns: Track officials at Phoenix International Raceway are making preparations to ensure a safe and efficient travel route for the thousands of race fans who will arrive for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR event weekend Feb. 24-27. A multi-agency collaboration with the Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County's Department of Transportation and Sheriff's Office, and the cities of Avondale and Goodyear will ease travel for fans as they move through numerous communities and jurisdictions on their way to and from the raceway. During the this month's event weekend at PIR, "Road Safe" deploys more than 4,000 traffic cones, 600 barricades, approximately 75 people, and numerous special signs and vehicles to help ensure safe travel for the nearly 100,000 fans heading to the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Track officials encourage race fans to plan ahead for the 1 p.m. start time of Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race - the busiest event of the weekend. The race will conclude at approximately 5 p.m. with the heaviest outbound flow for the Feb. 27 race expected to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. During this period, motorists traveling on I-10 will experience intermittent closing of Exit 131 (Avondale Boulevard) to allow for the successful egress of race traffic. Phoenix International Raceway encourages motorists - passengers, not drivers - to call 511 and press *7 when prompted for traffic updates.
    Park 'N Ride Encouraged After much success in recent years, the Park 'N Ride program returns to Cricket Pavilion, located just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue (Exit 135). All NASCAR fans heading to PIR are advised to enter at the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on Pavilion grounds. From there, a shuttle from First Student Charter of Phoenix will transport patrons to the vicinity of Gate 7 at the track. Cost for parking and shuttle services to PIR will remain $7 per car. "Park 'N Ride" services will be available for 12 hours - from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. - on Sunday, giving all NASCAR fans an alternate transportation option, before and after the race. The first shuttle will depart at 7:30 a.m. The raceway opens to the public at 8 a.m. Guests with PIR-issued parking passes can park and ride at no charge. Shuttle buses will escort guests to PIR via preferential traffic routes, offering guests an earlier arrival to the facility. Guests with PIR-issued parking passes can "Park N Ride" at no charge. Shuttle buses will escort guests to PIR via preferential traffic routes, offering guests an easy arrival to the track.
    Parking Pass Determines Exit Fans driving their own vehicles to the track should remember that their parking pass - or lack thereof - determines the exits they should take from I-10 to the race. Fans without passes and planning to use the free general parking lots must exit the roadway at either Litchfield Road (Exit 128) or Estrella Parkway (Exit 126) and travel south following directions. Fans with special passes and permits - and only those fans - should exit at Avondale Boulevard (Exit 131). Motorists who take the wrong routes may face major delays as they approach the track. At all times, motorists should follow the directions of officers and deputies. Guests with facility parking passes may refer to the reverse side of their parking pass for directions to and from the track.
    Directions for General Parking Admission - Eastbound: Take Exit 126 - Estrella Parkway. Drive south approximately five miles to Vineyard Road. Follow the signs and directions from officers and deputies while traveling east about three miles to the entrance to the parking lot.
    Directions for General Parking Admission - Westbound: Take Exit 128 - Litchfield Road or Exit 126 - Estrella Parkway. Drive south approximately five miles to Vineyard Road. Follow the signs and directions from officers and deputies as, depending on traffic flow, traffic may be diverted for a short time onto MC 85 or Broadway Road. When traffic reaches Vineyard, motorists will travel east for about two miles to the entrance to the parking lot.
    Directions for Parking Pass Admission - Eastbound and Westbound: Take Exit 131 - Avondale Boulevard. Drive south approximately six miles to the entrance to the parking lot. Fans taking this exit without a parking permit will be re-routed several miles to the proper roadway.
    Directions for Local Traffic - MC 85 (Buckeye Road): Local fans who travel on MC 85 (Buckeye Road) should exit on Litchfield Road or Bullard Avenue. Fans with special passes and permits - and only those fans - may use Avondale Boulevard.
    Tickets to the exciting Feb. 24-27 Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR event weekend are available with prices starting at just $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.phoenixraceway.com/tickets or call 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(2-19-2011)

  • Phoenix to repave add a little more banking: The dogleg - Phoenix International Raceway's signature backstretch bend - soon will have a stronger bite. The tighter and more-challenging turn will be the most-visible change in a $10 million repaving and reconfiguration of PIR. Other modifications - all designed to facilitate more entertaining side-by-side racing - will include a wider front straightaway and a slight variable banking in the corners. Track length will remain 1 mile. The six-month project, expected to be officially announced today, will start soon after the Feb. 27 NASCAR Subway Fresh Fit 500. It will be the Avondale oval's first major repaving since 1990 and the most-significant overhaul in the track's almost 50-year history. Speeds, according to computer models, will increase by 2-3 mph. Carl Edwards set the PIR Sprint Cup one-lap qualifying record of 136.389 mph last November. Computer modeling has been successfully used to redesign other speedways. Several hundred man-hours of modeling, plus consultation with drivers and NASCAR officials, resulted in:
    - Width of the front straightaway will increase 10 feet, to 62 feet. Banking will stay at 3 degrees.
    - Pit road will be moved back. Individual pit boxes will be concrete.
    - Turns 1 and 2, now banked at 11 degrees, will have variable banking starting at 10 degrees on the bottom up to 11 degrees at the outside wall. Maximum width will be 80 feet, and the turning radius will be opened up from 370 to 400 feet.
    - Turns 3 and 4, currently banked nine degrees, will be 50 feet wide. Turn 3 will be banked 8 degrees and Turn 4 variable at 8-9.
    Most noticeable, though, will be the dogleg. In recent years, drivers have been able to shortcut the corner, usually running single-file. That section of the track will be pushed out 95 feet from the existing asphalt and be 55 feet wide. The new configuration will have 10- to 11-degree banking at the apex. Significantly, the radius will decrease from 800 to 500 feet. That will affect competition, because drivers will be able to arc more into the corner entry but then must deal with a sharper left turn.(Arizona Republic)(2-9-2011)

  • Phoenix continues the Park 'N Ride program: Phoenix International Raceway has announced the operating schedule for its Park 'N Ride program - encouraging race fans to take advantage of the shuttle service when traveling to and from the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 27. A popular and easy way to avoid race day traffic, the Park 'N Ride program returns to Cricket Pavilion - located just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue (Exit 135). All NASCAR fans heading to PIR are advised to enter at the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on Pavilion grounds. From there, a shuttle from First Student Charter of Phoenix will transport patrons to the vicinity of Gate 7 at the track. Cost for parking and shuttle services to PIR will remain $7 per car. Guests with PIR-issued parking passes can park and ride at no charge. Shuttle buses will escort guests to PIR via preferential traffic routes, offering guests an easy and earlier arrival to the facility. For more info at tickets, call 866-408-RACE (7223) or visit PhoenixRaceway.com.(PIR)(2-8-2011)

  • Phoenix moves Sprint Cup qualifying to Saturday: Four days of NASCAR action will return to Phoenix International Raceway next month, Feb. 24-27, headlined by the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup Series race on Feb. 27. The event schedule, which occurs one week after the Daytona 500, showcases a different NASCAR series race each day: Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series and the K&N Pro Series West. PIR also announced that NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying will move from its previous spot on Friday to 1:40 pm on Saturday, Feb. 26 - prior to the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Nationwide Race at 3:30 pm. The move will allow more fans to enjoy Sprint Cup time trials. The Subway Fresh Fit 500 is scheduled to start at 1:00 pm/local time [3pm/et] on Sunday, Feb. 27. Spectator gates open at 8:00 am for Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit 500. More info and tickets to the Feb. 24-27 Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR event weekend are available with prices starting at just $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.phoenixraceway.com/tickets or call 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(1-22-2011)

  • Special 48 hour tickets at PIR to honor Johnson: Phoenix International Raceway will kick off the 2011 NASCAR season by honoring five-time defending Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson - driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevy - with a special #48-themed ticket offer for February's SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500. The '48-Hour Special' will offer fans a unique discounted opportunity to take in NASCAR Sprint Cup action at PIR on February 27. Beginning at noon today, January 12, and ending at noon on January 14, race fans can purchase a regularly-priced $90 ticket to the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500" for just $48. This ticket, located in the Upper AJ Foyt Grandstand, offers a full view of PIR's one-mile oval and pit road. '48-hour Special' tickets will be available at PhoenixRaceway.com/Jimmie-Johnson or by calling 866-408-RACE beginning at noon Arizona time today, January 12, and ending at noon on January 14.(Phoenix Raceway)(1-12-2011)

  • Johnson to visit Phoenix for ticket deal: Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson will visit the Valley of the Sun on Jan. 12 to celebrate the start of the 2011 NASCAR season with local fans from Phoenix International Raceway. Johnson - driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevy - will participate in a one-of-a-kind fan event at Casino Arizona's Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale and will help PIR unveil a 48-hour ticket special for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500" at PIR on Feb. 27. The '48-hour Special' will offer fans a unique discounted opportunity to take in Sprint Cup action at PIR this February. Beginning at noon on January 12 and ending at noon on January 14, race fans can purchase a regularly-priced $90 ticket to the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 for just $48. This ticket, located in the Upper AJ Foyt Grandstand, offers a full view of PIR's one-mile oval and pit road. '48-hour Special' tickets will be available at PhoenixRaceway.com/Jimmie-Johnson at noon on January 12. Tickets to the February 24-27 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500" event weekend are available now, with prices starting at just $25. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit http://phoenixraceway.com or call 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(1-8-2011)

2010 News

  • Phoenix Tix Sales for 2011 Season: Race fans can expect great sports and entertainment value again at Phoenix International Raceway for the 2011 NASCAR season - kicking off with the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 race weekend Feb. 25-27. PIR remains the only facility in the West with two Sprint Cup Series events and the first and last stop on the West Coast for NASCAR. PIR will host a total of seven races in 2011, including two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races. The same great individual pricing options are still available for both 2011 race weekends with Sprint Cup tickets starting at just $25, Nationwide Series for $15 and Camping World Truck Series for $7. Add free daily on-site parking with regular tram service, live music entertainment and interactive fun throughout PIR's interactive Midway and fans experience first-hand the "best value in NASCAR." New to race fans in 2011 is value pricing - fans can receive extra savings by purchasing tickets for the 2011 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 early. The value pricing period takes place now through December 31, 2010. Regular pricing will begin on Jan. 1 and run up to the start of the event weekend. Season tickets will remain at the same low price as last season, with packages starting at $99. By purchasing a season ticket, buyers will receive significant savings over the regular ticket prices along with all the benefits that come with being a season ticket holder; including appreciation events and a dedicated phone line to a PIR Fan Experience Specialist.(Phoenix Raceway)(PIR)(12-2-2010)

  • PIR to repave? maybe re-confugure? NASCAR drivers almost certainly will find Phoenix International Raceway to be a very different place a year from now. The first repaving of the 1-mile oval since 1993 is considered very likely, with the work to begin soon after February's Subway Fresh Fit 500. But the changes could be dramatic: reconfiguration to include bottom-to-top gradual banking, widening and even opening-up the radius of the turns. Such modifications could make racing more exciting for fans. Directors of International Speedway Corp., PIR's parent company, are expected to green-light the estimated $10 million repaving project at a meeting Wednesday in Miami, The Republic has confirmed. The Avondale City Council also must OK a development agreement with PIR; that's likely to happen by early December. Computer modeling will be used to evaluate how such a reconfiguration would affect competition - no final decisions have been made. The banking currently ranges from 3 to 11 degrees, and in racing terms PIR is considered a "flat" track. The progressive banking design has been popular at other tracks, such as the 1 1/2-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. "We have put together a request to the board of directors to approve funding to repave after the February race," PIR President Bryan Sperber said. "Track management and ISC have been working on the preliminary plans."(Arizona Republic)(11-14-2010)

  • New carry-in policy at Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced NASCAR fans can look forward to a new carry-in policy beginning with the upcoming Kobalt Tools 500 Weekend Nov. 11-14. The new policy is part of PIR's ongoing effort to enhance the race day experience for fans by allowing food and non-alcoholic beverages to be brought into the race. Providing a safe and secure environment while maintaining of level of convenience fans have grown have accustomed to is a top priority of Phoenix International Raceway. Fans carrying items onto the property should plan for extra time to allow for a thorough and complete search by security personnel prior to entering the ticket gates. Express lanes will be available for fans that are not carrying items requiring search. In addition, there will be sufficient personnel on hand to ensure guests can proceed through the gate quickly and to their seats in a reasonable amount of time. As part of Phoenix International Raceway's standard policy for NASCAR events, hard-sided coolers will not be allowed into the grandstand area. In addition, Styrofoam coolers are also not permitted. Key changes to the policy to note:
    * Soft-sided coolers that measure no greater than 14 x 14 x 14 inches or 2,700 cubic inches will be permitted - six times the size previously permitted. To ensure these items fit underneath grandstand seats and do not block walkways, coolers with telescoping handles and wheels will not be permitted.
    * Lightweight backpacks or daypacks will be permitted
    Tickets to the November 11-14 Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR event weekend are still available with prices starting at just $25. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit http://phoenixraceway.com or call 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(11-9-2010)

  • Traffic Patterns for Phoenix: Track officials with Phoenix International Raceway are making preparations to ensure a safe and efficient travel route for the thousands of race fans who will arrive for the November NASCAR Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend on Nov. 12-14. Phoenix International Raceway will host four races in three days with a doubleheader on Saturday and NASCAR's semi-final race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. A multi-agency collaboration with the Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County's Department of Transportation and Sheriff's Office, and the cities of Avondale and Goodyear will ease travel for fans as they travel through numerous communities and jurisdictions on their way to and from the raceway. During the this month's event weekend at PIR, "Road Safe" deploys more than 4,000 traffic cones, 600 barricades, approximately 75 people, and numerous special signs and vehicles to help ensure safe travel for the nearly 100,000 fans heading to the Kobalt Tools 500. (Note: A complete listing of equipment is available upon request to the Phoenix International Raceway Communications Department.)
    Track officials encourage race fans to plan ahead for the 1:00 pm start time of Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race - the busiest event of the weekend. The race will conclude at approximately 5:00 pm with the heaviest outbound flow for the Nov. 14 race expected to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. During this period, motorists traveling on I-10 will experience intermittent closing of Exit 131 (Avondale Boulevard) to allow for the successful egress of race traffic. Phoenix International Raceway encourages motorists - passengers, not drivers - to call 511 and press *7 when prompted for traffic updates. Additionally, fans can check for traffic updates on Twitter at Twitter.com/PhoenixRaceway.
    Park 'N Ride Encouraged
    After much success in recent years, the Park 'N Ride program returns to Cricket Pavilion, located just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue (Exit 135). All NASCAR fans heading to PIR are welcome to enter at the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on Pavilion grounds, and board a shuttle from First Student Charter of Phoenix will be provided to the Gate 7 area at the track. Cost for parking and shuttle services to PIR will remain at $7 per car.
    Parking Pass Determines Exit
    Fans driving their own vehicles to the track should remember that their parking pass - or lack thereof - determines the exits they should take from I-10 to the race. Fans without passes and planning to use the free general parking lots must exit the roadway at either Litchfield Road (Exit 128) or Estrella Parkway (Exit 126) and travel south following directions. Fans with special passes and permits - and only those fans - should exit at Avondale Boulevard (Exit 131). Motorists who take the wrong routes may face major delays as they approach the track. At all times, motorists should follow the directions of officers and deputies.
    Directions for General Parking Admission - Eastbound:
    Take Exit 126 - Estrella Parkway. Drive south approximately five miles to Vineyard Road. Follow the signs and directions from officers and deputies while traveling east about three miles to the entrance to the parking lot.
    Directions for General Parking Admission - Westbound:
    Take Exit 128 - Litchfield Road or Exit 126 - Estrella Parkway. Drive south approximately five miles to Vineyard Road. Follow the signs and directions from officers and deputies as, depending on traffic flow, traffic may be diverted for a short time onto MC 85 or Broadway Road. When traffic reaches Vineyard, motorists will travel east for about two miles to the entrance to the parking lot.
    Directions for Parking Pass Admission - Eastbound and Westbound:
    Take Exit 131 - Avondale Boulevard. Drive south approximately six miles to the entrance to the parking lot. Fans taking this exit without a parking permit will be re-routed several miles to the proper roadway.
    Directions for Local Traffic - MC 85 (Buckeye Road):
    Local fans who travel on MC 85 (Buckeye Road) should exit on Litchfield Road or Bullard Avenue. Fans with special passes and permits - and only those fans - may use Avondale Boulevard.
    Tickets for the November 14 Kobalt Tools 500 - with prices as low as $25 - and all other events throughout the final NASCAR event weekend of 2010 at Phoenix International Raceway are still available at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(11-9-2010)

  • GEICO partners with ISC tracks on camping areas: International Speedway Corporation announced an unprecedented partnership with GEICO Insurance at seven of its premier racing facilities nationwide. Beginning in 2011, the five year deal will provide GEICO with promotional and entitlement rights for camping areas at: Daytona International Speedway; Darlington Raceway; Chicagoland Speedway; Homestead-Miami Speedway; Phoenix International Raceway; Talladega Superspeedway; and Watkins Glen International. Under the terms of the agreement, GEICO will receive on-site signage and branding.(ICS)(11-2-2010)

  • Phoenix to help fans celebrate Veteran's Day: To help NASCAR fans celebrate Veteran's Day, Phoenix International Raceway will pay tribute to the generations of men and women who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pre-race show beginning at 12:30 pm on Nov. 14. The patriotic festivities will include a special unveiling of the #39 Chevy's new paint scheme by The U.S. Army and Stewart-Haas Racing. Ryan Newman teamed up with Phoenix International Raceway to create a special military ticketing program designed to honor Veteran's Day and provide tickets for military families. The program - titled "Troop Newman" - is part of PIR's Salute to Military Families initiative. The Kobalt Tools 500 pre-race show will feature more than 60,000 American Flags waving in the Grandstands donated by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The spectacular pre-race show will also include: A "Welcome Home" ceremony for 150 guardsmen from the Arizona National Guard; Recognition of Arizona selections for the U.S. Army All American Bowl; A performance by The U.S. Army Band; An aerial entrance to the track by skydivers carrying the American Flag; Display of a 200-foot American Flag by Arizona Project ChalleNGe; National anthem by acclaimed trumpeter Dr. Jesse McGuire; F-16 fly-over by Luke Air Force Base; Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard.(PIR)(11-1-2010)

  • NASCAR and NASA team up at Phoenix: NASCAR driver Michael McDowell - a product of Glendale, Ariz. - and former NASA astronaut William Gregory will meet fans and answer questions about the thrills and challenges of their respective fields at "Gears and Galaxies" Night on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Challenger Space Center in Peoria. The family-oriented event runs from 4-8 p.m., with Gregory and McDowell hosting a joint Q&A session for ticketed guests from 6-7 p.m. Valley TV and radio motorsports personality Wally Cahill will serve as emcee for the evening. "Gears and Galaxies" also features the unveiling of a new, on-loan NASA exhibit showing a real Space Shuttle tire, a NASCAR tire, and a replica lunar rover tire, along with items flown in space from Mr. Gregory's personal collection. Phoenix International Raceway's Official Pace Car will be on display in the parking lot. Challenger Space Center rounds out the evening with fun family activities including space-themed movies, an Extreme Space Weather demonstration, arts and crafts projects, prize giveaways and more. Among the prizes is a pair of reserved grandstand seats for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race on Feb. 27, 2011, including two pre-race pit passes, courtesy of Phoenix International Raceway. Tickets for "Gears and Galaxies" are available on a first-come, first-served basis at http://www.azchallenger.org/public.nasa.nascar.htm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and include admission to the Q&A session and an autographed photo from both the astronaut and the race car driver. As part of the event, Challenger also has a special ticketing option for NASCAR events at Phoenix International Raceway as part of the Nov. 11-14 Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend. To purchase tickets, contact Jonathan Stone at 623-463-5672.(PIR)(10-30-2010)

  • Phoenix offers Park 'N Ride for Cup race: Phoenix International Raceway has announced its operating schedule for its Park 'N Ride program - encouraging race fans to take advantage of the shuttle service when traveling to and from the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race on Sunday, Nov. 14. After much success in recent years, the Park 'N Ride program returns to Cricket Pavilion, located just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue (Exit 135). All NASCAR fans heading to PIR are welcome to enter at the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on Pavilion grounds, and board a shuttle from First Student Charter of Phoenix will be provided to the Gate 7 area at the track. Cost for parking and shuttle services to PIR will remain at $7 per car. With the green flag dropping on the Kobalt Tools 500 at 1 p.m., "Park 'N Ride" services will be available for 12 hours - from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. - on Nov. 14, providing NASCAR fans with an alternate transportation option, before and after the race. The first shuttle will depart at 7:30 a.m. The raceway opens to the public at 8 a.m. Guests with PIR-issued parking passes can park and ride at no charge. Shuttle buses will escort guests to PIR via preferential traffic routes, offering guests an earlier arrival to the facility.(PIR)(10-28-2010)

  • Phoenix announces 2011 race dates: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced that the track has been awarded two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends in 2011, marking seven consecutive seasons for PIR to host a pair of nationally-televised event weekends featuring the brightest stars in NASCAR. Phoenix will maintain two NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends in the face of widespread schedule realignment that saw multiple race dates moved amongst multiple facilities. As part of the NASCAR's schedule realignment, Phoenix International Raceway's SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 will move from April to February 27 - just one week after NASCAR's largest event, the Daytona 500. PIR will look to capitalize on the season-opening excitement of Daytona with a new Sunday day-race format, allowing fans to take in the 500 km race in Phoenix with a more traditional local start time of 1 p.m. The SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 will be televised nationally on FOX. Phoenix will continue to host the semi-final race in NASCAR's playoffs - the Chase for the Sprint Cup - on November 13. The Kobalt Tools 500, a race in which fans have come to expect heavy championship implications, also starts at 1 p.m. locally and will be televised nationally on ESPN. NASCAR will conclude its season the following week at Homestead Miami Speedway in Florida.(PIR)(8-10-2010)

  • Fall Phoenix Race to be Kobalt Tools 500: Phoenix International Raceway announced that Lowe's and Kobalt Tools have joined the track's team of corporate partners. As part of this new relationship, Kobalt will act as the official title sponsor for the track's November 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event: The Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Although this is Lowe's first time sponsoring a Phoenix race, it has been supporting the Phoenix community for years. Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) have given more than $2 million in donations to education and community improvement projects in Arizona. Most recently, the LCEF gave a $50,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix to renovate its teen center.(PIR)(4-10-2010)

  • Arizona Governor named Honorary Pace Car Driver: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has been selected as the Honorary Pace Car Driver and will lead the 43-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field to the green flag to begin the Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 10. As the Honorary Pace Car Driver, Brewer will be a part of pre-race ceremonies, including driver introductions at the start/finish line. Once the starting command has been given, Brewer will lead the Sprint Cup field onto PIR's 1-mile oval for pace laps prior to the start of the Subway Fresh Fit 600. Brewer officially accepted the position and a ceremonial key to the Arizona flag-branded Chevy Camaro from four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon in a ceremony at the State Capitol on March 1. Tickets for the April 10 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600 and all other events throughout the first NASCAR event weekend of 2010 at Phoenix International Raceway are still available at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(4-8-2010)

  • CRAVE potato chips debuting at Phoenix: CRAVE Potato Chips, the official potato chip of Phoenix International Raceway, will make its debut April 8-10 at the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600 NASCAR event weekend. The new line of potato chips is the creation of former All-Pro linebacker and Arizona Cardinals player Jamir Miller, now CEO and Founder of Sack Time Snacks, Inc., based in Scottsdale, Ariz. CRAVE Chips will be available for race fans to sample on race weekend at PIR before hitting supermarkets.(PIR)(4-7-2010)

  • Laila Ali named Grand Marshal for Subway Fresh Fit 600: Undefeated professional boxer, entertainer, and Subway national spokesperson Laila Ali has been named the Grand Marshal for the Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 10. Ali is a spokesperson for the Subway Fresh Fit for Kids campaign. The movement is designed to encourage children to lead an active, healthy lifestyle by getting the proper amount of exercise and fueling them with healthier Subway meal options. The daughter of all-time boxing great Muhammad Ali will work in conjunction with Sperber in welcoming fans, drivers, and teams to Phoenix for the first official night race of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. In addition, Ali will say the most famous words in racing, giving the command of: "Gentlemen, start your engines!" As one of the era's most recognized female fighters and a past IBA, WIBA, and IBWF Super Middleweight champion, Ali holds a career record of 24-0, with 21 wins by knockout - a stretch of unmatched ring success dating back to 1999. Tickets for the April NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available now by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or visiting www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR)(4-6-2010)

  • Tickets Remain for SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600: The thrill of NASCAR action at Phoenix International Raceway is just two weeks away, and tickets are available for each night of racing in the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600 event weekend. Seats remain for grandstand areas and can be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223). For added convenience, the Phoenix International Raceway Ticket Office will be open seven days a week leading up to the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600" event weekend, giving race fans more time to buy tickets in person in the days before the green flag. The PIR Ticket Office will open for special hours on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28, and again on Saturday, April 3 and Sunday, April 4 (Easter Sunday), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Additionally, the PIR Ticket Office will remain open on Good Friday - Friday, April 2 - for normal business hours. Normal weekday ticket office hours leading up to the event are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for 2010 at Phoenix International Raceway can also be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(Phoenix International Raceway)(3-28-2010)

  • Phoenix spring race to be longer UPDATE: The Sprint Cup event on April 10 at Phoenix International Raceway will go an additional 63 laps and miles on the one-mile oval, up from 312, The new distance will be 375 laps/miles, the longest race since PIR began hosting NASCAR in 1988. PIR measures its Cup races in kilometers, so it will be just over 603 kilometers, up from the previous 500 km. Official announcement of what will now be known as the Subway Fresh Fit 600 is expected this week. Ticket prices, which start at $25, will not increase. PIR's move is a direct result of NASCAR's switch to earlier starting times this season, reacting to a suggestion made by its national fan council and an attempt to boost TV ratings. PIR's green flag is scheduled for 4:30 pm/local, one hour earlier than last year. About two-thirds of what typically was a three-hour event ran at night, which was popular with spectators. That ratio would have been reversed without adding laps since sunset occurs just before 7:00 pm. PIR remains the first official night race on the Cup schedule. PIR's second NASCAR race, the Nov. 14 Chase for the Sprint Cup semifinal, will remain 500 kilometers but have a new title sponsor.(Arizona Republic), Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts was sthe sponsor of the fall race in 2009 and for years before.(1-12-2010)
    UPDATE: It will be a whole new race on April 10 when NASCAR visits Phoenix International Raceway for the first evening event of the season - new distance, new pit-stop schedules, new fuel cycles, and a new name. The brand new SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600 will be the longest Sprint Cup event in track history, featuring 63 more laps (100k) of high-octane action at the same affordable cost that NASCAR fans have come to enjoy in the Valley of the Sun. The addition of 63 laps ensures that PIR's April race maintains its spot as the first official night race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season again in 2010. For consistency, NASCAR moved to standard race start times in 2010 and PIR's extra laps will make certain that the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600 - which starts at 4:30 p.m. locally - will run well into the night under the desert sky. As mentioned, the 375-lap April 10 race under bright Saturday night lights will be the longest scheduled Sprint Cup event in track history, as each of Phoenix International Raceway's 27 Sprint Cup races dating back to 1988 were originally slated for 500k (312 laps) from green flag to checkered flag. PIR's November NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will maintain its distance of 312 laps - approximately 500 kilometers. To help celebrate this exciting new development in Phoenix International Raceway's rich NASCAR history, fans will have the opportunity to turn the first 600 laps of the new season at PIR on Saturday, March 27 - just five short weeks before the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600. How to participate? Just be one of the first 100 people to call 1-866-408-RACE (7223) and purchase a grandstand ticket to the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600 using the code-phrase "600 Under the Lights" and you can be one of 100 lucky fans to drive six laps on PIR's one-mile oval. Fans that call in after the first 100, as well as those who have already purchased their tickets, will also have the opportunity to drive the track at PIR. For more details, please visit www.phoenixraceway.com/600underthelights. Tickets for the April 10 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600" - with prices as low as $25 - and all other events throughout the first NASCAR event weekend of 2010 at Phoenix International Raceway are still available at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(1-13-2010)

2009 News

  • WWE Hall of Famer named Honorary Race Official at PIR: Sgt. Slaughter, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) legend and the former United States Marine who earned his famous ring name during service to his country, has been named an Honorary Race Official for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix International Raceway. The WWE Hall of Famer will attend the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 as part of a promotional partnership between Phoenix International Raceway and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) for WrestleMania XXVI, which will be held in Arizona in March 2010. Sgt. Slaughter will appear on the pre-race ceremonies stage with PIR President Bryan R. Sperber to welcome NASCAR fans, drivers, and teams to the Valley of the Sun for the Semi-Final Showdown in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. In addition to his time on the pre-race stage, Slaughter will act as the honorary pace car driver before Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Able Body Labor 200. Tickets for the November NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix can be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(11-13-2009)

  • Tyrese Gibson to perform national anthem at PIR Cup race: Actor, model, and R&B star Tyrese Gibson will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, November 15. Tyrese will replace Brian McKnight, who was previously scheduled for the performance, but had a last-minute scheduling conflict. In 1994, Tyrese Gibson's star was born when he was featured in a memorable Coca-Cola commercial. Riding the heat of the commercial, Tyrese landed guest appearances on the hit TV shows "Martin" and "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper," and became the face of Tommy Hilfiger at the age of 17. He signed a record deal with RCA Records and completed his first self-titled debut album in 1998, which featured the smash hit "Sweet Lady." His platinum-selling debut earned him a Grammy nomination and the American Music Award for "Best New Artist." Over the summer, Tyrese starred in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which brought back all of the key elements from the first film, including director Michael Bay and producer Steven Spielberg. In 2010, Tyrese can be seen in "Legion," a Sony Screen Gems horror film co-starring Dennis Quaid. For tickets to the November NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway - with prices as low as $25 for Sunday's Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 - can be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(11-11-2009)

  • Sen. McCain named Grand Marshal at Phoenix: Arizona Senator John McCain will act as the Grand Marshal for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, November 15. The role will mark a return to Phoenix International Raceway for the Grand Canyon State's senior senator, who also appeared as Grand Marshal before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track in April 2006. As Grand Marshal, McCain will appear on the pre-race ceremonies stage with Phoenix International Raceway president Bryan R. Sperber to welcome NASCAR fans, drivers, and teams to the Valley of the Sun for the Semi-Final Showdown in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Following driver introductions, McCain will deliver the familiar "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!" command to the 43 starters in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field. Tickets for the November NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway - with prices as low as $25 - can be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(Phoenix Raceway PR)(10-30-3009)

  • Seats remain for Phoenix Sprint Cup race: The thrill of NASCAR action at Phoenix International Raceway is just three weeks away, and tickets are available for each night of racing in the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil event weekend. Great seats remain for select grandstand areas and can be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223). For added convenience, the Phoenix International Raceway Ticket Office will be open seven days a week leading up to the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil event weekend, giving race fans more time to buy tickets in person in the days before the green flag. The PIR Ticket Office will open for special hours on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1, and again on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Normal weekday ticket office hours in the weeks leading up to the event are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.(Phoenix International Raceway)(10-24-2009)

  • Phoenix teams with Richard Petty to create kart track: Phoenix International Raceway has teamed up with the legendary Richard Petty on a joint venture to create the first-ever high performance kart track within a NASCAR facility. This experiential innovation will put race fans behind the wheel and into the action at the brand new Richard Petty Raceway - located on PIR's Midway - beginning this November for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 weekend. The 1/16th-mile Richard Petty Raceway will be located just inside Gate 4 at PIR, providing fans the chance to test their racing mettle for just $20 a session. The permanent one-of-a-kind venue will allow first-hand entertainment for fans 16 and older. The raceway's structure will include a pit and garage area, as well as grandstand seating where each driver's "fans" can gather and show support - just as they would for the Chase for the Sprint Cup competitors on PIR's one-mile oval. Each race at Richard Petty Raceway can include five competitors. At 20 feet wide and featuring a flagman's tower, tire barriers, and a layout quite similar to that of the main Phoenix International Raceway oval, Richard Petty Raceway is designed to give NASCAR fans yet another exciting racing surface - with the added thrill of participation in 9hp high-performance karts, provided by Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE). Competitors will put on firesuits and helmets and receive detailed instruction from RPDE professionals prior to racing.(PIR PR)(9-29-2009)

  • Texas and Phoenix swap Spring race dates:Texas Motor Speedway will have a slight shift in its 2010 NASCAR schedule as the Samsung 500 race week will be run April 15-18, moving the Sprint Cup Series race from the seventh to the eighth event of the season as a result of a date swap with Phoenix International Raceway.TMS officials agreed to the move to accommodate NASCAR and network television partner, FOX, because the Samsung 500 on its traditional April date would have been pitted directly against the final round of the The Masters on television. Phoenix transitions into that slot without a conflict since it will play host to a Saturday evening race.(Texas Motor Speedway PR)(8-27-2009)

  • Phoenix offers $25 Reserved seats for November Cup race: Phoenix International Raceway is offering a $25 reserved seat to fans for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil on November 15 - an unprecedented value to watch the semifinal race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. Beyond the hard-charging Sprint Cup action of the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, fans can secure three full nights of NASCAR action for a mere $47 by purchasing the NASCAR Extreme Value Ticket Package. PIR is offering a $15 reserved seat to its Nationwide Series race on Saturday, November 14 and a $7 reserved seat for the Lucas Oil 150 in the Camping World Truck Series on Friday, November 13. PIR kicks off the November race weekend with grassroots USAC racing as part of the famed Copper World Classic on Thursday, November 12. Tickets for the November NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available now by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or visiting www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR)(7-13-2009)

  • New emergency texting available to race patrons: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 motorsports facilities. The service was introduced last weekend during the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway. The system allows fans to communicate with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed inside the facility. The technology was tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November during the final weekend of the NASCAR season. Instructions will be posted throughout each racetrack and will be broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Besides Darlington and Homestead-Miami, ISC owns and/or operates Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas, Phoenix, Chicago, Martinsville and Watkins Glen. The Fan Text Messaging Service is also being used by several professional and college teams, as well as at events such as the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship and World Baseball Classic.(Associated Press)(5-14-2009)

  • Phoenix & Coca-Cola Enhance Recycling for race weekend: Phoenix International Raceway will continue its long-standing recycling program for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend April 16-18, taking the program to new levels with an enhanced effort in collaboration with Coca-Cola Recycling. PIR will get an early start celebrating Earth Day (April 22) during the upcoming NASCAR weekend in the Valley of the Sun by accepting all recyclable materials from race fans and campers, including glass, plastic, aluminum, paper, and cardboard. Each campsite in reserved and infield areas will receive a recycling bag upon move-in and - once filled with recyclable materials - Coca-Cola Recycling will pick up those bags daily and replace them. Recyclables will also be collected in suites, grandstands, fan and corporate hospitality areas, the media center, on the fan Midway, and within the infield. With the help of Coca-Cola Recycling, PIR's recycling initiative includes almost 1000 recycling barrels around the grounds. Material collected at the track will be picked up by Environmental Events Management Group (EEMG), a California-based event cleaning and recycling company.(PIR PR)(4-16-2009)

  • Arizona Governor Proclaims PIR "Zoomtown USA": Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has officially declared Phoenix International Raceway as "Zoomtown U.S.A." for the NASCAR event weekend of April 16-18. The NASCAR event weekend at "Zoomtown U.S.A." will be highlighted by the first official night race of the 2009 Sprint Cup Series season, the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500" on Saturday, April 18. In an official proclamation dated April 3, 2009 from the Office of the Governor, Brewer made mention of the rich tradition of NASCAR racing within the Valley of the Sun and the State of Arizona, celebrated NASCAR and Phoenix International Raceway's impact on Arizona's economy, and gave an advance welcome to several hundred thousand guests and millions of television viewers who will witness the thrilling NASCAR action at "Zoomtown U.S.A." this month.(PIR PR)(4-14-2009)

  • Park 'n Ride Program Available at Phoenix Phoenix International Raceway is encouraging race fans to make their trip to the track a smooth one on Saturday, April 18. Following its success for previous PIR events, the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Park 'N Ride will be available for fans to make an easy trip to the feature event of the track's April NASCAR event weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500. After much success in recent years, the Park 'N Ride program returns to Cricket Pavilion, located just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue (Exit 135). All NASCAR fans heading to PIR are welcome to enter at the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on Pavilion grounds, from where shuttle bus service from First Student Charter of Phoenix will be provided to the Gate 7 area at the track. Parking and shuttle services to PIR will total just $7 per car. With the green flag dropping on the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at 5:30 p.m., "Park 'N Ride" services will be available for 12 hours - from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. - on Saturday, giving all NASCAR fans an easy way both to and from the track, before and after the race.(Phoenix Raceway PR)(4-12-2009)

  • Kate and Kacey Coppola to perform national anthem at Phoenix: Big Machine Records recording artists Kate and Kacey Coppola will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 18. Now residents of Nashville after a shared childhood in Denver, the identical twins first charmed country music listeners with their fresh harmonies and engaging spirit by reaching the semi-final round on CMT's reality contest, "Can You Duet?" Named as artists "to watch in 2009" by Country Weekly and featured in People Magazine's Country Special, Kate and Kacey will tour with country superstar Kenny Chesney for 11 shows this summer. Also gifted songwriters, Kate and Kacey - with Jamey Johnson - wrote the single "House with No Doors" for George Strait's latest album, Troubador.(PIR PR)(4-11-2009)

  • Phoenix International Raceway unveils new website: With the green flag of its Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR event weekend on the horizon, Phoenix International Raceway launched this week its newly-designed home on the Web at www.phoenixraceway.com. Phoenix International Raceway's fresh look online features an emphasis on sharp, sweeping imagery and enhanced distribution of key information for NASCAR fans. A wide range of elements featuring the true NASCAR experience at Phoenix International Raceway will allow viewers to immerse themselves in all things NASCAR throughout the year, at or away from the track. The new PhoenixRaceway.com is part of a redesign initiative by all International Speedway Corporation tracks with the intent of providing the latest and best in cutting-edge online technology.(Phoenix Raceway PR)(4-10-2009)

  • New Menu at Phoenix: NASCAR fans at Phoenix International Raceway can now order items reflective of their favorite on-air personalities from SPEED, with menu offerings created by on-air stalwarts such as Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace and Larry MacReynolds available from SPEED Cantina's brand new menu. The new food selections will make their debut during the Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend, scheduled for April 16-18, and will represent 11 members of the NASCAR on SPEED on-air talent roster. Split into sections celebrating two of NASCAR on SPEED's top weekly programs, the menu features lists of "Trackside Appetizers" and "Raceday Entrées," leaving NASCAR fans able to make an appetizing selection based on both their preferred taste and favorite television personality. Fans at SPEED Cantina can prepare their palate with an appetizing array of Jimmy Spencer's Na-cho Average Salad or John Roberts Jalapeño Poppers, and truly fulfill their hunger with a Hermanator Hot Dog - in honor of Kenny "Herman" Wallace - or an order of Larry Mac Tacos. Those in the mood for chicken wings have two options: bone-in Michael Waltrip Wings, or Wendy Wings, the boneless variety celebrating intrepid SPEED reporter Wendy Venturini. Rutledge Rings and Hermie Chips and Salsa pay homage to the zany SPEED duo of Wood and Sadler, respectively, and fans can also purchase entrées like a Steve Byrnes Burrito, a Krista Voda Chicken Wrap, or a Jeff Hammond Hamburger. Tickets for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available now by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or visiting www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(4-8-2009)

  • Arizona Attorney General named PIR honorary race official: Arizona Attorney General Samuel "Terry" Goddard has been selected as an Honorary Race Official for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 18, PIR President Bryan R. Sperber announced. As an Honorary Race Official, Goddard will participate in pre-race ceremonies for the first official night race of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Goodard will welcome the drivers of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to Phoenix International Raceway on behalf of the State of Arizona at the start/finish line, just before the fifth running of the annual spring Sprint Cup Series event at Phoenix International Raceway. Tickets for the April 18 Subway Fresh Fit 500 and all other events throughout the NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are still available at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR PR)(4-6-2009)

  • Michael Strahan named grand marshal of Phoenix Cup race: Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan - who holds the NFL's record for most sacks in a single season - has been named Grand Marshal for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 18. Strahan, a Subway national spokesperson and a NFL analyst for FOX will utter the most famous words in racing, giving the command of: "Gentlemen, start your engines!"
    "I really appreciate the opportunity to be part of such an exciting event with my friends at Subway," said Strahan. "My old team won the big game in Phoenix back in 2008, so I am happy to be headed back to the desert for another great experience. I look forward to cheering on my new Subway teammate, Carl Edwards, at the Subway Fresh Fit 500." Tickets for the April NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available now by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or visiting www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR)(4-4-2009)

  • Phoenix to offer "Hot Laps for the Troops": To benefit Phoenix International Raceway's annual Salute to Military Families program just prior to the events of the April NASCAR weekend, the track is offering race enthusiasts the chance to visit PIR for a high-speed ride around the track at $50 per person, with the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. The annual promotion, Hot Laps for the Troops, will take place on Wednesday, April 15 and Saturday, April 18. All proceeds from "Hot Laps for the Troops" will benefit the Salute to Military Families program, helping to provide tickets and race day entertainment for the many men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Without the military's support and commitment to the liberty and freedom of the American population, the entertainment of NASCAR racing at PIR and venues across the country would not be possible. Tickets are currently available online at phoenixraceway.com, by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223), or by visiting the Gate 3 ticket office at the track (for Saturday session laps only). To pay additional honor to the many current and past members of the American military forces, PIR has unveiled a limited edition "Stars and Stripes" logo hat in time for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500, while supplies last. Each special edition hat - navy and embroidered with a red, white, and blue Phoenix International Raceway logo - costs $30 and can be purchased online at www.phoenixraceway.com/starsandstripes or during the event weekend at PIR souvenir locations or the PIR Midway display. In addition, the Stars and Stripes hat will serve as the "Official Uniform Hat" at PIR for the event weekend. To top the American celebration off, one lucky fan wearing the Stars and Stripes hat will be spotted by a PIR representative and given the opportunity to ride in the patriotic-themed Phoenix International Raceway pace car to open the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 on Saturday, April 18. All proceeds from the special edition hat will support the Salute to Military Families program.(PIR PR)(3-27-2009)

  • Hotel Room deal at Phoenix: Race fans visiting the Phoenix-area to watch the Subway Fresh Fit 500 - or locals looking for an engine-revving weekend getaway - can book a hotel room now through the Greater Phoenix CVB's "Spring Stimulus" package starting at just $69 a night. Combine that with a $25 ticket for a reserved seat to NASCAR's first official night race of the Sprint Cup season and PIR patrons will be hard-pressed to find a better deal. Fans may choose from a list of nearly 50 hotel specials offered by the Greater Phoenix CVB through April 30 as part of their Spring Stimulus package. Starting at just $69 per night, and with hotel offerings ranging from luxury resorts to more basic service options, there are accommodations to fit any fan's tastes and budget. Local hotel and restaurant specials offered by the Greater Phoenix CVB can be found online at VisitPhoenix.com/SpringStimulus. Tickets for the April NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available now by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or visiting www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(3-26-2009)

    Daytona & Phoenix decrease grandstand seating: Daytona International Speedway and Phoenix International Speedway have decreased their seating capacity by 9,000 in the last year. Spokesmen for both tracks said the changes were the result of improvements made to certain grandstand sections. Daytona's seating capacity shrank from 168,000 to 159,000, the result of a frontstretch grandstand project that began in August, according to DIS spokesman Andrew Booth. The renovation project replaced lower aluminum seating in the DePalma and Oldfield grandstands (located near Turn 4) as well as the Seagrave, Keech and Lockhart grandstands (located near Turn 1) with chair seats with arm rests.
    Phoenix's capacity shrank from 76,000 to 67,000. The Phoenix changes, according to PIR spokesman Paul Corliss, came from the track's replacing of temporary bleacher limited-view seating on the backstretch with high-end recreational vehicle and hospitality spots. "You'll continue to see us evolve and expand or contract as necessary," ISC spokesman Wes Harris said. "The nice thing is you can do other things that can make a lot of sense." The changes were not announced, but track operator International Speedway Corp.'s annual financial filing lists the capacity for each of its tracks. None of ISC's other tracks had seating capacity that changed by more than 2,000 seats.(SceneDaily)(1-31-2009)

  • Phoenix offers $25 Ticket: Want to see a first-rate concert in the Phoenix area anytime soon? Prepare to shell out at least $25 - several times over. Looking for an old-fashioned night out ... say, dinner and a movie? Again, you'll pay at least $25. Care to park the car at either event? Rarely does such a luxury come cheap - or without cost. With sights firmly set on giving race fans the "best value in NASCAR," Phoenix International Raceway is offering a $25 Sprint Cup Series reserved seat and a $7 Nationwide Series reserved seat for the NASCAR event weekend scheduled for April 16-18. Combine the two and fans can attend the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500", Bashas' Supermarkets 200, and Sprint Cup Series qualifying on Gatorade Pole Day for just $32. Throw in free daily on-site parking with regular tram service - not to mention a wide array of musical entertainment and interactive fun from PIR's Midway - and fans in the Valley of the Sun have one of sports and entertainment's best deals at their fingertips. Tickets for the April NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available now by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or visiting www.phoenixraceway.com.(1-26-2009)

2008 News

  • PIR denies losing a race date: Phoenix International Raceway president Bryan R. Sperber and a NASCAR spokesman discounted a report this week in a Kansas City newspaper that said PIR's Subway Fresh Fit 500 could shift to Kansas Speedway in 2010 or 2011.(East Valley Tribune)(11-8-2008)

  • Some tix still available at PIR: There are reserved grandstand tickets remaining for Sunday's Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, and there is plenty of hillside general admission seating. Phoenix International Raceway president Bryan R. Sperber expects a near-sellout.(East Valley Tribune)(11-8-2008)

  • PIR Park and Ride Program Returns: Phoenix International Raceway is encouraging race fans to make their trip to the track a smooth one on Sunday, November 9. Following its success for previous PIR events, the "Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts Park 'N Ride" will be available for fans to make an easy trip to the feature event of the track's November NASCAR event weekend, the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil. After much success in recent years, the Park 'N Ride program returns to Cricket Pavilion, located just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue. All NASCAR fans heading to PIR are welcome to enter at the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on Pavilion grounds, from where shuttle bus service from First Student Charter (formerly Laidlaw Transportation) of Phoenix will be provided to the Gate 7 area at the track. Parking and shuttle services to PIR will total just $7 per car. With the green flag dropping on the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at 1:45 p.m., "Park 'N Ride" services will be available for 12 hours - from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. - on Sunday, giving all NASCAR fans an easy way both to and from the track, before and after the race. Guests with PIR-issued parking passes can "Park 'N Ride" at no charge. Shuttle buses will escort guests to PIR via preferential traffic routes, offering guests an earlier arrival to the facility. Tickets to the Semi-Final Race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and all other events throughout the November NASCAR event weekend at PIR can be purchased online at www.phoenixraceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR PR)(11-2-2008)

  • PIR to celebrate Veterans Day with Special Edition hat: NASCAR fans at Phoenix International Raceway this November will have a chance to exhibit their American spirit, win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and look good while doing so. To celebrate the upcoming Veterans Day weekend and to pay honor to the many current and past members of the American military forces, PIR has unveiled a limited edition "Stars and Stripes" logo hat in time for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil weekend and into the 2009 season, while supplies last. Each special edition hat - navy and embroidered with a red, white, and blue Phoenix International Raceway logo - costs $30 and can be purchased at PIR souvenir locations, the PIR Midway display, or at the Bashas' Supermarkets on-site store located just west of the track on facility property. In addition, the Stars and Stripes hat will serve as the "Official Uniform Hat" at PIR for the event weekend. All proceeds from the special edition hat will support the track's Salute to Military Families program for the April 2009 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500, providing members of the military and their families the ultimate experience of attending a NASCAR event at PIR. To top the American celebration off, one guest wearing the Stars and Stripes hat will be spotted by a PIR representative and given the opportunity to ride in the patriotically-themed Phoenix International Raceway pace car to open the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday, November 9. Tickets for the events of the November NASCAR event weekend at PIR can be purchased online at www.phoenixraceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(10-31-2008)

  • Candlebox to perform before Phoenix race: Known for explosive live shows, past and current Billboard-rated singles - including 1990s mainstays such as "You" and "Far Behind" - and powered by the momentum of their first new album in 10 years, Seattle alternative rock band Candlebox will perform on Phoenix International Raceway's Midway stage at 11:30am on November 9, just hours before the green flag drops on the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil. In addition to the concert, Candlebox lead singer Kevin Martin will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the start of NASCAR's Semi-Final Race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Tickets to see Candlebox perform at PIR and to experience all of the racing action throughout the November NASCAR event weekend at PIR can be purchased online at www.phoenixraceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR PR)(10-30-2008)

  • Pedestrian, driver ID'd in fatal accident at PIR: The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is investigating how a suspected drunken driver fatally struck a 39-year-old Milwaukee woman Friday outside Phoenix International Raceway. According to the Sheriff's Office, Heidi McCallister was crossing Avondale Boulevard south of Southern Avenue on foot with her boyfriend about 9:36 p.m. when a northbound 2007 Chevy pickup truck struck her. McCallister was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, where she died. Deputies arrested Michael William Nagle, 48, of Phoenix, on suspicion of DUI. No other citation was issued because the woman was crossing mid-block, said Capt. Paul Chagolla, a Sheriff's Office spokesman. NASCAR races were held Thursday through Saturday at PIR in Avondale. A DUI patrol working in the city on Saturday arrested 11 people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Avondale police said the West Valley DUI Task Force arrested eight people on suspicion of DUI. Three were arrested for extreme DUI, or having a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.15 percent.(Arizona Republic)(4-15-2008)

  • Kurt Busch to give lessons to Sammy Hagar: Kurt Busch will take on the role of teacher Friday at PIR, as he will provide driving instructions to American rock legend Sammy Hagar before Hagar drives the honorary PIR pace car Friday, April 11 at Phoenix International Raceway, before the Nationwide Series Bashas' Supermarkets 200. Busch and Hagar will meet in PIR's Gatorade Victory Lane at 4:30pm on Friday for a photo opportunity and a short lesson. Hagar will also act as an honorary race official before the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup Series race, set to run under PIR's bright lights at 5:30pm on Saturday, April 12. He will then perform a duty unprecedented for those who are not NASCAR officials: Hagar will wave the checkered flag over the winner at the conclusion of the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500.(PIR)(4-11-2008)

  • Emerson Drive to perform National Anthem at Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber has announced that the award-winning country music ensemble Emerson Drive will sing the national anthem prior to the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup Series race at PIR on Saturday, April 12. Emerson Drive will also perform for PIR fans before the pre-race ceremonies, taking the PIR Midway Stage at 3:00pm. Chart-topping country artist Jimmy Wayne will perform the national anthem before Friday night's Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Nationwide Series race. Tickets for the April 12 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 and all other events throughout the weekend at PIR are still available by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(4-10-2008)

  • Governor Proclaims April 6-12 "NASCAR Week" in Arizona: Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano has officially declared the week of April 6-12 "NASCAR Week" in the State of Arizona. NASCAR Week will culminate on Saturday, April 12, with the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. In an official proclamation dated March 18, 2008 from the Office of the Governor, Napolitano lauded NASCAR and Phoenix International Raceway's impact on Arizona's economy, and made mention of the more than eight million viewers who will watch NASCAR racing from Arizona on television throughout the spring event weekend.
    The proclamation is as follows:
    WHEREAS, Arizona is one of only 11 states to host two weekends annually of the prestigious NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and its 36-race schedule; and
    WHEREAS, with its two NASCAR weekends, Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) generates more than $450 million in economic impact for Arizona annually; and
    WHEREAS, more than 8 million viewers will be tuned in from across the country to take in stunning Arizona sunsets from Phoenix International Raceway during the upcoming April NASCAR race weekend at PIR; and
    WHEREAS, Phoenix International Raceway will be celebrating its 20th season of NASCAR races in Arizona, dating back to 1988; and
    WHEREAS, legends of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, including Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Tony Stewart, have visited Victory Lane at Phoenix International Raceway; and
    WHEREAS, NASCAR Week in Arizona will culminate with Phoenix International Raceway hosting its fourth installment of racing under the lights with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Saturday, April 12, 2008;
    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Janet Napolitano, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim April 6-12, 2008 as
    * NASCAR WEEK *
    Tickets for the April 12 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 and all other events throughout "NASCAR Week" at PIR are still available by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223)(PIR)(4-4-2008)

  • Jimmie Johnson Foundation Partners with PIR for Camping World Series West Race: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan Sperber announced a partnership with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation for the April 10 NASCAR Camping World Series West race at PIR, to be named the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation joins Phoenix International Raceway as the final piece to the track's opening weekend of the 2008 season. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150 is scheduled as the first of three races during the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500(tm) event weekend, with the green flag dropping under PIR's bright lights at 7:15 p.m. on April 10. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation is dedicated to assisting children, families and communities in need. The foundation's partner programs include: American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Hendrick Marrow Program, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and Victory Junction Gang Camp. The two-time reigning Sprint Cup champion also will participate in pre-race ceremonies, and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation will host a special reception during the race in one of PIR's luxury suites. Tickets for the reception have been donated to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation's partner program organizations as well as PIR's charitable partner, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix. General race tickets for the April 10 Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150 and all other events throughout the NASCAR event weekend at PIR are available by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(4-3-2008)

  • Phoenix offering "Hot Laps for the Troops": To benefit Phoenix International Raceway's annual "Salute to Military Families" program just prior to the events of the April NASCAR weekend, the track is offering race enthusiasts the chance to visit PIR and ride around the track for one hot lap at $50 per person, with the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. The promotion, "Hot Laps for the Troops," will take place on Wednesday, April 9. All proceeds from "Hot Laps for the Troops" will benefit the Salute to Military Families program, helping to provide tickets and race day entertainment for the many men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Without the military's support and commitment to the liberty and freedom of the American population, the entertainment of NASCAR racing at PIR and venues across the country would not be possible. "Hot Laps for the Troops" is scheduled for three sessions on April 9: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Prize giveaways are scheduled for each session. Tickets are currently available as a print-at-home option via the "Hot Laps for the Troops" tab at www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(3-22-2008)

  • Phoenix Supports Military Families in 2008: Phoenix International Raceway will again partner with Arizona military bases in 2008 to honor America's loyal servicemen and servicewomen in a way only NASCAR can, with the third consecutive Salute to Military Families program. Through the program, Salute to Military Families sponsors Sprint and TriWest are the leaders of a number of businesses partnering with PIR to provide Subway Fresh Fit 500 tickets to military members and their families. The program's objective is to give the nation's service personnel the chance to be honored and enjoy a day at the races, all in the exciting atmosphere of the Sprint Cup Series. In conjunction with the 2008 Salute to Military Families program, several major events are scheduled at nearby military bases for locally enlisted men and women in advance of the Subway Fresh Fit 500. PIR, Sprint, and TriWest will host a race-watching party at the Arizona Army National Guard Papago Park Installation on Sunday, April 6, and Sprint Cup Series driver and Glendale native Michael McDowell will visit Luke Air Force Base on Wednesday, April 9. Both events will be open to media, with exact times and further information on the events to be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to the on-base events, PIR is adding a unique twist in the program's third year. A commemorative green flag featuring the Salute to Military Families logo will be sent overseas this week to the 447th Air Expeditionary Group of the United States Air Force in Baghdad, where it will fly on base for a day before being sent back to Phoenix to serve as the official green flag that will wave over the field of 43 Sprint Cup Series cars to start the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Meanwhile, a similar "sister" flag will travel with PIR representatives to Arizona bases before also being delivered to the Saturday, April 12 race.(PIR PR)(3-20-2008)

  • NASCAR asks PIR to improve wall: NASCAR has asked International Speedway Corporation to come up with a plan to improve the inside retaining wall on the frontstretch after an accident Friday night during the Casino Arizona 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. Andy Lally's truck smashed into the wall, virtually breaking it in half, leaving concrete pieces on the track but the rebar remained in tact. The race was stopped for 16 minutes as NASCAR put a temporary barrier behind the wall for the rest of the race. Track workers then welded steel plates into the back of the wall before Nextel Cup practice today. "We've talked to ISC about the wall and about looking into improving or replacing it if necessary," said NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston, who did not put a timetable on the possible improvements. "We don't like to see walls break." Lally suffered no broken bones in the accident, but did suffer a big gash in his left arm, which required stitches. It is not clear what caused the gash.(SceneDaily.com)(11-11-2007)
    UPDATE: PIR track workers temporarily fixed the concrete wall on the inside of Turn 4 that was damaged during Friday's Craftsman Truck Series races. The track crew worked throughout the night to install metal braces on the cracked wall, which was severely damaged during a three-car accident that sent Andy Lally's truck hard into the barrier.(East Valley Tribune)(11-11-2007)

  • PIR announces sell out for Cup race: Phoenix International Raceway president Bryan R. Sperber announced that all grandstand tickets for Sunday's Nextel Cup Series Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil have sold out. "Sunday's sellout of the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil is a testament to the way NASCAR fans from the Valley of the Sun and our region as a whole support our sport," said Sperber. "With our semifinal race in the Chase for the Nextel Cup unfolding in front of a capacity crowd, the atmosphere at PIR on Sunday promises to be electric." Tickets are available for the opening weekend of the 2008 season at PIR - from Thursday, April 10 to Saturday, April 12 - by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR PR)(11-11-2007)

  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio to guide Checker Auto Parts 500 field: Known nationwide as "America's Toughest Sheriff," Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will serve as the Honorary Pace Car Driver and pilot one of the Chevrolet Impalas that will lead the Nextel Cup Series field toward the green flag before the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil on Sunday, November 11 at Phoenix International Raceway. As the Honorary Pace Car Driver, Arpaio will be a part of pre-race ceremonies, including driver introductions at the start/finish line. Once the starting command has been given, Arpaio will lead the field of 43 cars onto PIR's 1-mile oval for pace laps prior to the start of the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil, which is the Semi-Final Showdown in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. Elected in 1992, Arpaio is currently serving his fourth term as Sheriff in the fourth-largest Sheriff's office in the nation. Throughout his 15-year term, Arpaio has consistently received high public approval ratings, a result of the combination of his unique methods of justice and an unwavering commitment to the safety of the largest county in America. Arpaio and his hard-hitting law enforcement techniques have been featured in well over 2000 newspapers, magazines, and television programs stateside and overseas. At PIR, he will be featured again to a nationwide audience, enforcing a standard speed to the field of 43 cars before the green flag waves on the running of the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil. Get your NASCAR tickets today: Call 1-866-408-RACE (7223)(PIR PR)(11-6-2007)

  • 2008 Phoenix Tix packs on sale: NASCAR Ticket Packs for the 2008 NASCAR season at Phoenix International Raceway went on sale Saturday, August 18. The 2008 NASCAR Ticket Pack will include two weekends in the 2008 Sprint Cup Series season, featuring the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 - at night under PIR's bright lights - and the Semi-Final Showdown in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil. Race dates will be confirmed at a later date. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223). The PIR Ticket Office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 125 S. Avondale Blvd., just south of I-10 at Exit 131 in Avondale. Also going on sale were single tickets for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup Series race and the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Busch Series race in April, as well as 2-Race Ticket Packages - including the same great seat for both the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 and the Bashas' Supermarkets 200.(PIR PR), per thier site, the April Cup race is April 12, 2008.(8-19-2007)

  • PIR in search of service groups for event weekend work: After donating nearly $250,000 to local service groups following the NASCAR event weekend in April, Phoenix International Raceway is currently searching for community service groups from all around Arizona to work and raise funds at the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil event weekend scheduled to take place November 8-11, 2007. Positions are limited, so group leaders looking for a way to serve at one of Arizona's fastest and largest sporting events - while meeting new people and raising funds for their organization - are encouraged to act today. Groups should consist of 10 to 40 members, and diligent workers are needed to fill many event weekend spots in guest services and sales around PIR, including:
    -Ticket takers
    -Grandstand ushers
    -Information booth ambassadors
    -Tram drivers
    -Tram and tram stop ambassadors
    -Food concessionaires
    -Merchandise sales
    All groups should be of non-profit status while maintaining a valid tax ID number. To be eligible, all workers in the group must be at least 18 years of age. Workers are needed for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Those interested in working opportunities and who wish to discuss PIR's service program further can contact Gary Weir, Manager of Gate Operations and Guest Services at PIR, at (623) 463-5660.(PIR PR)(8-15-2007)

  • Friday is deadline for 2008 PIR Ticket Packs: NASCAR fans have until this Friday - July 27 - to secure their seat renewals for NASCAR Ticket Packs and Subway Fresh Fit 500 tickets for the 2008 season [No Dates mentioned] at Phoenix International Raceway. Fans with existing tickets looking to return to PIR for the thrilling 21st season of NASCAR action and the first season of the newly-christened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on the one-mile oval can renew their tickets in three easy ways:
    - By visiting PIR online at www.phoenixraceway.com
    - By calling the PIR Ticket Office at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).
    - By sending in a payment by check, money order, or credit card to PIR at 125 S. Avondale Blvd., Suite 200, Avondale, AZ 85323.
    For those loyal customers who renew before the July 27 deadline, PIR is offering a personalized seat relocation option from Saturday, August 4 to Saturday, August 11. Customer service agents will be available by phone at 1-866-408-RACE from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (MST) throughout the week to assist fans in upgrading their seating options. NASCAR Ticket Packs, Subway Fresh Fit 500/Bashas' Supermarkets 200 2-Race Ticket Packages, and Subway Fresh Fit 500 single event tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, August 18. Get your tickets today: Call 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR PR)(7-26-2007)

  • PIR Hires former NFL Exec: Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) announced the hiring of Paul Corliss as Director of Communications and the promotion of Caren Murphy to Director of Consumer Marketing & Partner Activation. Corliss joins PIR after spending five years with the NFL's New Orleans Saints, most recently as Director of Community Affairs & Business Public Relations. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Corliss spearheaded a massive public relations effort for the Saints, including varied outreach platforms in both San Antonio, Texas and Baton Rouge, La. when the Saints' Louisiana Superdome was deemed unplayable for the 2005 NFL season. After leaving the Saints in 2006, Corliss managed public relations for the city of Grapevine, Texas' Convention & Visitors Bureau. Murphy has been with PIR since 2003, most recently serving as Senior Manager of Consumer Marketing. In her new role, she will continue to oversee a department that focuses on the traditional advertising and promotional aspects of the marketing mix, while adding a new dimension focused on creating marketing programs and concepts for both current and prospective PIR partners.(PIR PR)(7-1-2007)

  • PIR Flag to go to Retiring Air Force Colonel: In another connection between Phoenix International Raceway and the United States military, retiring Colonel Kenneth L. Robinson of the United States Air Force will be honored with the flag that flies over PIR during the Subway Fresh Fit 500 upon his retirement from the Air Force on June 1. Robinson is the Commander for the Global Positioning System (GPS) Control Segment Group, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command at Los Angeles Air Force Base in Los Angeles, California. He directs a $3 billion portfolio providing GPS command and control (C2) functions ensuring uninterrupted precision navigation and timing for military and civil users worldwide. Whereas retiring leaders of the military normally request a flag that has been flown over the White House or another national monument, Robinson, ever the enthusiastic race fan, asked for the flag that is being flown over PIR during the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Saturday, April 21. "NASCAR represents everything that is great about our country, and nothing is more American than this," said Col. Robinson. "The men and women of the armed forces are proud to defend the freedoms that we enjoy and our American way of life. I want to thank PIR for this prestigious honor. It will be a highlight at my retirement ceremony." Tickets are now on sale for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend at PIR and can be purchased by calling 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(4-20-2007)

  • Josh Kelley to sing National Anthem at PIR: Phoenix International Raceway announced that singing and songwriting sensation Josh Kelley will sing The Star-Spangled Banner during pre-race ceremonies for the Saturday, April 21 running of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Nextel Cup Series race. Also announced are the Thursday and Friday evening appearances, respectively, of Jordan Leigh and Blessid Union of Souls member Eliot Sloan, as they will each present the national anthem under PIR's bright lights. The appearance at PIR will be Kelley's second, as he sang a soulful rendition of the national anthem prior to the start of the Arizona Travel 200 Busch Series race last November. Sloan is the lead singer of Blessid Union of Souls, the headline group performing on PIR's Midway during the event weekend. Blessid Union of Souls performs at the PIR Stage at 4 p.m. on Friday, just prior to the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Busch Series race. Leigh is no stranger to PIR, having performed the national anthem during last November's Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil weekend. The rising star will kick off the weekend's festivities, performing on Thursday evening before the AlphaTrade.com 150 NASCAR Grand National Division West Series race. Tickets are now on sale for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend at PIR and can be purchased by calling 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(4-19-2007)

  • Virtual Army Experience Deploys at PIR: The Virtual Army Experience is a high-tech, team-based experience that immerses participants in the operational roles of Soldiers in a virtual mission to capture a terrorist leader. In the 20-minute experience, participants receive video briefings and execute the ground component of a raid on a terrorist stronghold. Participants fall-in on six Humvee simulators modeled on vehicles employed by Army Special Forces, and onto two covering positions where they work as a team as they employ light arms and TOW anti-tank missiles to defeat the enemy. Each virtual mission has space for 40 people who are de-briefed by one of the Army's Real Heroes when the mission ends. The Virtual Army Experience was created by the U.S. Army and Ignited Minds and built by SPEVCO, Inc. NASCAR fans will find the Virtual Army Experience deployed at Phoenix International Raceway outside turns one and two, between gates three and four. Virtual Army Experience - Phoenix Hours: Thursday, April 19, 9 a.m.-8:15 p.m.; Friday, April 20, Noon -6:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, Noon - 5:30 p.m. The Virtual Army Experience will deploy at five additional NASCAR weekends this season.(3-GSports PR)(4-18-2007)

  • Rock Legend Eddie Van Halen to Serve as Honorary Race Official at Phoenix: rock superstar Eddie Van Halen will serve as an Honorary Race Official for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Nextel Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 21. As an Honorary Race Official, Van Halen will be part of pre-race activities and will be on the pre-race stage greeting drivers as they are introduced prior to the start of the race. In addition to his duties as an Honorary Race Official, Van Halen will help to unveil a limited edition Fender Stratocaster Guitar as well as a limited edition EVH brand Frankenstein replica guitar at PIR on Friday, April 20. The Fender guitar, with its unique designs, will be presented to the winner of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Saturday, April 21. The one-of-a-kind PIR Fender Stratocaster Guitar was built by Chris Fleming, Senior Master Builder, in Fender's Custom Shop. A 2007 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Eddie Van Halen is the backbone of one of the most well-known rock and roll bands of all time - Van Halen. A legendary rock guitarist, Van Halen and EVH brand guitars, amps and musical products has partnered with the organization for this unique unveiling. "I am honored on behalf of EVH Brand guitars, amps and musical products to be invited to such an exciting and fun event. I feel privileged to be working with such amazing organizations like Phoenix International Raceway, their NASCAR event and Fender." said Van Halen. With countless number one hits, Van Halen is known for hit albums including "1984" and "5150" which combined with others, have sold more than 75 million copies worldwide. Van Halen is also one of five rock groups that have had two separate albums sell more than 10 million copies in the United States. Tickets are now on sale for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend at PIR and can be purchased by calling 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(4-17-2007)

  • MLB Hall of Famer Robin Yount Phoenix Grand Marshal: Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop and center fielder Robin Yount will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Nextel Cup Series race on Saturday, April 21. As Grand Marshal, Yount will give the command for the field of 43 drivers to start their engines under the bright lights at PIR. Yount spent each of his 20 Major League seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. A three-time All-Star, Yount won an American League Gold Glove at shortstop in 1982 and the American League MVP award in 1982 and 1989. In 1999, Yount was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Yount carries local ties as well. From 2002 to 2004, Yount served as the bench coach and first base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tickets are now on sale for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend at PIR and can be purchased by calling 1-866-408-7223. For additional information on the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Weekend, visit phoenixraceway.com or call 623-463-5600.(PIR PR)(4-16-2007)

  • Sheriff Arpaio to drive pace car at Phoenix: Known nationwide as "America's Toughest Sheriff," Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will serve as the Honorary Pace Car Driver and pilot one of the Chevrolet Monte Carlos that will lead the Nextel Cup Series field toward the green flag in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Saturday, April 21 at Phoenix International Raceway. As the Honorary Pace Car Driver, Arpaio will be a part of pre-race ceremonies, including driver introductions at the start/finish line. Once the starting command has been given, Arpaio will lead the field of 43 cars onto PIR's one-mile oval for pace laps prior to the start of the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Rarely do I encourage speeding within Maricopa County but the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at PIR is an exception," said Arpaio. Elected in 1992, Arpaio is currently serving his fourth term as Sheriff in the fourth-largest Sheriff's office in the nation. Throughout his 15-year term, Arpaio has consistently received high public approval ratings, a result of the combination of his unique methods of justice and an unwavering commitment to the safety of the largest county in America.(PIR)(4-13-2007)

  • RV Spots available for Nov. Phoenix race: Starting Friday, April 6, NASCAR fans can call the Phoenix International Raceway Ticket Office at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) to reserve their motorhome spots for NASCAR's Semi-Final Weekend, held November 8-11 at PIR and highlighted by the 20th running of the November NASCAR classic, the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil. Phoenix International Raceway recently extended its ticket office hours to Saturdays, beginning March 31. Weekday ticket office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The PIR Ticket Office will also open for business on Sunday, April 15, again from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Outside reserved RV spots are available at $160 for the week, and unreserved spots can be purchased for just $50. Race tickets can also be purchased by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223)(PIR PR)(4-6-2007)

  • Phoenix Fans encouraged to take easy route to the race track: Phoenix International Raceway will again encourage race fans in 2007 to bypass race traffic and "Park 'N Ride" to the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Nextel Cup Series race on Saturday, April 21. After much success in 2006, the "Park 'N Ride" program returns to Cricket Pavilion, located just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue. All NASCAR fans heading to PIR are welcome to park on Pavilion grounds, from where shuttle services will be provided to the track. Parking and shuttle services to PIR will total just $7 per car. With the green flag dropping on the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at 5:30pm/pt, "Park 'N Ride" services will be available for 12 hours - from noon on Saturday until midnight - giving all fans an easy way both to and from the track, before and after the race. Guests with PIR-issued parking passes can "Park 'N Ride" at no charge. Shuttle buses will escort guests to PIR via preferential traffic routes, offering guests an earlier arrival to the facility. Tickets are now on sale for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend at PIR and can be purchased by calling 602-252-2227 or 866-408-7223. For additional information on the Subway Fit 500 Weekend, visit www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(3-28-2007)

  • Tix on sale for Novemeber events at Phoenix: Tickets for the November 11 Semi-Final Showdown in the Nextel Cup Series, the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix International Raceway, are currently on sale. As always, the Semi-Final Showdown at PIR will provide fans with a breathtaking look at late-season Nextel Cup Series action, but the 2007 version will provide a new twist. A new, expanded Chase for the Nextel Cup field of 12 drivers will battle for the championship this season at PIR, setting the stage for the season finale. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223). Single tickets for November's Busch Series Arizona Travel 200 and the Craftsman Truck Series Casino Arizona 150 are also now available, as are 2-Race Ticket Packages which include the same great seat for both the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil and the Arizona Travel 200.
    NASCAR action heats up when the lights come on for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Weekend at PIR, April 19-21, 2007. The party kicks off under the lights for Thursday's Phoenix 150 NASCAR AutoZone West Series race. Friday night's fiesta is the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Busch Series race. Then, the action reaches its pinnacle when the cars and stars of the Nextel Cup Series take the track for the Subway Fresh Fit 500, the first night race of the 2007 Nextel Cup Season. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 602-252-2227 or 866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(3-3-2007)

  • Lots of Music at PIR: While the high-powered sounds of NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series, Busch Series, and NEXTEL Cup Series will do their part to keep fans at Phoenix International Raceway audibly delighted throughout the weekend, a variety of music will play to fans' senses as well, filling the air and thrilling the crowd before and after each electrifying night of racing in the desert.
    The hit alternative rock band Smash Mouth will hit the Budweiser stage located on the PIR Midway at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, prior to the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil. Known for their top singles "Walkin' On The Sun," "Then The Morning Comes," and "All Star," Smash Mouth's musical diversity ranging from ska and punk to alternative and classic rock has led to numerous top spots on the Billboard charts over the past decade.
    Emerging star Josh Kelley will sing the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies for Saturday's ARIZONA.TRAVEL 200. A native of Augusta, Georgia, Kelley is famous for a musical repertoire that includes songs both pop-driven and soulful. Kelley wrote or co-wrote and produced each track on his recently-released third album, "Just Say The Word."
    Following Saturday night's checkered flag, the band Freebird will take the stage, delivering to fans a powerful night of rock and carrying on the decades-long legend of the Southern rock greats from Lynyrd Skynyrd. The tribute group, replete with authentic instruments, costumes, looks, and sound, fully re-creates the powerful spectacle that swept the music world in the 1970s.
    Kicking off the exciting slate of musical amusement on Friday is an old Motown favorite, the Temptations. Coming from Showstoppers Live, Casino Arizona's musical tribute to America's greatest superstars, the modern-day Temptations cover group will perform the Star-Spangled Banner during pre-race ceremonies for Friday's Casino Arizona 150. Just after the checkered flag flies on Friday night, the PIR After Dark Festival kicks off just behind the grandstands on the PIR Midway. From the Budweiser stage comes the high-energy rock group Dead or Alive, an exact reproduction of the world-famous Bon Jovi. Dead or Alive plays a number of hits past and present, making the show a must-see for rock and roll fans of all ages.
    A pair of local acts will take the Budweiser stage throughout the weekend. EastonAshe, currently based in nearby Cave Creek, will kick off their show at 2 p.m. on Friday. A Phoenix-based quartet, EastonAshe has opened for national acts such as John Waite, Daniel Powter, and the Subdudes. The Chris Parker Project hits the Budweiser stage at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Chris Parker Project is comprised of some of the top professional musicians in Arizona and currently calls Phoenix home. From rock to funk and country to soul, CPP blends the perfect mix of fun, great music. The band has opened for Tears for Fears, The Fixx, and Maroon 5.
    Harry Luge Jr. will also bring an Arizona flavor to the weekend schedule, performing a high-energy country show to captivate all at PIR. A veteran of ten years of writing and performing his own songs, Luge knows Arizona and its music. He will perform at the Casino Arizona Oasis from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.
    Tickets and information can be found at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(Phoenix International Raceway PR)(11-10-2006)

  • Taylor Swift to sing National Anthem for Phoenix Cup race: At just 16 years of age, country music sensation Taylor Swift has accomplished more in her short career than what some artists can accomplish in a lifetime and now she's bringing her talent to the NASCAR stage on Sunday, November 12th where she'll perform the National Anthem LIVE on NBC before an estimated crowd of 100,000 prior to the start of the Checker Auto Parts 500, Nextel Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Checker Auto Parts 500 is the Semi-Final race in the 2006 NASCAR Chase for the Nextel Cup. Get tickets at phoenixraceway.com or by calling, 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(11-8-2006)

  • Honorary Pace Car Driver for Phoenix Cup race: Arizona House Speaker Pro Tempore, Representative Bob Robson will be the Honorary Pace Car Driver and lead the field of 43 cars in next Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. A long-time supporter of NASCAR, Robson has endorsed such resolutions as HR 2004, a resolution in remembrance of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. Robson also played an integral role within the State Legislature to aid PIR in their quest for a second Nextel Cup weekend. "We are thrilled that Representative Bob Robson will join us as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the Checker Auto Parts 500," said Sperber. Leading Arizona's District 20 since November 2000, Robson will use that leadership to lead the NASCAR field in their pace laps around the desert's one-mile oval. In addition to representing his district, he is also Chairman of the House Rules Committee and a Member of the Environment Committee. He has previously served on the House Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and the Judiciary Committee. Get tickets at phoenixraceway.com or by calling, 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(11-8-2006)

  • "Park 'N Ride" at Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway and Checker Auto Parts are encouraging NASCAR fans to by-pass race traffic and "Park 'N Ride" to the Checker Auto Parts 500, Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday, November 12. Shuttle services will be provided from Cricket Pavilion to Phoenix International Raceway starting Sunday morning at 7 a.m. and concluding at 7 p.m. The Checker Auto Parts 500 is scheduled to get the green flag at 1:25 p.m. Located two blocks north of the Interstate-10 on 83rd Avenue, Cricket Pavilion will offer parking for all NASCAR fans. Parking and shuttle services total just $7 per car. Guests with PIR issued parking passes can park and ride for free. Shuttle busses will escort guests to PIR via preferential traffic routes, offering guests an earlier arrival to the facility. Get tickets at phoenixraceway.com or by calling, 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(11-7-2006)

  • PIR Honored with Achievement Award: On Thursday, October 26, Phoenix International Raceway was honored with the John F. Long Lifetime Achievement Award during WESTMARC's 14th Annual "Best of the West Awards." PIR was also the recipient of the Attractions, Destinations and Tourism Award. WESTMARC's annual Best of the West Awards competition recognizes outstanding contributions to image, lifestyle and economic development of Western Maricopa County, that portion of the Metro area west of Interstate 17. The John F. Long Lifetime Achievement Award honors a person, organization or entity that has exemplified outstanding service by contribution to the lifestyle of Western Maricopa County. The John F. Long Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to PIR in recognition of the track's 40-year history in the West Valley; a claim not too many businesses can make. PIR was also recognized for it's commitment to community service highlighted most recently through its "Salute to Military Families" program which highlighted the many achievements of the United States Military and provided race tickets to the many men and women, and their families, of the U.S. Military stationed throughout Arizona. The Attractions, Destinations and Tourism Award was presented to PIR in acknowledgment of the 400,000 fans that visit the facility each year. Race fans and sponsors create an economic surge, not just in Avondale, but across the West Valley, when NASCAR visits Arizona. In 2005, the overall economic impact of PIR to the State of Arizona totaled $473 million. Don't miss out on NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup. NASCAR action heats up the desert November 9 - 12 for the Checker Auto Parts 500 weekend. Get your tickets TODAY at www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(10-28-2006)

  • Avondale Mayor proclaims Oct 24th "Kyle Busch Day": NASCAR Championship Contender Kyle Busch, whose #5 Kelloggs Chevy is covered with sponsor decals, will make a special stop at Avondale City Hall on Tuesday, October 24 at 2:30 p.m. to affix a special decal on Avondale Fire Engine #173. Busch will be touring the Valley on Tuesday in advance of the Checker Auto Parts 500, Nextel Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, November 12. Fire Engine #173 will be the first in Avondale Fire/Rescue's fleet of engines and trucks to bear a specially-designed decal symbolizing the City's close ties to the world renowned race track located in Avondale - Phoenix International Raceway. To wish him good luck in the upcoming race, Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers will proclaim Oct. 24, 2006 as "Kyle Busch Day" in Avondale. She will present the proclamation to him as part of the special ceremony involving Fire Engine #173, at Avondale City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Drive, Avondale, at 2:30pm. Don't miss out on NASCAR's Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. NASCAR action heats up the desert November 9 - 12 for the Checker Auto Parts 500 weekend. Get your tickets TODAY at www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(10-20-2006)

  • PIR names new Mgr of Operations: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced that Brett Adams has joined the organization as Manager of Operations. Starting immediately, Adams will report directly to Lee Baumgarten, Director of Operations. In his role, Adams will oversee the daily operation of the facility, manage track rentals and major events. Prior to joining PIR, Adams served as the Senior Director of Operations at Richmond International Raceway from 2002-2004 and began his career in motorsports as the Director of Facility of Operations at Daytona International Speedway in 2000. Prior to his career in the fast-lane of motorsports, Adams spent five years as the Operations Manager for the PGA (1995-2000). Brett, his wife Kristi and their three children Walker (8), Kelyn (6) and Kara (4) recently relocated to Buckeye from Georgia. Tickets and information for upcoming races can be found at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling, 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(9-30-2006)

  • 2007 Phoenix Tix on sale Aug. 19th: Single-race tickets for the 2007 SUBWAY Fresh 500 Weekend, April 19-21, 2007 at Phoenix International Raceway will go on sale Saturday, August 19. 2007 ticket packages, including NASCAR Ticket Packs and 2-Race Ticket Packages will also go on sale August 19. Tickets are available at the Phoenix International Raceway Ticket Office and by calling 1-888-408-RACE (7223). The 2007 NASCAR Ticket Pack includes the same great seat for all seven races during both NASCAR weekends at PIR, including the SUBWAY Fresh 500 Weekend in April and the Checker Auto Parts 500 Weekend, NASCAR's Semi-Final Weekend, in November. 2-Race Ticket Packages for the 2007 SUBWAY Fresh 500(tm) Weekend include tickets to Friday's Bashas' Supermarkets 200, NASCAR Busch Series race and Saturday's SUBWAY Fresh 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Both races are run under the lights on PIR's one-mile oval. The on-sale date for single race tickets has been moved from November to August to provide race fans an earlier opportunity to secure tickets to the first evening race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season. Tickets and information for all the Novemeber 2006 races can be found at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling, 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(8-11-2006)

  • Kahne, Yeley & Nemechek to sell tix at PIR: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber has announced that NEXTEL Cup drivers Kasey Kahne, JJ Yeley and Joe Nemechek will join the PIR staff, selling tickets for the Checker Auto Parts 500 at the PIR Ticket Offices from Noon - 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 22. Fans looking to secure tickets for NASCAR's Semi-Final Showdown Weekend at PIR can purchase their tickets directly from drivers beginning at Noon. Driver interaction is limited to selling tickets and they will only be signing autographs on purchased tickets. The PIR Ticket Office is located in Avondale, at 125 S. Avondale Blvd., Suite 200. Ticket windows are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Tickets and information for these events can be found at phoenixraceway.com or by calling, 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(6-18-2006)

  • Some Phoenix Tix still available: PIR still has reserved seats available in the Bobby Allison Grandstand in turns 1 and 2 for today's race. All tickets in the frontstretch grandstands are sold out, track president Bryan R. Sperber said. Hillside seating outside of turns 3 and 4 also is an option for fans. Free shuttles to the track are available from the parking lot at Desert Sky Mall at the southwest corner of 75th Avenue and Encanto in Phoenix. From the East Valley, motorists on Interstate 10 can use Exit 136B and turn right (north) and drive for about a half-mile.(East Valley Tribune)(4-22-2006)

  • Bank of America to sponsor four ISC tracks: Bank of America Corp. said Tuesday that it has reached a five-year agreement with International Speedway Corp. to sponsor four race tracks, including California Speedway near Los Angeles. Financial terms of the latest sponsorship deal, which also includes tracks in Kansas City, Mo.; Avondale, Ariz.; and Watkins Glen, N.Y., were not disclosed. In return for its financial support, Bank of America wins the right to place advertisements and ATMs at each of the four tracks as well as entertainment space and other promotional rights. Last summer, Bank of America struck a deal with ISC's chief rival, Speedway Motorsports Inc., to sponsor Lowe's Motor Speedway in nearby Concord, N.C., and tracks at Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas and San Francisco. Bank of America also will sponsor the Nextel Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October, the Bank of America 500.(ESPN.com/AP)(2-22-2006)

  • Phoenix Unveils "Salute to Military Families": Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced a "Salute to Military Families" program that will feature military themes, support and appreciation during the running of the Second Annual Subway Fresh 500, Nextel Cup race on Saturday, April 22. NASCAR drivers are also committed to working with PIR on this distinctive "Salute to Military Families" program and several drivers will be visiting Arizona for base tours that will include special autograph sessions for the soldiers. "Our 'Salute to Military Families' program was developed as a way that PIR, our fans and sponsors could really say thank you and to show our support to the many men and women currently serving in the U.S. Military," said Sperber. "The additional support of NASCAR drivers and teams has been incredible and further demonstrates the importance of this program." Also included in the "Salute to Military Families" program is a relationship with the Marine Reserves Toys for Tots. The Toys for Tots will hold a special collection drive on the PIR midway during the Subway Fresh 500 race weekend and will also help support additional base tours and other PIR military-themed events. Packages From Home, a non-profit organization dedicated to the U.S. Service men and women overseas, has also partnered with PIR as another avenue for fans to donate care packages for our troops currently serving overseas. Packages From Home provides a way for fans to support our troops by donating needed items for care packages to remind troops that Americans support them. In addition, a special military-themed pre-race celebration will be held on the start/finish line prior to the start of the Subway Fresh 500 and will also include servicemen paired with NASCAR drivers in the introductory driver's parade. In partnership with PIR, NASCAR fans are able to support this program through ticket sponsorships, sending U.S. service men and women and their families to the Subway Fresh 500. Fans interested in purchasing tickets to sponsor military families can do so by visiting www.phoenixraceway.com. Presenting sponsors of the "Salute to Military Families" program include Holsum Bread-Arizona, Bar-S Foods, Roman Meal, Labor Ready and AdobeAir. Each of these signature sponsors has pledged to send several hundred military men and women to the Subway Fresh 500. Tickets and information for PIR events and others can be ordered online at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling the ticket office at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(2-13-2006)

  • Phoenix Tix on sale Saturday: Starting Saturday, February 11, Phoenix International Raceway will offer two-race ticket packages for the only West Coast stop in the chase for the NEXTEL Cup, the Checker Auto Parts 500 weekend at PIR. Two-race packages consist of the same seat for the both the Phoenix 200, NASCAR Busch Series race and the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Ticket packages start at $142. PIR NASCAR packs, which include seats to all events of both NASCAR weekends, are also still available. The Bobby Allison North Grandstands will debut in April and will offer 14,000 permanent grandstands, providing thrilling views of the front stretch and Turn 1. Tickets are available online at phoenixraceway.com or by calling the ticket office at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR PR)(2-10-2006)

  • Phoenix Spring Race Sched Change: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced the new schedule change for the Second Annual SUBWAY Fresh 500 Race Weekend. The most dramatic change to the schedule of events is the addition of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Qualifying on Thursday afternoon, April 20. Gates open to fans at 9:00am on Thursday, April 20 and race fans will enjoy an exciting day of on-track action that includes practices in all three race divisions, the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series, the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. NASCAR Grand National qualifying is set for 3:35pm, prior to the 8:00pm green flag in the Casino Arizona 150. NEXTEL Cup qualifying will get the green flag at 5:40pm [8:40pm/et]. On Friday, April 21, gates open at noon and race fans will enjoy two sessions of NEXTEL Cup practice from 1 - 2 p.m. and then again from 4:05 - 4:50pm. The NASCAR Busch Series will start qualifications at 2:35 p.m. prior to the 6 p.m. start of the Bashas' Supermarkets 200. The excitement builds when gates open at noon on Saturday, April 22 for the 5:25pm green flag of the Second Annual SUBWAY Fresh 500, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Tickets for all three spring races are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the ticket office at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223. Tickets can also be ordered online at www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR Site)(2-1-2006)

  • PIR revs up for affluent fans: Phoenix International Raceway is offering guests a unique and exclusive lounge to indulge their race experience - Octane. Announced by PIR President Bryan R. Sperber, Octane is the newest and most exclusive addition to the facility and is the first of it's kind both in NASCAR and in Phoenix. Octane, a 100-person club, will offer guests an elite setting to experience racing in style. Positioned six stories above Turn 1, Octane will provide guests with spectacular views of the raceway, the Estrella Mountains and the magnificent desert sunsets, all in posh surroundings. Octane is set to debut in April 2006. More info at phoenixintlraceway.com.(12-13-2005)

  • New Communications Mgr at PIR: Phoenix International Raceway has hired Tami Nealy as Communications Manager, completing the team's communications division. Nealy brings more than four years of media relations experience in the Phoenix market. Nealy's background includes working NBA All-Star Games, WNBA All-Star Games, and the WNBA Finals. Nealy spent the last year working with the city of Glendale as Marketing/Communications Manager, overseeing a variety of city departments. A graduate of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, Tami and her husband, Bobby, have an 11-month old son Jackson.(PIR)(11-10-2005)

  • Reserved seats for Cup race out at Phoenix: Reserved seats for Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500 Nextel Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway are sold out, track officials said Monday, but hillside tickets for the NASCAR Nextel Cup race are still available. A ticket for the hillside, located outside of turns 3 and 4, is $30. Children 12 and younger are free. Tickets still remain for NASCAR races Thursday through Saturday. The Southwest Series Arizona Lottery 125 is Thursday, the Craftsman Truck Series Chevy Silverado 200 is Friday and the Busch Series Arizona 200 is Saturday. Nextel Cup qualifying is also on Saturday. Tickets and event information can be found online at phoenixraceway.com, by calling the ticket office at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(East Valley Tribune)(11-8-2005)

  • Kush and Finch Named Honorary Race Officials for Checker Auto Parts 500: Legendary Arizona State University football coach Frank Kush will be an Honorary Race Official for the NEXTEL Cup Checker Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, November 13th at Phoenix International Raceway. Kush took over the Sun Devils football team and led them to a 176-54-1 record over 22 seasons. Kush's teams ran up a 62-9 record in a five-year span from 1970 and capped it off by going 12-0 and finishing with the #2 overall ranking in 1975. Kush remains with ASU today, serving as a Special Assistant to the Athletic Director. Kush will be highlighted throughout the Checker Auto Parts 500 race activities, including hospitality appearances and pre and post race ceremonies.
    University of Arizona and Olympic star Jennie Finch will be an Honorary Race Official for the NEXTEL Cup Checker Auto Parts 500. Finch's career in softball places her as one of the best to ever play the game. Finch holds the NCAA record for consecutive wins with 60 and was a two-time winner of the Honda Award, presented to the nation's best softball player. Finch also captured the Gold Medal as a member of the 2004 Summer Olympic softball team. Finch will be highlighted throughout the Checker Auto Parts 500 race activities, including hospitality appearances in the Wildcat Club and pre and post race ceremonies.(PIR PR)(11-8-2005)

  • PIR Brings NASCAR Day to ASU: On Wednesday, November 9, Phoenix International Raceway will present a fascinating look at the sport, competition and business of NASCAR in a special program, open to the public, on Arizona State University's Tempe campus. NASCAR Day at ASU is an educational program for ASU students and faculty, local business leaders, media and NASCAR fans that will include four sessions of panel discussion focusing on business and career opportunities with in the sport. Panelists will consist of key players from many facets of the industry such as drivers, team owners, engineers, team and track sponsors, and public relations agencies. Other features of the program include interactive NASCAR exhibits, NASCAR show cars and displays from some of the most prominent NASCAR sponsors. Admission for the event to be held at Arizona State University's Gammage Auditorium from 4p.m. to 7p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 will be $10 for the general public and $5 for students. Tickets for NASCAR Day at Arizona State University are available by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling the ASU ticket office at 480-965-3434.(PIR PR)(11-8-2005)

  • TRAPT will perform at NEXTEL Cup Race in Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway announced that modern rockers TRAPT will be performing at the NEXTEL Cup Checker Auto Parts 500 on November 13. TRAPT will be playing on the Midway during the pre-race festivities leading up to the start of the race.(PIR PR)(11-8-2005)

  • PIR Ticket Office to Open on Saturdays Phoenix International Raceway announced the ticket office will now be open on Saturdays leading up to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend, November 10-13. The PIR Ticket Office is located in Avondale at 125 S. Avondale Boulevard and will be open on Saturday October 22, 29 and November 5 from 9am - 3pm. The ticket office is also open Monday - Friday, from 8am -5pm. Tickets for the NASCAR Semi-Final Showdown Weekend at PIR are still available. Tickets and event information can be found online at www.phoenixraceway.com, by calling the ticket office at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR) or going to a Jayski official sponsor: Premiere Sports Travel.(10-23-2005)

  • PIR Partners With Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau : Phoenix International Raceway [PIR] welcomes the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau (GPCVB) to the family of track sponsors as the Official Convention and Visitors Bureau of Phoenix International Raceway. PIR is one of the state leaders in tourism bringing in an estimated $400 million annually to the state of Arizona. More than 300,000 fans venture to Phoenix International Raceway for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race weekends and the newly formed partnership with the GPCVB will only help fans with their plans to attend the races. The Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau is an information source for those who are looking to travel or relocate to Phoenix and its surrounding cities. The GPCVB staff is available to assist with hotel, dining and relocation materials.
    Tickets are now available for the remaining '05 events at PIR. The Fall schedule begins on Sept. 10 when the Grand American Rolex Series races take over the demanding road course. Two months later, the Checker Auto Parts 500 Weekend featuring the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division - Southwest Series race (Nov. 10), the Chevy Silverado 150 - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race (Nov. 11), the NASCAR Busch Series race (Nov. 12), and the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by TECHRON - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race (Nov. 13) can be purchased online at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling the ticket office at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(PIR)(7-21-2005)

  • Phoenix Sells Out: The inaugural SUBWAY Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is officially a sell out. All the reserved grandstand seats for the very first evening NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race in Arizona are gone. "I'm thrilled that we have met our goal," said PIR President Bryan R. Sperber. "We have felt all along that this event would be a tremendous showcase for PIR and NASCAR. While all of our reserved seats are sold, we still have a limited amount of general admission seating available on the hillside between Turn 3 and Turn 4. This is really going to be a night to remember." General Admission access on the hillside is still available for $35. Passes are available by visiting www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR)(4-23-2005)

  • PIR pres staying put: It is believed PIR President Bryan Sperber was offered the same position at California Speedway and turned it down. Sperber became interim president at California, which like PIR is owned by Daytona Beach, Fla.-based International Speedway Corp., last month. "I really love Phoenix," said Sperber, who arrived at PIR three years ago from a similar position at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) Raceway. "My wife and son love the Valley. PIR is a dream job. There's nothing out there that would suggest that there's something better than living here and being able to work at what I consider one of the greatest tracks in the country."(Arizona Republic)(4-23-2005)

  • Phoenix to add new grandstand: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced on Friday that the Bobby Allison Grandstand, located from the middle of Turns 1 & 2, will be expanded to encompass the entire area beginning at Turn 1. The $24 million project is the latest facility project designed to enhance the overall racing experience for both the drivers and fans. The grandstand expansion, which means the end of the Buddy Jobe Suite building in Turn 1, will feature 14,000 seats and 28 suites available to fans in time for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend next April. While the overall look of the expansion will carry the same characteristics of the current grandstand, the new suite area will also feature an indoor/outdoor club which will allow any suite holder to experience the luxury of a suite and the sounds that make racing great. With the addition of the grandstand expansion, most of the temporary wooden bleachers that have lined the backstretch of the track, as well as, Turn 3, will be removed and the area will be used for parking for additional "high-end" recreational vehicle camping. Info on buying the new seats at .(PIR)(4-23-2005)

  • Richmond, Homestead, Phoenix expansion? An International Speedway Corp. official said during a conference call with investor analysts this week that Richmond International Raceway might add more seats soon. Susan Schandel, senior vice president and chief financial officer of ISC, said the company will consider seating expansion at some tracks. "I know we've got quite a bit of demand at Miami, Richmond and Phoenix, so those would be tentative for next year," she said. Richmond seats 107,097.(Roanoke Times)(4-8-2005)

  • NASCAR 101 at Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway is hosting NASCAR 101, a behind the scenes look at the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. The question and answer session will feature FOX network analyst Larry McReynolds, 1989 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion Rusty Wallace and NASCAR Busch Series driver J.J. Yeley. Anyone at the event will have the chance to learn about NASCAR, the cars and how the sport has grown over the years from some of the men who actually live it week after week. Fans will also have the rare chance to see the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Trophy, which will be displayed before, during and after the show. The event takes place at the Superstition Springs Mall (Power Road and Southern Avenue in Mesa, AZ) on Monday, April 11, 2005, from 6:00 to 7:30pm. This show is designed for fans to ask questions to the experts who can answer the best and show why NASCAR has grown into one of the largest sports in the world. Nextel, the title sponsor of NASCAR's premier series, will also show some of the technology that has helped NASCAR stay on the cutting-edge in communication.(PIR)(4-8-2005)

  • Phoenix under the lights: For the first time ever, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series cars drove on the historic one-mile oval at night. While the cars were on loan from the Richard Petty Driving Experience, the modest gathering of VIP's, media and fans in the stands, had the rare chance to see what will be coming in a few weeks during the SUBWAY Fresh 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at PIR. Following a short countdown, PIR President Bryan Sperber, Area VP for NEXTEL Christine Pantoya and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Carl Edwards flipped the switch that symbolically sent electricity to the newly installed lights around the track. The lighting ceremony was the end of a very successful NACSAR testing session at Phoenix International Raceway on Tuesday. Testing all day were Ryan Newman, Jamie McMurray, Jeremy Mayfield, Carl Edwards, and Busch Series rookie Reed Sorenson, who will be making his PIR debut in the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 on April 22. Tickets are still available for all three NASCAR events by calling the PIR Ticket Office (602-252-2227) or through the PIR website www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR)(3-31-2005)

  • Light Project Complete at Phoenix, testing next; Homstead next for lights: A $5 million project to install permanent lighting at Phoenix International Raceway is complete, and a formal unveiling is scheduled Tuesday [March 29th] after a day of NASCAR testing that is open to the general public. None of the drivers will test under the lights, but officials from an Iowa-based company that installed the lighting have driven on the track in night conditions. Among the drivers expected at the day test are Sterling Marlin, Jamie McMurray, Jeremy Mayfield, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards. Fans can enter through Gate 7 beginning at 10am. PIR is the 13th oval racetrack to receive Musco lighting, and Musco Lighting project manager Mark Flesner said he'd begin another lighting project in about 10 days at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Casino Arizona 150 in the NASCAR West Series on April 21 is the first scheduled night race at PIR. The NASCAR Busch Series Bashas' Supermarkets 200 on April 22 is next, and the Nextel Cup Subway Fresh 500 is April 23. More than 200 tons of concrete and 70 miles of wire were used to install 1,044 light fixtures that produce 1.5 million watts of power per hour. There also are 153 infield light poles measuring in height from 6- to 24-feet, and 32 ground-mounted perimeter poles measuring from 70- to 110-feet tall. Affixed to grandstands and rooftops are 34 poles, 10- to 50-feet tall. Permanent lighting also has been installed on the hillside between Turns 3 and 4, but the light fixtures are turned downward to prevent driver glare. Precautions also have been made to protect against power outages. "We have two or three generators that run full-time and provide 20 percent of the outer perimeter lighting (at PIR)," Flesner said. "That's enough lighting to safely slow the field if there is a power outage." Each individual light fixture is fused independently, meaning if one light goes out, they all won't go out.(Arizona Republic)(3-25-2005)

  • Phoenix April Race Sched Changed: Phoenix International Raceway has agreed to a plan proposed by NASCAR to improve its April NASCAR practice and qualifying schedule, plus run all three events that weekend, NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series -- under the newly installed lights. Under new rules changes mandated by NASCAR, each series will be limited to only one practice session, which will take place before qualifying. After qualifying, the cars will be impounded until race time.
    The revised schedule will call for all three series to practice on Thursday, April 21. The NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series will also qualify that afternoon, then race beginning at 8:00pm [11:00pm/et]. The Busch Series and NEXTEL Cup Series will qualify on Friday, April 22. The Bashas' Supermarkets 200 will take the green flag later that evening (6:00pm/pt; 9:00pm/et). The SUBWAY Fresh 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race will start around 5:00pm [8:00pm/et] on Saturday, April 23. As of now, it appears that the November quadruple header weekend November 10-13, which includes a NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series race, the Chevy Silverado 150 NASCAR Truck Series race, a NASCAR Busch Series race and the Checker Auto Parts 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, will remain a four races in four days. Starting times for these events will be announced officially later. Tickets for all 2005 events at PIR are available by phone at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223; or online at www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(2-7-2004)

  • Subway to sponsor spring race at Phoenix: SUBWAY Restaurants will be the title sponsor for the inaugural NASCAR evening race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 23, 2005. The SUBWAY Fresh 500 will be the eighth race of the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, and the very first night race of the year. The entire race weekend will feature the NASCAR Grand National West Series race on Thursday, the NASCAR Busch Series Bashas' Supermarkets 200 on Friday and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Subway Fresh 500 race on Saturday night. For more information about the SUBWAY chain, see its Web site at www.subway.com. Tickets for the new race weekend, including the first-ever NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series night race in Arizona are currently on sale and can be purchased by phone at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223; or online at www.phoenixraceway.com.(Phoenix International Raceway PR)(1-7-2005)

  • Phoenix Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: - President & CEO of Checker Auto Parts - Maynard Jenkins
    Honorary Grand Marshal: Mario Andretti
    Honorary Starter: President, ChevRonTexaco Global Lubricants - Mark Nelson
    Trophy Presenter: Ms. Arizona United States 2004 - Paula Brock
    Honor Guard: U.S. Air Force Honor Guard
    Invocation: PIR Caplain - Ken Bowers.(11-7-2004)

  • Bashas' Supermarkets Sponsoring New Spring Event at Phoenix: One of Arizona's most popular chain retailers Bashas' Supermarkets announced that it will serve as the title sponsor for the new NASCAR Busch Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on April 22, 2005. The new agreement runs through 2008. Bashas' Supermarkets is a well-known sponsor and promoter of PIR, where they have been the title sponsor of the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 for the past three years, including the 2004 featured event. In the past year, the Bashas family of stores has also sponsored Grand American Rolex Series races at PIR. In the last decade, Bashas has doubled in size with stores under the Bashas name, as well as AJ's Fine Foods, and Food City, bringing the total to more than 144 stores. The different formats enable the company to serve different "demographic neighborhoods" with the appropriate mixture of products and services to meet the needs of the customers. The new spring weekend features a NASCAR Grand National, West Series race, and the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Saturday night. Tickets for the new race weekend, including the first-ever NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series night race in Arizona can be purchased by phone at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223; online at www.phoenixraceway.com or at the track during this race weekend.(PIR PR)(11-7-2004)

  • Tickets available for Phoenix races: Ticket packages for all four NASCAR Weekend Phoenix International Raceway Events events, including the Cruise America 125 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series race (Nov. 4). The Chevy Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, (Nov. 6), Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Busch Series race, (Nov. 6), and the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Havoline NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race (Nov. 7) are available by phone at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223; or online.(11-2-2004)

  • The Phoenix International Raceway After Dark Fan Festival is revving up to be the ultimate NASCAR party, as Kahne becomes the latest NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver to join 2003 champion (and '02 Checker Auto Parts 500 winner) Matt Kenseth, Robby Gordon, and Brendan Gaughan for a question-and-answer session with their many fans. The gala event will also feature live music, additional driver appearances and the popular "Trackside Live" television show to be broadcast live on SPEED TV.
    The party starts immediately after the conclusion of Valley Chevy Dealers Qualifying day, featuring NASCAR Busch Series practice, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole Qualifying, and the Chevy Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Race day ticket holders receive free admission to PIR After Dark, while guests who just want to party with a few thousand fellow NASCAR fans will only have to pay $5 for admission.
    Appearances / Schedule
    Driver Appearances:
    Richard Petty & Kyle Petty
    Matt Kenseth
    Jeff Green
    David Starr
    Ashton Lewis Jr.
    Robby Gordon
    Kasey Kahne
    Brendan Gaughan
    Martin Truex Jr.
    More Drivers to Come
    Concerts and Shows:
    Slippery When Wet (Tribute to Bon Jovi)
    Trackside Live
    TNT (The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute)

  • Testing at Phoenix in Oct: #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #88-Dale Jarrett and #42-Jamie McMurray are penciled in for a two-day PIR test scheduled Oct. 18-19. The test is open to the public, and admission is $20 per day. Fans already holding tickets to the Nov. 7 Checker Auto Parts 500 at PIR can attend free. Race-day tickets begin at $35 and can be purchased during the test session by entering Gate 7.(Arizona Republic)(9-11-2004)

  • PIR Presents $20,000 Check to Victory Junction Gang Camp: Through support from NASCAR fans nationwide, and some Phoenix area businesses, Phoenix International Raceway was able to raise $20,000 in donations for the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Donations were made to PIR and will be used to send children from Arizona to the camp located in Randleman, NC. PIR President Bryan R Sperber presented a check in the amount of $20,000 to Kyle Petty immediately following the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice on Saturday at California Speedway. The fundraising begin on August 16 to help bring awareness to the camp and NASCAR Day, which was held August 20. The original goal was just enough money to cover the cost of two locally ill children and families to travel to camp (about $4,000). The additional funds will be put in a special account by the VJGC to be used to cover the travel expenses for any other children/families from Arizona attending the camp.
    The first two Arizona kids to attend camp are:
    Chris Freudenberg, of Mesa, is a very active 11 year-old, who was diagnosed with Diabetes in January. Freudenberg is in the sixth grade at McKemy Middle School in Tempe, Arizona. He is active in pop-warner football where he is playing his first year this fall. He has agreed to miss a game for the trip to North Carolina. He also has played little league baseball for the past four years. He will be attending camp in October.
    Amy Darnell of Apache Junction is a very active 13 year-old who was diagnosed with Leukemia on May 26, 2004. Amy is currently in remission of the disease, although she is still receiving Chemo Therapy. Every three weeks Amy is admitted to Banner Desert Health where she receives two days of therapy. Darnell is an eighth grader at Thunder Mountain Middle School in Apache Junction. She is an active member in Girl Scouts. In the past she was a participant on the swim team, basketball team, little league - softball, and her favorite - the sixth and seventh grade tackle football team, however, due to her illness she is unable to participate in the sports she enjoys. She will be attending camp in January. Even though Chris and Amy are funded for camp, PIR will keep the donation opportunities available for future Arizona kids. Between now and the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Havoline NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Nov. 7, PIR will have a donation link set up on the PIR website (www.phoenixraceway.com) allowing fans the chance to donate. Donors will have the opportunity to donate by credit card or through personal checks. Individual donations could be made out to Victory Junction Gang Camp and sent to PIR. If donations of $45 were made, (the number of the car Adam drove) donors would receive a special "Everyday is NASCAR Day in Arizona" t-shirt from PIR.(PIR PR)(9-5-2004)

  • Phoenix Tickets for sale: Seats for the Checker Auto Parts 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Weekend at Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 4-7), are selling fast, and this past Monday, July 26 marked 100 days to the largest single-day sporting event in the state. As a bonus, and to kick-off the "100 Days Til The Checker Auto Parts 500", PIR and Pepsi offered a FREE 6-pack of any Pepsi product to the first 100 ticket orders received on Monday, July 26. Winners will be notified by mail. Tickets for all four NASCAR Weekend events Cruise America 125 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series race, Chevy Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Busch Series race, and the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Havoline NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race are available by phone at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223; or online at www.phoenixraceway.com. There are still a few seats available in the following sections: lower ($65) Bryan Grandstands, lower ($55) Foyt Grandstands and Middle ($70) and Lower ($55) Petty Grandstands. Anyone looking for a premium-seating package, a limited number of tickets are available for the Upper Foyt Grandstand, with the purchase of Raceway Club and Hospitality ($184 * ticket + hospitality). To secure your premium seats, call 602-744-5654.(PIR PR)(7-28-2004)

  • PIR Hopes to hear about 2nd Cup race by end of May: By the end of the month, if not earlier, Phoenix International Raceway officials should learn whether they will get a 2nd Nextel Cup race date. Nextel Cup Series officials are expected to continue a process they began last year by awarding a highly coveted second race date to an existing track on the s chedule, and speculation is growing that PIR is this year's winner. In addition to being a top 20 media market, the Valley also represents an area of the country in which NASCAR wants to expand. The metro Phoenix area not only boasts a large population base but strong ties to Hispanic culture, which represents a valuable and untapped market for NASCAR.(Arizona Republic)(5-7-2004)

  • Road Approvement at Phoenix...if a there is a 2nd date: Phoenix International Raceway moved a step closer to possibly gaining NASCAR approval for a highly coveted second Nextel Cup race beginning next season when Senate Bill 1123 was passed Wednesday and sent to Gov. Janet Napolitano for her signature. The bill would earmark approximately $5 million for road improvements around the Avondale racetrack. The funding would go into effect only if PIR receives a second race and would be generated from sales tax dollars at the racetrack.(Arizona Repbulic)(4-28-2004)

  • Phoenix still awaits NASCAR decision on 2nd Cup race: As speculation heats up that a second Nextel Cup Series race is headed to Phoenix for the 2005 season, cautiously optimistic Phoenix International Raceway officials say they are still in the dark about NASCAR's plans. PIR President Bryan Sperber disputed a story published Wednesday in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, citing unnamed sources, claiming PIR and Texas Motor Speedway have been awarded second race dates for 2005. "I don't put a lot of stock in it because I don't believe a final decision has been made," Sperber said. "Historically, that's not the way NASCAR has approached things like this with me. I was the president of Watkins Glen International for eight years, and every decision that was made with respect to scheduling, NASCAR always kept me in the loop. If a final decision like this has been made, I would suspect I would be the first person they called. But I have not received a call, so there's no reason for me to believe a final decision has been made. Some days I feel real optimistic about our chances, and other days I don't. We've been trying to get one since February 2003, and there's been a lot of articles like this. One said we were a lock to get one in 2004. The truth is, we haven't been notified by NASCAR or anybody else that a second race is coming."(Arizona Republic)(4-23-2004)

  • Phoenix Tix go on sale April 30th: Phoenix International Raceway announced that single-day tickets for the upcoming NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Havoline will go on sale Friday, April 30th. Reserved Sunday-only tickets will be available from $35 to $85. Two-day tickets for the Saturday, November 6 Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Busch Series race and Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500 are now available at $145, with Saturday-only tickets from $45-50. Hillside seating for Sunday is $30 and Friday Truck/PIR After Dark reserved tickets are $25-35. Hillside tickets for Friday are $20, while weekend pit passes are only $45. Tickets for all four NASCAR Weekend events, including the Thursday, November 4 Cruise America 125 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series race; Friday's Chevy Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race; the Saturday, November 6 Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Busch Series race, and the Sunday, November 7 Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Havoline NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race are available by phone at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223; at the track's downtown ticket office at the Arizona Center, 3rd Street and Van Buren in Phoenix; or online at www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(4-22-2004)

  • Last Race at the Rock? this weekend? UPDATE: North Carolina Speedway general manager Chris Browning said Saturday that no one from NASCAR or International Speedway Corporation has approached him regarding the possibility of moving the track's date to another venue, or selling the track and its date to Speedway Motorsports. Rumors have surfaced throughout the week that this weekend's Subway 400 could be the last race at the gritty 1.017-mile oval. Browning disagrees, saying that NASCAR and ISC understand the challenges of their February race date, and feels confident Rockingham would get the chance to prove their worth with a more favorable date. Browning is confident that the Nextel Cup Series will be racing in North Carolina's sand hills in 2005. "There's been nothing said internally, so I chalk it up to a good rumor," Browning continued. "For 10 years, we were supposed to lose a date, and it's just now happened." Some have speculated that ISC plans to sell the track to Bruton Smith, owner of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., who would then move the date to one of his tracks, likely Texas Motor Speedway. Shareholders of SMI are currently suing NASCAR, claiming NASCAR officials have failed to follow through with a promise to award Texas Motor Speedway a second Cup date. Subsequently, speculation has arisen that the lawsuit could be settled by selling Rockingham to Smith. "The Bruton rumors are just rumors," Browning said. "There is no indication of truth." Browning said ticket sales are already higher than they were for this event last year, due in part to Dale Earnhardt's Jr.'s victory in the Daytona 500, but that the Subway 400 won't sell out. Browning said track officials are working diligently to book events at the track, such as rodeos, car shows and racing events for other series such as ASA and ARCA. They're also open to the idea of installing lights.(in part from NASCAR.com)(2-21-2004)
    UPDATE: Bob Dilner reported on Speed News that word has it that the race this weekend at Rockingham/North Carolina Speedway will be the last Cup race held there, with rumors having the date going to either Phoenix or Texas.(Speed Channel's Speed News - NASCAR Edition) and on Speed's NASCAR: Victory Lane, John Roberts said it was a done deal, but unofficial as NASCAR has not made an announcement yet....he also mentioned Las Vegas as a candiate for the race date.(2-22-2004)

  • Phoenix Tix UPDATE and Adding SAFER: Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for that sports fan in the family? If that's the case, purchase race tickets for any of the 16 races at Phoenix International Raceway. Single event tickets go on sale Saturday, December 13, and will get you in to see the world's best drivers of Indy Cars, Sports Cars and NASCAR battle each other on the historic mile oval of PIR. On Saturday, December 13, tickets can be purchased via www.phoenixraceway.com or 1-866-408-7223 beginning at 9 a.m. (AST). The PIR ticket office at the Arizona Center (3rd Street and Van Buren) will be available for those wishing to purchase in person beginning at 10 a.m. (AST) on Monday, December 15. Ticket prices for all events can be found on the PIR website.(Phoenix International Raceway PR)(12-9-2003)
    UPDATE - PIR to be SAFER: Phoenix International Raceway president Bryan R. Sperber announced Tuesday that installation of the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) wall system is underway and should be completed by the first event of the 2004 season - NASCAR Winter Heat (Jan. 24-25). PIR joins Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Richmond International Raceway, New Hampshire International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, as the only tracks to have SAFER walls in place at the moment. The barriers run continuously for 1,550 feet from turn one through turn two, and for another 1,650 feet starting again at turn three all the way through turn four. The walls are 40 ½ inches high and contain steel tubes and 22" thick blocks of styrofoam that are placed between the original wall and the new wall.(PIR PR)(12-10-2003)

  • 2004 Phoenix Season Tix for Sale: 2004 Phoenix International Raceway season tickets have hit the sale block. The 15-race schedule gets the green flag in January and features the world's best drivers of Indy Cars, Sports Cars and NASCAR on the historic layouts of PIR. Season tickets are available for purchase by phone (602-252-2227) or in person at the track's downtown Phoenix ticket office at the Arizona Center (3rd Street and Van Buren). For information on race events, individual race tickets or other PIR information, log on to the PIR website, www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(11-5-2003)

  • SAFER at Phoenix: At some point, probably next year, Phoenix International Raceway is expected to add an energy-absorbing, soft-wall system [SAFER] in the turns at the 1-mile oval, a safety feature already at Indianapolis, New Hampshire, Richmond and Homestead-Miami Speedway. "It's fair to say that at some point in the future we want a SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier, but I can't tell you the timetable right now," PIR President Bryan Sperber. Should the energy-absorbing wall be installed at PIR, it likely would be the only major modification between now and next year's Checker Auto Parts 500, scheduled for Nov. 7.(Arizona Republic)(11-4-2003)

  • Phoenix to accept California Speedway Tix: Phoenix International Raceway has announced that it will be accepting tickets for those individuals who have tickets to the CART race weekend to be held at California Speedway this weekend. The California races have been cancelled due to the wildfires affecting the surrounding area. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been effected by the horrible fires in Southern California," said PIR president Bryan R. Sperber. "By offering this opportunity, we hope to provide ticket holders to the CART race the opportunity to watch any of four exciting races offered during the Checker Auto Parts 500 weekend. We hope those ticket holders at come to PIR will find being around the track this weekend a small measure of comfort." Those interested in exchanging tickets for any of the four races at PIR this weekend must do so at the Gate 3 Ticket Office the day of the race. Tickets can be exchanged for the Cruise America 125 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series race on Thursday, the Chevy Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck race on Friday, the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday, and the Checker Auto Parts 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race on Sunday. This is a ticket for ticket exchange, and the value of the ticket does not matter. "We appreciate this offer from Phoenix International Raceway to our fans at California Speedway," Bill Miller, president of California Speedway said. "While the focus is very much on what is happening with the fires in Southern California and our concern remains with helping those who have been affected by this tragedy, this does provide a great opportunity for our valued guests to take a trip and see a great motorsports show at PIR." A limited numbers of tickets still remain for the four NASCAR races this weekend by calling 602-252-2227, online at www.phoenixraceway.com, or at the Gate 3 ticket office at PIR.(10-30-2003)

  • Apollo XII Astronaut Busch Grand Marshal: Dick Gordon, the fourth man to walk in space and command pilot for America's second lunar landing mission will be among the many celebrities at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend for Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Bashas' Supermarkets 200. Gordon is now a popular keynote speaker who addresses thousands of people each year at colleges, conventions, trade shows and museums. He is also an avid and enthusiastic NASCAR fan, known to have strong and definite opinions on common templates and the practice of NASCAR Winston Cup Series racers competing in the Busch Series. He will appear at various hospitality and industry functions at the track and in the city in support of what's become Gordon's favorite racing series and sanctioning body; he jokingly refers to four-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon as his "grandson."
    Seattle native Richard Francis Gordon, Jr. earned his wings as a Naval Aviator in 1953 and was a test pilot until 1960. He won the prestigious Bendix Trophy transcontinental air race in 1961 at record speed, and was selected for the astronaut program in 1963.
    His first space flight was the Gemini XI mission in 1966, when he became the fourth man to walk in space and, along with Pete Conrad, the first to fall asleep during a spacewalk. In 1969 Gordon, Conrad and Alan Bean flew the Apollo XII mission that suffered a lighting strike to the Saturn V vehicle 36 ½ seconds into launch, causing a total but temporary failure of all electrical systems. The mission continued, as Conrad and Bean landed and worked on the lunar surface as Gordon piloted the command module in orbit. Gordon's scheduled walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 18 was scrubbed due to budget concerns.
    After retiring from the Navy and NASA in 1972, Gordon became an exective vice president with the NFL New Orleans Saints. Later he was president of a company in the oil well fire containment industry, and then president of a company that provides control room engineering and support services. In 1984 Gordon was a technical advisor and actor in "Space," James A. Michener's acclaimed network television mini-series.(PIR PR)(10-28-2003)

  • Diamondback All-Star now Grand Marshal: Luis Gonzalez, Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star outfielder will serve as Honorary Grand Marshal at the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Havoiline NASCAR race this November 2nd at Phoenix International Raceway. Gonzalez is a key player on the Checker Auto Parts sports marketing team, serving as a commercial spokesperson for the company. In addition to appearing in print, TV and radio ads for Checker, he is featured in the company's "Bring 'Em Home Safe!" charitable child safety seat program.(www.phoenixraceway.com)(10-27-2003)

  • PIR Is More Fun After Dark: The new PIR After Dark fan experience festival is revving up to be the ultimate NASCAR bash. PIR After Dark will be held at the track on Friday, October 31 following the Chevy Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. The Friday night party will feature driver appearances, live entertainment, interactive NASCAR and IRL displays, SPEED Channel's "Trackside Live" TV show and much, much more! The best part is, you'll gain admission to this party of the year with the purchase of your Winston Cup Bud Pole Qualifying/Chevy Silverado 150 race ticket. Tickets after the Chevy Silverado 150 checkered flag are just $5.(www.phoenixraceway.com)(10-28-2003)

  • Phoenix Still has Limited Tix: Ticket sales have been hot for the Checker Auto Parts 500 NASCAR Weekend at Phoenix International Raceway in two weeks. There are a limited number of very good seats remaining for all four races over the weekend, and they can be purchased by calling the PIR Ticket Office (602) 252-2227, 1-800-PIT-SHOP or via the internet at www.phoenixraceway.com.(10-27-2003)

  • Phoenix Extends Ticket Office Hours: Phoenix International Raceway has announced expanded ticket office hours in preparation for the annual Oct 30-Nov 2 NASCAR Weekend. Beginning October 4, the track's downtown ticket office at the Arizona Center, 3rd Street and Van Buren, will be open on weekends from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, and 11:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday. Weekday hours remain from 10:00am to 5:30pm. Telephone ticket hours will also be extended to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Oct. 6. Expanded ticket office hours will remain in effect through Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003. Season Tickets for Phoenix International Raceway's gala 2004 schedule of events, including 13 days and 15 different races, will go on sale Monday, Nov. 3, to the general public. Tickets for the upcoming NASCAR DoubleHeader and NASCAR Weekend are now available at the track's downtown ticket office at the Arizona Center, 3rd Street and Van Buren; by phone at 602-252-2227, or online at www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(9-29-2003)

  • Phoenix will add lights....if they get a 2nd Cup race: Phoenix International Raceway is prepared to install lights for a night race in prime time if it is awarded a second Winston Cup event for 2005, PIR president Bryan Sperber said Thursday. PIR expects to make a presentation to NASCAR in September as it presses its case for a second race. Sperber said the competition for another race will be fierce as NASCAR realigns its schedule geographically to put more races in the West. "NASCAR has determined that taking two races out of the Southeast and moving them west of the Mississippi River would benefit the series long term," Sperber said. "We initially talked to NASCAR about a second race in February, and we came away with a very positive feeling from our early discussions." Sperber said a second race would happen in a window between March and May. PIR would keep its October or November date. The Winston Cup race drew an estimated 110,000 to the track in Avondale, about 20 miles southwest of Phoenix, last year. "Our biggest competition for a second race will be Kansas City," Sperber said. "If NASCAR goes with Kansas City, it would be a good decision, because they have great support from everyone in the state. And they have some great sponsors.(Arizona Daily Star)(8-26-2003)

  • Hospitality Packages Going Fast In Phoenix: Experience racing like never before! Nothing makes the weekend more complete than enjoying the races at Phoenix International Raceway with hospitality, and that is apparent by the large number of race fans making the decision to enjoy the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Checker Auto Parts 500 weekend in comfort through one of several hospitality packages that are offfered. In the last few weeks, phones have been kept busy at PIR with fans looking to purchase hospitality packages, or add hospitality packages onto an already made ticket purchase. Either way, the packages are going fast! PIR offers fans five hospitality packages - Fan Club, Victory Cirlce, Busch Party Pack, Mirage Club and Valley of the Sun. The VIctory Circle hospitality package is sold out. More info at (602) 252-2227 or go to www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(8-13-2003)

  • PIR's Fan of the Month for June: Dianna Lunsford of Gilbert, AZ, has been selected Phoenix International Raceway Fan of the Month for June. Lunsford, who has been attending races at PIR since 1994, will receive a prize pack consisting of various racing items. Dianna joins William Chapin and John Andrews as the first three winners of this award. Like William and John, Dianna is now eligible for Phoenix International Raceway's ultimate prize, the 2003 PIR Fan of the Year. The PIR Fan of the Year will have the opportunity to be introduced before a packed stadium at the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Havoline (Oct. 30 - Nov.2). Anyone interested in being selected PIR Fan of the Month can sign up on the PIR website, www.phoenixraceway.com.(see full story at the PIR site)(7-18-2003)

  • Phoenix still hunting for a 2nd Cup date: It's already been a busy summer for Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan Sperber, who continues to lobby and pound the pavement for a second NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. Although NASCAR officials chose California Speedway over PIR and Kansas Speedway for a second additional race in 2004, Sperber retains hope PIR will join the list of tracks with two annual stops by the 2005 season. NASCAR isn't through realigning its schedule, which includes adding second races to single-race markets that would benefit the overall health of the sanctioning body, and PIR and Kansas appear to be high on the list to receive a second race. But it's likely only one of the racetracks will receive NASCAR approval for an additional event.(Arizona Republic)(7-18-2003)

  • Phoenix Single Event Tickets On Sale: Single-day tickets for the Checker Auto Parts 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Weekend will go on sale Tuesday, June 24. The four days of racing at Phoenix International Raceway will feature the Cruise America 125 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series race on October 30, the Chevy Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on October 31, the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Busch Series race on November 1, and the Checker Auto Parts 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on November 2. On Friday night following the Chevy Silverado 150 Craftsman Truck race, fans will have the chance to participate in "PIR After Dark" - the first fan experience festival to be held at the track. "PIR After Dark" will feature driver appearances, live entertainment, interactive NASCAR and IRL displays, fireworks and much more. Entry to "PIR After Dark" will be free to anyone attending the truck race, and $20 for those interested in just attending the event that night. All tickets can be purchase by phone (602-252-2227) or 1-800-PIT-SHOP; in person at the track's downtown Phoenix ticket office at the Arizona Center (3rd Street and Van Buren), or through the PIR website.(6-17-2003)

  • No 2nd Phoenix Race: Phoenix International Raceway won't receive a highly coveted second NASCAR Winston Cup Series race in 2004. But neither will Kansas Speedway. Both tracks were shut out in their bids to attract second race dates, but not California Speedway. International Speedway Corp., which owns the three racetracks, has scheduled a news conference today at Michigan Speedway to announce it is pulling one of two races from its track in Rockingham, N.C., and shifting it to the California oval. No other race additions or deletions are expected for the 2004 season, but nothing is confirmed until NASCAR releases next year's complete schedule. What is confirmed is Rockingham is losing a race and Fontana, Calif., is gaining one.(Arizona Republic)(6-13-2003)

  • Update on Phoenix Work: Phoenix International Raceway, the design for which resulted in a quirky, misshapen, 1-mile oval four decades ago, is undergoing a makeover intended to alter Turn 2 and a portion of the backside straightaway. Construction recently began to extend the Turn 2 wall outward and create a significantly wider racing surface. Although the dogleg along the back straightaway remains, it won't be so pronounced with the new design, which is intended to rid the "pinching-down effect" now associated with Turn 2. "The new Turn 2 is going to do two things," PIR President Bryan Sperber said. "It's going to make the track a little faster, but more importantly, it's going to create a new passing zone." It's going to do something else, too. It's going to alter a track unlike any other. Although NASCAR officials and some drivers approve of the changes, which could also reduce accidents and increase safety, other drivers aren't exactly throwing a party in favor of the new design. "I don't like it," said Billy Boat, who has logged nearly as many laps at PIR as anyone from the Valley. "Turn 2 and that dogleg is what makes it so unique." Construction will necessitate adding some banking to the new Turn 2 at the point where the wall is being extended outward to connect to the current crossover opening for infield vehicular access. A temporary wall also is being constructed where the crossover is now because a permanent opening no longer is needed due to a vehicle/pedestrian tunnel being built in Turn 4. Both projects are proceeding simultaneously, and completion is expected near the end of August, which should allow about four to five weeks of curing before a NASCAR Winston West/Southwest Series doubleheader scheduled Oct. 4-5. Both projects are expected to cost a combined $6 million.(Arizona Republic)(5-30-2003)

  • Phoenix News: Phoenix Intl Raceway has new ticket hours: 9:00am 5:30pm/pt [12:30-8:30pm/et] Monday through Friday. At other times, including weekends, tickets can be purchased by phone at (602) 252-2227 or 1-800-PITSHOP, and online at www.phoenixraceway.com. AND Bill Chapin of Scottsdale, AZ is PIR's April Fan of the Month and received various prizes. Fans can enter on PIR's Web site.(Arizona Republic)(5-9-2003)

  • PIR seeks aid in landing 2nd race: Phoenix International Raceway officials plan to hit the legislative road again next week, hoping to elicit support for public help in their bid to land a coveted second NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. PIR President Bryan Sperber wants to add permanent lighting surrounding the 1-mile oval and improve adjacent roads, enticements that could help persuade NASCAR to award the Avondale track an additional race in 2004 or beyond. PIR, Kansas Speedway and California Speedway are actively pursuing second races. Word on pit road is the Fontana, Calif., facility has the inside track for one of two races that NASCAR said could be added to next year's schedule. NASCAR announced plans in January to begin realigning the schedule as early as 2004, pulling second races from existing racetracks and shifting them to more marketable single-race venues.(Arizona Republic)(4-19-2003)

  • NASCAR Happy with changes at Phoenix: A project to widen the racing surface at Phoenix International Raceway by repositioning the outer concrete wall near the exit of Turn 2 is getting a nod of approval from NASCAR officials. "It's a great idea," NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said. "I really think it will enhance competition because drivers are pinched the way it is now when they come out of that corner. This frees them up." The Turn 2 wall ends abruptly before picking up again along the back straightaway near the dogleg. The opening is one of two in that area. The first gap allows safety vehicles to be positioned just off the racing surface, and the second opening nearer the dogleg is how infield traffic crosses the racetrack. The plan is to connect the walls, but to do so in a way that would enlarge the racing surface and create a more rounded effect in Turn 2. Although PIR will retain a small, movable opening near where the current crossover is now, most of the infield traffic will be shifted to Turn 4, where a vehicular/pedestrian tunnel will be constructed at the same time as the Turn 2 project starts sometime around mid-May.(Arizona Republic)(3-28-2003)

  • Phoenix to Build Tunnel and other improvements: Construction soon will begin to build a vehicular/pedestrian tunnel beneath Turn 4 and to reconfigure Turn 2 and the dogleg forming the back straightaway at Phoenix International Raceway. PIR President Bryan Sperber said construction on the two projects, although still on the architectural drawing board, likely will begin in May, and completion is expected long before the next scheduled event in early October. Sperber, who has discussed the Turn 2 project with NASCAR and Indy Racing League officials, wants to widen the turn and make it more of a sweeping corner, similar to Turns 3 and 4. Currently, the outer concrete wall is designed in such a way that it pinches and significantly narrows the turn. "I believe a redesign would enhance the racing action," Sperber said. "Right now they (drivers) sort of get choked down coming out of that turn. If it were wider, it would open things up and create another passing zone. I think drivers are happy the way it is now, but I think they'll be more happy with a new reconfiguration." Sperber said part of the grassy infield along the dogleg could also be paved to create more racing surface.(Arizona Republic)(3-21-2003)

  • Phoenix looking for a 2nd Cup race: Phoenix International Raceway officials are working to land a second NASCAR Winston Cup race, a move that could bring a $200 million economic impact annually. But, to capture the race, the track likely will have to make improvements relating to access and lighting that it can't afford to make alone. PIR is working closely with the Arizona Department of Commerce to find funds to finance such projects, but state budgets are tight and the timetable is short. NASCAR is expected to move two races out of the Southeast over the next two years, and PIR is battling with cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles and Kansas City for a new event. PIR has hosted a Winston Cup event since 1988. Bryan Sperber, president of PIR, said he has been working with DOC to identify economic development dollars that may be available for track improvements. Sperber said PIR's Achilles heel may be providing improved access to the facility if it were expanded. The DOC is working with PIR to provide funds that could be put toward more roads leading in and out of the facility. "If we grow the stadium from 78,000 to 94,000 seats, our roads couldn't support it," he said. Sperber also wants to demonstrate the facility is continuing to improve. The track last summer made $10 million in improvements with the addition of a 3-acre concourse and 14 luxury suites. More improvements are in the planning stage.(in part for the Business Journal)(3-18-2003)

  • Phoenix and Lights? Phoenix International Raceway wants taxpayers to help pay for new track lights and adjacent road improvements to help land another NASCAR race. A proposed additional spring race would provide a huge economic windfall to the Valley and complement the Checker Auto Parts 500 in the fall, PIR President Bryan Sperber said Friday. The Checker race accounts for an estimated $59 million in direct spending in metropolitan Phoenix, the biggest sports-related economic impact on the community outside of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, according to an Arizona State University study. Sperber has had discussions with Avondale, Maricopa County, the state, U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl and the Gila River Indian Community. County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox said she was huddling with staff Tuesday to find a way to help PIR, which has not disclosed how much it would contribute. Sperber's request has become common in the Valley, where taxpayers have footed the bill for major sports corporations. Glendale, for example, is paying $180 million toward the Phoenix Coyotes' new arena, and Phoenix is paying $10 million toward renovations at America West Arena. Maricopa County taxpayers paid $238 million to finance most of Bank One Ballpark. A total price tag has not been disclosed, but Sperber said the lights would cost $4.8 million. Avondale is spending $12.2 million to widen 115th Avenue to seven lanes from two on about 1.5 miles from Interstate 10 to Buckeye Road, according to the city. Developers already have widened the next mile to Lower Buckeye Road to five lanes. That would leave approximately two miles of two-lane road to PIR to be renovated.(Arizona Republic)(3-1-2003)

  • Phoenix selling Tix in Las Vegas: Ticket reps of Phoenix International Raceway will be in Las Vegas at the NASCAR Cafe in front the Sahara during the Cup weekend selling tickets for their race weekend Oct 30-Nov 2.(PIR PR)(2-26-2003)

  • Phoenix Tix go on sale Tues: Two-day ticket packages for the 16th annual NASCAR Winston Cup Series Checker Auto Parts 500 Weekend at Phoenix International Speedway (Oct. 30-Nov. 2) go on sale Tuesday, February 18 at 9 a.m. (MST). The packages can be purchased online (at phoeinxraceway.com), or by calling the PIR ticket office at 602-252-2227. Thursday and Friday single-event tickets are also for sale.(PIR PR)(2-18-2003)

  • Prusinski Named PIR Public Relations Manager: Bryan Sperber, President of Phoenix International Raceway, announced this afternoon that long-time sports public relations specialist Mike Prusinski has been named PIR Public Relations Manager. Prusinski replaces Kenny Kane who became the Vice President of Communications at Daytona International Speedway earlier this month. Prusinski comes to PIR after just one year as the Director of Marketing Communications at the Verizon Byron Nelson Classic in Dallas, Texas. Prior to working with the PGA Tour, he spent 14 years in the athletic media relations department at the University of Oklahoma. He began at OU in 1987 as an assistant and was named director in 1994. He served as the director until May of 2001 when he resigned to spend more time with his family and work in professional golf. In his only year working the a PGA Tour event, Prusinski was responsible for developing the first advertising and marketing plan for the tournament, created a year-round media plan and supervised all interview requests for the tournament's namesake, Byron Nelson. During his tenure at OU, Prusinski won numerous awards for media guides and programs, hosted large media events and directed promotional campaigns for some of the prestigious collegiate awards. A 1984 graduate of Murray State (Ky.) University, Prusinski also served as an assistant media relations director at the University of Kansas and University of Colorado before moving to Oklahoma. Prusinski and his wife, Kathryn, have been married five years and have three children: Matt (18), Mitch (11) and Abigail (3).(PIR PR)(12-12-2002)

  • Phoenix tix on sale Nov 18th: Phoenix International Raceway has announced that season tickets for its 15-race 2003 season will go on sale Monday, November 18th by phone and at its downtown Phoenix ticket office at the Arizona Center or at the track November 18-23. PIR's 2003 schedule begins in February with NASCAR Winter Heat, followed by the four-race Copper World Indy 200 March 21-23. The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series runs May 2-3, featuring the all new Daytona Prototypes plus the GT and GTS classes.. Following the new October 4-5 NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend will be the October 30-November 2 Checker Auto Parts 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race, including the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Busch Series race, the Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, and the Cruise America 125 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series race. Season tickets will be available for purchase by phone (602-252-2227), in person at the track's downtown Phoenix ticket office at the Arizona Center, 3rd Street and Van Buren. Select a seat hours at the track are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm November 18 through November 23.(PIR PR)(11-18-2002)

  • Phoenix Cup Race Reserved Seats Sold Out: All reserved seats for the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil NASCAR Winston Cup Series race scheduled for Sunday, November 10 at Phoenix International Raceway are sold out, track officials announced today. For fans that missed out on the grandstand seats, hillside tickets are still available and are only $30 for Sunday"s race. Single day grandstand tickets for the BGN on Saturday, the CTS on Friday and Thursdays Featherlite Southwest Series Cruise America 125 are still available. Tickets are available at the track or the downtown Phoenix ticket office, 3rd Street and Van Buren, in the Arizona Center; by phone, at 602-252-2227, or online.(PIR PR)(11-7-2002)

  • McGriff co-grand marshal at PIR: Checker Auto Parts has announced that NASCAR legend Hershel McGriff, will join CSK Auto, Inc. CEO Maynard Jenkins as Grand Marshal for the November 10th Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). McGriff who recently retired from NASCAR competition at the age of 74 will be on hand as PIR and Checker Auto Parts celebrate the career of one of the west's most noted NASCAR drivers of the past 50 years. McGriff began his racing career at the age of 17 in Portland, Oregon, where he would borrow his father's 1940 Hudson, tie the doors shut, paint a number on the side of the car and go racing. Early in his racing career McGriff met Bill France Sr. at the Pan American road race in Mexico and they became great friends. France later invited McGriff to compete in the very first Southern 500 at Darlington, where he finished 9th after driving his Ürace car" cross-country before driving it back home. In 1954 McGriff moved to Daytona Beach to race more while helping France build NASCAR through public relations appearances. McGriff has competed against three generations of Petty's and raced in four different decades. He is the all-time race-winner at Riverside, and he even raced a NASCAR Winston Cup Series car in the 24 hours of LeMans. He's been a NASCAR Winston West Series champion and was named that series' Most Popular Driver a record 12 consecutive years. He also has the distinction of being named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers. Tickets for any and all races are available at the track downtown ticket office, 3rd Street and Van Buren, in the Arizona Center; by phone, at 602-252-2227, or online at www.phoenixinternationalraceway.com.(PIR PR)(11-5-2002)

  • Def Leppard at Phoenix: As if four NASCAR-sanctioned races, two evening concerts at the Oasis, an expanded midway and several driver appearances at various fan hospitality areas weren't enough, Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) announced that internationally-acclaimed rock band Def Leppard will entertain race fans prior to the start of the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil on Sunday, November 10. Widely regarded as one of the main architects of the anthemic pop/metal and larger than life rock n' roll, Def Leppard recently released their tenth album, "X", on July 30th on Island Records. Their newest album debuted at #11 on Billboard's Top 200, selling over 71,000 in just one week. To date, the band has sold over 45 million albums, a feat not many bands and only a handful of British artists have been able to achieve. The band is scheduled to perform songs from their newest album prior to driver introductions on Sunday morning along PIR's frontstretch. Tickets for any and all races are available at the track downtown ticket office, 3rd Street and Van Buren, in the Arizona Center; by phone, at 602-252-2227, or online at www.phoenixinternationalraceway.com.(PIR PR)(10-30-2002)

  • Phoenix Nearly Sold Out: Tickets for the Nov. 10 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway are going fast - so fast that racetrack officials expect the race to be sold out midway through next week. Although an unlimited number of hillside tickets overlooking Turns 3 and 4 are available for $30 ($5 discount coupons at Circle K), reserved grandstand seating is limited. The only remaining seats are priced at $35 and $45 and are located near the dogleg along the backstretch. Remaining tickets for the NASCAR Busch Series Bashas' 200 on Nov. 9 are priced at $45 and $50. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Silverado 150 on Nov. 8 has $25, $30 and $35 tickets left, and tickets for the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series Cruise America 125 on Nov. 7 are priced at $15.(Arizona Republic)(10-25-2002)

  • Phoenix and Fathers: Phoenix International Raceway has announced a unique new Father's Day promotion that lets family members give Dad a ride in the Official Chevy Pace Car, tickets to an upcoming 2002 race, an approved PIR cooler, plus a keepsake photograph documenting the experience. For two days only, on Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, Dads and their families are invited out to the track to purchase two tickets to either the September 21-22 Truxpo Truck Tour/Monster Truck & Low Rider event, or one of the four NASCAR races November 7-10. With each ticket purchase, all fathers will be treated to a pace car ride and then a stop in Victory Lane for a commemorative photo. Finally, Dad will receive an event-approved soft-sided PIR can cooler filled with gift certificates. The track will be open from 8:00am until 1:00pm both days, June 15 and 16, to accommodate just about everyone's Father's Day plans or traditions.(PIR PR)(6-4-2002)

  • Phoenix and Motorhomes: Phoenix International Raceway has announced that all remaining motorhome spaces in the outside reserved motorhome lot, also known as Cruise America Motorhome City, for the annual Fall NASCAR Checker Auto Parts 500 Weekend will go on sale at 9:00am/pt Monday, May 6th, or 'Motorhome Monday.' Motorhome Monday is when the spaces that remain after last year's space renewals are confirmed go on sale to the general public. The 20X40' spaces are $125 each and available for occupation from the Monday prior to race weekend until the Monday after. Water, pumping, and propane services are available for a fee, but no hook ups. Motorhome guests can also take advantage of the new Bashas' Market, free showers, and the nearby Oasis Sports Bar. The track also offers a limited amount of free RV space in the adjoining Estrella Regional Park. For more info see the Phoenix International Raceway site.(5-6-2002)

  • Phoenix BGN Sponsor: Phoenix International Raceway has announced that Phoenix-based Bashas' Supermarkets has entered into a multi-year comprehensive marketing agreement which will include title-rights sponsorship of the annual Fall NASCAR Busch Series race. The Saturday, November 9, 2002 NASCAR Busch Series race will be titled the Bashas' 200. Bashas' also will bring neighborhood grocery store convenience to race goers through the creation of a special Bashas' Market at PIR. Bashas' will sponsor free showers at the raceway during race week. Bashas' will co-sponsor the KidZone play area. Bashas' customers will be offered special race ticket pricing with their Bashas' Thank You Card. Bashas' has 127 stores in four formats serving every county in Arizona as well as locations in Needles, Calif., and Crownpoint, NM.(PIR PR)(4-17-2002)

  • Phoenix Tix Available: 4 Days, 4 Races, 4 Ways to Order Tickets. Tickets for the 2002 NASCAR Weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are now available by phone at 602-252-2227. That means fans can order tickets for any or all of the four great races that will take place at the 'Desert Jewel' November 7-10. On Nov 7 it's the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series 125, Nov. 8 the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Silverado 150, Nov. 9.the NASCAR Busch Series 200 and Nov. 10 the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Checker Auto Parts 500k. Tickets can be ordered by:
    1. By phone, at 602-252-2227.
    2. Online, using the new PIR 3-D seating map, at www.phoenixinternationalraceway.com
    3. In person, at the track's downtown Ticket Office/Race Shop.at the Arizona Center, 2nd floor, above the AMC Theaters, at 3rd Street and Van Buren.
    4. By mail, by sending your ticket orders and payment to Phoenix International Raceway, P.O. Box 13088, Phoenix, AZ 85002.(PIR PR)(3-28-2002)

  • Changes at Phoenix, Watkins Glen and ISC: In an effort to sell even more tickets, International Speedway Corp., whose many racetrack holdings include Phoenix International Raceway, has created a new position for Robin Braig, PIR executive vice president and general manager. Braig was promoted Tuesday to ISC vice president of consumer sales and marketing. ISC is based in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Braig's new position necessitates a move to the Florida seaside city, where he will begin work April 1. Replacing Braig is Bryan Sperber, who since 1997 has been president of Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. Braig said there are no immediate plans to expand permanent seating, which can accommodate about 77,000 fans. A capital improvements package, however, will be announced in about a month.(Airzona Republic)
    AND Craig Rust, who has served as president and general manager at Nazareth Speedway for the past two years, has been named president of Watkins Glen International. Rust replaces Bryan Sperber who will now serve as president of Phoenix International Raceway. Both facilities are owned by International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a motorsports entertainment company based in Daytona Beach, FL. Rust will continue his duties as president and general manager of Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania. As president, Rust oversees all operations of both facilities, including marketing, corporate sales, administration, public relations, ticketing and maintenance.(Watkins Glen PR)(3-22-2002)

  • Jobe Retires: Phoenix International Raceway has announced that Emmett ÜBuddy" Jobe, the track's president and former owner, will retire five years after selling the track to International Speedway Corporation. Jobe purchased the one-mile paved oval racetrack in 1985 as a land investment, but quickly became enthused about the fabled facility and its potential as an integral part of Arizona's economy. He quickly began making improvements to the facility with an eye toward securing a date on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule. In 1988, that dream became a reality, followed by the addition of a Truck Series event. In 1997, after turning what was once considered a white elephant racetrack in Avondale into the state's largest privately held economic impact contributor (over $272 million per year), Jobe sold the track to International Speedway Corporation. After selling the track, Jobe remained with Phoenix International Raceway as President, overseeing continued improvements as the track acquired a NASCAR Busch Series race and later a Grand American Rolex event. Phoenix International Raceway will honor Buddy Jobe with several salutes this weekend, including pre-race activities and the renaming of the original turn one suite building as the "Buddy Jobe Suites."(PIR PR)(3-16-2002)

  • Phoenix Tix: Phoenix International Raceway recently starting selling tickets for the fall 2002 four-race NASCAR Weekend, via the track's Internet website at www.phoenixinternationalraceway.com. Reserved seat tickets will be made available for the individual Friday, Saturday, or Sunday races. The track also offers two-race reserved seat packages, plus the exclusive Fan Club package that includes VIP Suite accommodations for all four days of racing. General admission tickets will also be made available for sale on Tuesday.(PIR PR)(2-21-2002)

  • Pepsi and PIR: Phoenix International Raceway has announced that Pepsi-Cola has been named the new Official Soft Drink at the historic track.. The multi-year agreement will include signage, exclusive pouring rights, and promotional opportunities for all events at PIR. Pepsi-Cola is the title sponsor of International Speedway Corporation track-hosted Winston Cup Series races in Daytona, Fla. (Pepsi 400), Brooklyn, Mich. (Pepsi 400) and Darlington, S.C. (Mountain Dew Southern 500). Under the new agreement, The Pepsi Bottling Group will provide PIR guests with a wide range of beverages, including Pepsi-Cola, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Aquafina bottled water, Lipton Brisk Iced Tea and Starbucks Frappuccino.(PIR PR)(2-2-2002)

  • Phoenix Gets a Sponsor: Phoenix-based Checker Schuck's Kragen, which for the past two years shared title sponsorship with Dura Lube, has agreed to become the sole sponsor of the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway through 2004. This year's race, set for Oct. 28, will be called the Checker Auto Parts 500. Pennzoil will be a presenting sponsor. PIR's title sponsorship became available 2 1/2 months ago when Dura Lube, which was in the final year of a three-year agreement, unexpectedly pulled its sponsorship. Financial terms weren't released, but PIR's former agreement with Dura Lube, which sold part of the title sponsorship to Checker, was believed to be worth about $3.5 million over three years.(Arizona Republic)(9-8-2001)

  • Phoenix Leader Board Damaged: Monsoon storms snapped power poles in the southwest Valley, knocked over the laps leader board at Phoenix International Raceway and pounded Scottsdale on Tuesday. Only days after a Scottsdale neighborhood was pounded by a microburst, the same area was hit by a brief downpour. A tree was blown over, snapping a power pole can causing a power outage. Streets were flooded, and many drivers heading to the East Valley suburbs had a wet commute home. The storms also made their presence known in the West Valley. A huge wall of clouds rolled over Avondale, Goodyear, Tolleson and Glendale. At Phoenix International Raceway, high winds also knocked over the laps leader board in the track infield(Arizona Republic)(7-20-2001)

  • Dura-Lube drops Phoenix race: A recent 11th-hour decision by Dura Lube officials to pull the sponsorship plug for the Oct. 28 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway may make it difficult to rein in a replacement at such a late date. Despite a softening economy, PIR officials are "extremely confident" a new title sponsor will be secured. "The timing of this is unusual, but we'll find a sponsor," PIR general manager Robin Braig said. "The market is hot for NASCAR." Dura Lube, whose parent company is The Media Group, paid approximately $3 million to become PIR's Winston Cup sponsor for three years beginning in 1999. Dura Lube also is the title sponsor for a Winston Cup race in Rockingham, NC. Efforts to reach Dura Lube officials for comment were unsuccessful. Braig is in Florida and has discussed such a relationship with officials from Outback Steakhouse, which in 1999 signed a three-year agreement worth about $200,000 annually to be the title sponsor for PIR's Busch Series race. "We've got some real good leads, but we also think Outback would be a great sponsor for (the Winston Cup) race," said Kenny Kane, PIR director of business development. "We think we can have it done within the next month."(Arizona Republic)(6-27-2001)

  • Phoenix Tix: Individual race tickets for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series stop Oct. 28 at Phoenix International Raceway go on sale Tuesday(June 26th). Prices range from $35-$95. Tickets also can be purchased for the NASCAR Busch Series race Oct. 27, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Oct. 26 and the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series race Oct. 25. Tickets can be purchased by mail, phone or online at www.phoenixinternationalraceway.com. Call (602) 252-2227 for information.(Arizona Republic)(6-23-2001)

  • Phoenix Date to Change? While not official until NASCAR says so, speculation that the traditional season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway is going to a new home appears to be true, and Phoenix could be involved in the shuffle. Atlanta racetrack officials are tired of battling foul weather every November and privately have asked for a date change, which NASCAR is going to grant. But moving the Atlanta stop to, say, early or mid-October means additional juggling. To accommodate the Atlanta request, Homestead-Miami Speedway would host the new season closer and the Dura Lube 500 at Phoenix International Raceway likely would be pushed back two weeks, to Nov. 10, which probably wouldn't upset PIR officials. Not only are Valley temperatures likely to be significantly cooler 10 days into November, the series championship has a much stronger chance of being decided at PIR on the new date than with the track's current spot on the NASCAR calendar. This year's race is Oct. 28, which is stop No. 33 on a 36-race schedule.(Arizona Republic)(6-20-2001)

  • PIR to double: Phoenix Intl Raceway officials have a five- to eight-year plan to double seating capacity to 150,000. Capacity now is 74,480, which doesn't include suites, infield and hillside seating(Arizona Republic)(11-5-2000)

  • Phoenix to honor the Military: Phoenix International Raceway has announced a special discount offer for all military personnel for this weekend's 4-day Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500 NASCAR event. Anyone who presents their valid military I.D. will receive free admission on Thursday, November 3, 2000(PIR PR)(10-30-2000)

  • PIR Supermarket: Phoenix International Raceway has announced a new marketing partnership agreement with Albertsons that includes race sponsorship plus an all-new, mini-sized Albertsons grocery store at the track during NASCAR Weekend. The new Albertsons Raceway Market will be located in the center of the Cruise America Motorhome City area, at the southwest side of the property, to serve the thousands of NASCAR fans who stay in their motorhomes. It will open Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000 at noon and remain open until 10 p.m. that night. Albertsons Raceway Market will then be open from 6:00 AM until 10:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of race week.(PIR PR)(10-28-2000)

  • Phoenix Grand Marshal and National Anthem: United States Senator Jon Kyl has been announced as the Grand Marshal for the November 2-5 Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500, Outback Steakhouse 200, and Albertsons/Osco Drug125 NASCAR weekend at Phoenix International Raceway and Capitol recording artist Steve Wariner has accepted an invitation from Phoenix International Raceway to sing the National Anthem prior to the start of Cup race(PIR PR)(10-25-2000)

  • Phoenix Four Races: Phoenix International Raceway has released its 2001 schedule which culminates with a new date and additional race for its fall NASCAR weekend. Next year, the NASCAR Winston Cup Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500, NASCAR Busch Series Outback Steakhouse 200 and NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series 125 races will be joined by a 150 mile race for the NASCAR Craftstman Truck Series. The October 25-28, 2001 race weekend will be one week earlier than its traditional date on the calendar(PIR PR)(8-29-2000)

  • Phoenix Race Date Moved back a week? To avoid a conflict with the CART season finale at California Speedway in 2001, the Cup race at Phoenix likely will be held in late October rather than the first Sunday in November. CART released its schedule last week, and next year's finale is Nov. 4.(Arizona Republic) but supposedly Talladega and Rockingham already announced their Fall 2001 dates: Oct 21st/Talladega, Oct 28th/Rockingham.(8-12-2000)
  • Phoenix Camping: Phoenix International Raceway had made available all remaining reserved motorhome spaces for the Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500 weekend Nov. 2-5. A limited number of spaces remain following the July 21 renewal period deadline. In order to satisfy anticipated demand, Motorhome City was expanded by 600 additional spaces. Some of the conveniences available to campers include temporary showers and restrooms, a general store and other enhancements to be announced at a later date. Motorhome City will operate October 30 through November 6. For more information see the PIR Site(7-31-2000)

  • Phoenix Story: PIR layout not a concern - Flat tracks scrutinized after deaths by Mark Armijo of the Arizona Republic(7-15-2000)

  • Phoenix Story: PIR to run 4 races in Winston week? by Mark Armijo of the Arizona Republic(7-1-2000)

  • Phoenix Story: Although the same officials that control NASCAR also control International Speedway Corp., which purchased Phoenix Interational Raceway three years ago, it's not likely the 1-mile track is high on the pecking list for a 2nd race. But apparently, neither is California Speedway, which ISC also owns. Or immaculate facilities such as Bruton Smith-owned Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway(Arizona Republic)(5-20-2000)

  • Phoenix News: PRI has added new restrooms, concession areas, media centers and permanent garage structures. A road course was built into the infield; new VIP suites buildings were raised; a crossover bridge was constructed; and acres of the surrounding desert were graded for more parking. All these improvements were more than necessary, as the growth of racing nationwide and, especially, the arrival of NASCAR Winston Cup racing made PIR a place where the crowds continue to grow each year. The latest big change is the removal of Stagecoach Hill. Recently, over a one-month period, PIR blasted away the huge mound of earth and rock behind Turn 2, right in the middle of a newer parking area. Half a million cubic yards of desert was relocated, and 100 acres of new parking space was created. Also PIR, in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), Maricopa County Flood Control District (MCFCD), FNF Construction and Sundt Construction Company, has developed an extensive traffic plan as a result of monthly meetings that began in November 1998. (NOL)(10-21-1999)

  • Phoenix News: the Phoenix BGN race sponsor will be Outback Steak House, who signed a three year deal to do so recently. The debut BGN event is 11/6(GoRacing)(6-10-1999)

  • Phoenix Changes: Phase Two of improvements at PIR includes a 6,000 seat addition to the Bobby Allison Grandstand outside Turn 2. But the changes don't stop there as other improvements include a 1,440 square-foot addition being built onto the existing infield media center, as well as bringing in a festival-type mall area into the infield. The mini-mall will sell souvenirs and will it include a restaurant and bar. This area will be open only on race weekends. Also, to accommodate the NASCAR Busch Series and Featherlite Southwest Series competitors, working areas and parking for those series' haulers, drivers and owners will be paved(goRacing)(5-26-1999)

  • Phoenix: Tickets for the 1999 Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500 at Phoenix are available online at the DaytonaUSA Site, now(4-25-1999)

  • UPDATE: Phoenix International Raceway is talking to NASCAR about a BGN race there in 1999. The track will only have one truck race in 1999, in the spring to run the same weekend as the IRL. The BGN race would be held the same weekend as the 1999 Cup race, if it happens.(JournalNow)(10-18-1998) -- Bill Weber of RPM2Nite said this will happen and will be announced Friday the 23rd.(10-22-1998)

  • Local Phoenix racing news website: Phoenix Republic Speed Page.(10-20-1998)

  • If you want to go to the Dura-Lube 500 at Phoenix on 10-25, then Tuesday(6-23) is a day to mark on your calendar. Tickets for the Phoenix race go on sale that day at 10am/ET. Tickets can be purchased by calling (800) 638-4253. There is a limit of eight tickets for the Winston Cup race. Tickets will also be sold for Friday's Winston Cup qualifying and Saturday's NASCAR Truck and Southwest series races.)That's Racin')(6-18-1998)

  • From the Arizona Republic(newspaper): Bill France was visiting Phoenix Raceway recently and he was asked where PIR ranks with other tracks that are hoping to obtain a 2nd Cup date. As quoted from the Republic, France answered, "Behind California Speedway, but ahead of Watkins Glen." He was also asked where the new Texas Motor Speedway ranks, France responded, "I'd say Phoenix is even with Texas. The hot topic these days is when will there be a second race at Texas?" France said. "Why Texas? Why not Phoenix a second time? Nobody talks about that." France also was quoted as saying, " Some racetracks out there want three or four races. That's why we we didn't go back to Texas (a second time in 98'). Las Vegas was built, and I think that crews would rather go to Vegas once than Texas twice. It's not so much that there is anything wrong with Texas. Teams and sponsors just prefer going to Vegas. Some of the drivers would just as soon say one time is enough at Texas." The article also mentions that PIR will likely get a Busch Series race, which one source said has already been promised to Phoenix. If not in 1998, then 1999. Here is the link, it took a while to find Arizona Republic(thanks Don and Tinadog)(9-28-1997)

  • ISC Purchases Phoenix International Raceway(PIR). International Speedway Corporation, which owns Daytona Int'l Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Darlington Raceway, Watkins Glen Int'l and Tucson Raceway Park, will announce Monday its purchase of Phoenix International Raceway. ISC is run by Bill France. Current owner Buddy Jobe is expected to remain as the operator of the track(7-13-1997)

    Phoenix International Raceway expansion news: A legislative appropriation to build a $12.8 million, 5 lane bridge over the Gila River at 115th Avenue was signed last month. When the bridge is finished in about 18 months, it will eliminate a troublesome bottleneck for the track, which has had to cancel races some years because of flooding. The raceway will install 25,000 new fixed seats, bringing grandstand capacity to 90,000. The improvements should be complete for the WC 1998-99 race(6-13-1997)

  • Per Phoenix papers Richard Petty , Rupert Murdoch (Fox) and a limited partnership of investors are also looking at buying Phoenix which IS for sale?(3-7-1997)


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