PIR Ticket Office Phone Room 1-866-408-RACE (7223).
PIR Administration Office (623) 463-5400
(623) 463-5501 (Fax)
125 S. Avondale Blvd., Suite 200
Avondale, AZ 85323
7602 S. Avondale Blvd.
Avondale, AZ 85323
Degree of Banking: Turns 1-2: 11 degrees; Turns 3-4: 9 degrees
Frontstretch: Length: 1,179 feet, Banking: None
Backstretch: Length: 1,551 feet, Banking: None
Pit Road: Length: 1,140
Grandstand seating: 51,000 [was 55,000, 67,000 and 76,812]
Length: 30 feet
Width: 17 feet
2016 March Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 113.312mph, started 18th
2015 November Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 106.512mph, started 3rd
Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 118.132mph
Slowest Race Record: Al Kulwicki, 1988, 90.457mph
Oldest Race Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 3 months, 9 days, 4/18/2009
Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 5 months, 11 days, 11/13/2005
2016 March Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 138.387mph, finished 4th
2015 November Pole Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 143.158mph, finished 5th
Track Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson, 11/15/2015, 143.158mph
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 54 years, 1 month, 23 days, 3/1/2013
Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 11 months, 20 days, 4/22/2006
Most Races: Mark Martin & Jeff Gordon, 34
Most Wins: Kevin Harvick, 8; Jimmie Johnson, 4
Most Poles: Ryan Newman, 4; Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, 3
Most Top 5s: Jimmie Johnson 15; Kevin Harvick, 12; Denny Hamlin, 10
Most Top 10s: Jeff Gordon, 24; Mark Martin, 21; Jimmie Johnson, 19
Most Lead Changes: 28 - 2/27/2011
Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 11/4/1990
Most Leaders: 15 - 3/4/2012
Fewest Leaders: 2 - 11/4/1990
Most Cautions: 12 - 11/9/2014
Most Caution Laps: 66, 11/2/2003
Fewest Cautions: 2 - 11/7/1999 & 11/15/2015
Fewest Caution Laps: 10, 11/7/1999
Most on the Lead Lap: 29 - 11/2/2003
Fewest on the Lead Lap: 3 - 10/30/1994
Most Running at the Finish: 41 - five times, last on 11/15/2015
Fewest Running at the Finish: 27 - 11/5/1989
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Ricky Rudd, 1995, started 29th
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 264 - Kevin Harvick, 11/9/2014
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 10 - Kevin Harvick 4/22/2006
Most Wins by a Manufacturer: 22 - Chevy; 14 - Ford; 2 - Toyota; 2 - Pontiac
Harvick wins at Phoenix: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Good Sam 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 8th win in at Phoenix and 32nd career win. Harvick led 139 of the 312 laps. He has now led more than 100 laps in the last 5 races at Phoenix.
After a late caution, the race restarted with "NASCAR Overtime" and Harvick held off #19-Edwards, beating him to the finish line by .01 second, the closest finish ever at Phoenix.
#11-Hamlin finished 3rd, followed by #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #41-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #24-Elliott, #3-Dillon, and #21-Blaney.
There were 7 lead changes among 4 drivers and 5 cautions for 30 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 113.212mph.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Good Sam 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Phoenix says no decision made on track upgrades: Bryan Sperber, president of Phoenix International Raceway, told NBC Sports Friday that any talk about the track flip-flopping the frontstretch and backstretch is "all speculation at this point." International Speedway Corp., which owns the track, had no comment on a Fox Sports 1 broadcaster saying that the "rumor" is the company will flip the frontstretch and backstretch at Phoenix. During Friday's broadcast of Sprint Cup practice on Fox Sports 1, broadcaster Mike Joy said: "The rumor now is that ISC is going to take and flip-flop this track as has been done at Atlanta and Darlington and the reason is that these (frontstretch) seats face South, which means you are sun-baked all day long, so there's a possibility of making this (Joy drew on the screen along the backstretch) the frontstretch with new seats and suites." Sperber told NBC Sports: "It's no secret that we've been looking at upgrading PIR in general, and we're starting to put plans together now, but it's a long, way away from making any kind of announcement." Sperber said they're putting together a list of possible changes and examining prices for the projects.(NBC Sports)(3-12-2016)
Full weekend of entertainment at Phoenix: Race weekend entertainment for the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway will feature two new concerts as DJ Michaelis will throw a 'Spring Break After Party' following the AXALTA Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 on Saturday, March 12, while Christopher Shayne will entertain fans post-qualifying for Gatorade Pole Day on Friday, March 11. Famous for deconstructing popular music, PIR fans know DJ Michaelis for putting his own twist on the traditional driver introductions before the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. The West Coast DJ holds big room residencies in cities around the world including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Moscow and Bali, and has new Trap and Progressive House music being released later this month. Arizona's own Christopher Shayne will highlight Friday's entertainment as he will be performing a concert at the Fan Midway immediately following NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying for Gatorade Pole Day on March 11. Nationally known for his hard rock band Whiskey Six, Shayne introduces a new line-up in concert at PIR. The band brings southern-tinged desert rock with Christopher on lead vocals and guitar, playing songs with infectious hooks inspired by American music greats ranging from ZZ Top to The Black Crowes to Johnny Cash. Prior to the Good Sam 500 on Sunday, March 13, Grammy-nominated Soul Asylum will also be performing a free concert for any fan with a grandstand ticket. The multi-platinum rock group known for their 1994 hit "Runaway Train," will entertain fans in the midway area at 10:30am/mt.
Following the Spring Break After Party on the Fan Midway on Saturday, fans can make their way back to the new Busch Garage for a night concerts starting with Georgia Chrome from 7:00-9:00pm. Making his PIR debut, the local Donny Grubb Band will close out Saturday evening with a concert from 9:00-11:00pm at the Busch Garage. Race weekend entertainment officially kicks off at the Busch Garage with Harry Luge, Jr. on Thursday, March 10 from 7:00-9:00pm. He will be returning to the Busch Garage stage on Friday, March 11 from 9:00-11:00pm. Hitting the Busch Garage on Thursday night, Chad Freeman & Redline will close out Thursday night entertainment from 9:00-11:00pm. Also performing at the Busch Garage will be Arizona's original and best hair band rock show, METALHEAD, who will entertain fans on Friday from 7:00-9:00pm.(PIR)(3-10-2016)
Phoenix announces signature food and drink for race weekend: It's Spring Break, NASCAR-style, and fans coming to the Good Sam 500 race weekend are encouraged to take advantage of the exclusive food and beverage offerings - only at PIR - including the Two-wide Spicy Tempura Burger and the Fuzzy's Desert Mule. A collaboration between PIR and Americrown, the Two-wide Spicy Tempura Burger is a tempura battered all Natural grass fed-beef patty topped with ham, charred peppers, Yancy's Fancy jalapeno cayenne cheddar cheese and pineapple ketchup on a whole wheat bun. The unique twist on the classic burger was developed by Americrown's Chef Carl Van Wagner, the same chef who developed last year's popular CARBuretor Crunch. The Two-wide Spicy Tempura Burger can be purchased for $10 at the food row behind Bryan Allison and A.J. Foyt Grandstands. New this year, PIR partnered with new track sponsor the award-winning "Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka," and Chaco Flaco Unusually Delicious Drink Mixers to create the Fuzzy's Desert Mule. PIR's spin on the classic mixology includes Fuzzy's Premium Vodka, Chaco Flaco Berry Mojito Mix, Ginger Beer and ice. The 10oz signature cocktail can also be purchased at the Start Finish Line Grill or the new Busch Garage (formerly known as SPEED Cantina) for $9.(PIR)(3-9-2016)
Phoenix extends partnership with O'Reilly Auto Parts: Phoenix International Raceway announced the extension of a successful long-time partnership with O'Reilly Auto Parts, as the Missouri-based company will continue as the track's Official Auto Parts partner. "We are pleased to have a great partner like O'Reilly Auto Parts and it's always great when we continue to build our long term relationships," said track president Bryan Sperber. "A partnership with a brand familiar to NASCAR fans coast to coast is fitting for the track." The Valley of the Sun is both a key automotive market and a key market for the automotive parts business. O'Reilly has played host to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway for many years and has been the Official Auto Parts partner since 2010.(PIR)(3-8-2016)
Jordan Fisher to sing National Anthem at Phoenix: Actor and singer Jordan Fisher will be on hand to perform the National Anthem prior to the Good Sam 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 13. Fisher most recently appeared in the FOX special "Grease: Live" as 'Doody' which attracted more than 12.2 million viewers and ranked as the number one most viral special live musical event with over 162.2 million social impressions. Originally from Birmingham, Ala., he made his debut on the popular Nickelodeon series "iCarly" and later landed his first major acting role on ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." He has also appeared in Disney's "Teen Beach Movie" and "Teen Beach 2", Nickelodeon's "The Thundermans", MTV's "Teen Wolf" and currently stars on Disney's "Liv and Maddie." In addition to his on-camera roles, Jordan signed a recording deal with Hollywood Records last year and is currently in the studio working on his debut album with some of the industry's premier writers and producers. His first single off the album will be dropping this Spring.(Phoenix Raceway)(3-5-2016)
UFC Champion to drive pace car at Phoenix: Current UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz will lead the field to the green flag behind the wheel of the Official 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car at the start of the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 13. Cruz's appearance was the result of a partnership between PIR and Niner Sports & Entertainment. As the official pace car driver, the 30-year old mixed martial artist will take an honorary lap around the one-mile oval. Cruz, a native of Tucson, Ariz., is a two-time UFC bantamweight champion and former WEC champion. Undefeated since 2007, Cruz is widely considered to be one the sport's best pound-for-pound athletes with an overall record of 21-1. Known for his nonstop in-ring footwork and entertaining fight style, Cruz has become a favorite among fans every time he steps inside the Octagon. When he's not competing, Cruz also serves as an analyst for FOX Sports often breaking down UFC action on FOX Sports 1. This event marks the second appearance for Cruz as the official pace car driver for a NASCAR event at PIR, as he also served in the same role ahead of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on March 4, 2012.(PIR)(3-3-2016)
Soul Asylum performing a pre-race concert at Phoenix: Fans coming to the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway will be entertained with live music prior to the race as popular Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum rock group Soul Asylum will perform a pre-race concert in the Fan Midway area. 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 Good Sam 500. The group, which includes founding singer/guitarist Pirner with guitarist Justin Sharbono, bassist Winston Roye and drummer Michael Bland, will release its eleventh studio album, Change of Fortune, and its first for Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) in March of 2016. Soul Asylum has been inspiring rock fans since 1981, when the band, initially known as Loud Fast Rules, formed in Minneapolis. The band's raucous live sets and early releases on the hometown indie label Twin/Tone - including the albums Say What You Will, Made to Be Broken and While You Were Out - earned it a loyal fan base and widespread critical acclaim.(Phoenix Raceway)(3-1-2016)
Phoenix extends Black Friday, Cyber Monday sales through end of week: For people looking for that perfect gift for the race fan in their life, Phoenix International Raceway has extended its Black Friday and Cyber Monday special offers through the end of the week. That means four extra days to take advantage of holiday sale pricing on tickets for both the Good Sam 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on March 13 and the Phoenix Grand Prix Verizon IndyCar Series race on April 2. PIR's "Fast Friday 2-for-1 Package" includes one ticket in the Richard Petty Grandstand for the Good Sam 500 and one seat in the Bobby Allison Grandstand for the Phoenix Grand Prix for just $79. That represents a savings of nearly 35% over race week pricing for the combination. The Fast Friday offer is valid through Friday, December 4 at 11:59pm/mt. The "Cyber Monday Fun Day Package" includes a ticket in the Jimmy Bryan Grandstand or the Bobby Allison Grandstand for the Good Sam 500, along with a FanVision rental for just $59, a savings of more than 40% compared to race week pricing. The offer is also valid through Friday, December 4 at 11:59pm/mt.(PIR)(12-1-2015)
NASCAR says resuming Phoenix race Monday wasn't policy after reaching halfway: Responding to questions about why Sunday's shortened race wasn't resumed Monday, Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR vice president, said that's not policy after an event becomes official at halfway. "It really isn't," O'Donnell told SiriusXM Satellite Radio host Dave Moody in an interview Monday afternoon. "Fans can ask questions, and it's something we can look at in the future, but for NASCAR, we've advertised the race on a certain date, and if we feel we can get the race in on that day, we're going to do that. We started the race with every intention of believing we could get every lap in, but once it does reach halfway, the policy known in the garage that we've operated on is that's considered an official race. We don't want to always have to rely on that. We're going to make every effort to get all the laps in, but unfortunately, we couldn't do that on Sunday night." Sunday's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway was called after 219 of a scheduled 312 laps, making #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. the winner and putting #4-Kevin Harvick, #18-Kyle Busch and #78-Martin Truex Jr. in the championship round of the playoffs with #24-Jeff Gordon. That prompted questions about whether NASCAR should make it policy to run every playoff race to the end.(full article at NBC Sports)(11-18-2015)
Name change for spring race at Phoenix: When NASCAR embarks on its second annual West Coast Swing next March, the ideal way to experience the three-race road trip will be in an RV. Then, join the fun with serious RV owners at the Good Sam 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 13, 2016.
Tickets for the Good Sam 500 are on sale now, with prices beginning as low as $25. In order to secure tickets early and guarantee their seats throughout every NASCAR race at PIR next year, fans can purchase a 2016 NASCAR season ticket, which includes the Good Sam 500 race weekend on March 12-13. Tickets can be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223).
"We are proud to continue our tremendous relationship with Camping World and Good Sam with the Good Sam 500 next March," said PIR President Bryan R. Sperber. "We take pride in hosting thousands of campers at every race, and with our spring race taking place during Spring Break, partnering with the world's largest RV owners association makes perfect sense."
Good Sam is the world's largest organization of recreational vehicle (RV) owners and is committed to making RVing a safer and more rewarding experience for its over 1.6 million members. Founded in 1966 by Trail-R-News, a small California RV magazine, Club members originally promised to help fellow travelers on America's highways. Good Sam is a sister company of Camping World, who is the NASCAR Truck Series Sponsor and America's largest retailer of RV supplies, accessories, services and new and used RVs. Last year's spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at PIR was named the CampingWorld.com 500.
"We are excited to partner with the Phoenix International Raceway for our Good Sam 500 race as this is also in celebration of our 50th anniversary of serving the outdoor and RV community," said Marcus Lemonis, CEO and Chairman of Camping World and Good Sam and host of CNBC's The Profit. "Camping is such an integral part of the race experience for many fans, and at Good Sam, we look forward to continuing our services for many more years to come; offering preferred rates on insurance, extended warranty, roadside assistance and savings at campgrounds across the country."
The Good Sam 500 will be the fourth race of the 2016 and will take place during Spring Break for virtually every school in the state of Arizona, making it an ideal camping destination for families. Additionally, the Good Sam 500 will coincide with 2016 Major League Baseball Spring Training, giving campers the flexibility to take in a wide variety of sporting events while in the Phoenix area.(Phoenix International Raceway)(11-16-2015)
Changes coming to Phoenix track? After five-consecutive fall sell-outs at Phoenix International Raceway, the track is considering several capital improvement's for the half-century old track - including the possibility of moving the start-finish line to the backstretch. "I think we're going to take a really hard look at our master plan over the next couple of months and start to answer some of those questions about how best to maximize the opportunities here at Phoenix," PIR track president Bryan Sperber said. "If this were a baseball game, we're probably in the first inning of that. So, there will probably be a lot of different things that will surface and will vet a lot of the potential opportunities and land on a really good plan for Phoenix going forward." What's made the backstretch so attractive to fans is how the reconstruction of the one-mile track has enhanced the quality of racing. In 2010, ISC announced a $100 million project that widened the front stretch to 62 feet and expanded the dogleg by 95 feet which increased the radius to 500 feet. Progressive banking was added to the relatively flat track. Turns 1 and 2 were raised to 10-11 degrees, Turns 3 and 4 to 8-9 degrees. Work was completed in tim for the November 2011 race. "The fans love it - what they call the dive-bombing," Sperber says of the action on the backstretch where drivers use the apron to their advantage. "Whoever thought we could be four and five-wide at Phoenix. It's been tremendously exciting. We thought it would be good, but it vastly exceeded even my expectations. We've really been blessed with a great racetrack and I think the next step for us is to make sure the rest of the facility matches the high quality of what we're seeing in terms of the racing."
With the track holding approximately 60,000 fans along the front stretch into Turns 1 and 2, a row of motorcoaches on the backstretch and a smattering of spectators on Rattlesnake Hill between Turns 3 and 4, there's certainly room for expansion. While many tracks are tearing down stands, few areas boast the car culture of Phoenix and the valley. "We've looked at enhancing the front stretch," Sperber said. "We've looked at some concepts, like adding a double-decker stand on the frontstretch. Certainly, the idea of developing some things on the back - were even talked about back in the late '90s - Bill France Jr., even talked about that.(Motorsport)(11-16-2015)
Earnhardt Jr. wins at Phoenix: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Quicken Loan's for Heroes 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Jeff Gordon Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) for his 3rd win of the season, 3rd win at Phoenix and 26th career win. Earnhardt Jr. led 22 of the 219 laps.
The race was rain delayed for over six hours, getting the command to start engines at 9:00pm/et and taking the green flag at 9:27pm/et. During a late race caution on lap 195, it started raining again, just after NASCAR red flagged the event at 11:30pm/et on lap 219, the rain came down hard. With more rain in the forecast, NASCAR decided to call the race and made it official. It is only the second Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix in 39 races to be rain shortened and the first since October 25, 1998 when Rusty Wallace won a race shortened to 257 of 312 laps.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd (for the 12th time in 2015 and 43rd runner-up finish in his career) followed by #22-Logano, #18-Busch, #48-Johnson (pole winner), #24-Gordon, #41-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski and #43-Almirola.
The four drivers advancing to the CHAMPIONSHIP RACE of The Chase at Homestead-Miami Speedway are:
#24-Jeff Gordon (4 Championships)
#4-Kevin Harvick (1 Championship)
#18-Kyle Busch (0 Championships)
#78-Martin Truex Jr. (0 Championships)
Four drivers failed to win or score enough points during the Eliminator Round(3) to advance to the Championship Race:
There were 8 lead changes among 7 drivers and only 2 cautions for 29 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 106.512mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf). (11-15-2015)
NASCAR drivers join in Paris attacks reaction: They are a world away from Paris, but NASCAR drivers and their teams are standing in support of France in the wake of Friday's terrorist attacks. #41-Kurt Busch, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #10-Danica Patrick, #15-Clint Bowyer #22-Joey Logano were among stockcar racing participants who took to social media to express their thoughts. NASCAR spent Friday in preparation for racing at Phoenix while events unfolded in Paris. More than 120 people died and about 350 more were wounded as terrorists attacked the French capital. Sprint Cup qualifying for Sunday's race took place about the time of the Paris attacks. The sport's Trucks series race ran as scheduled on Friday, and the Xfinity Series was a go for Saturday. Sunday's race will find Jimmie Johnson leading the field at Phoenix. It is the final race in the Eliminator Round, from which Jeff Gordon and three drivers to be determined will emerge as participants in the Cup championship race on Nov. 22 at Homestead-Miami. Racers watched with the rest of the world as the horror of Paris played out. As at all public events this week, Phoenix International Raceway is coordinating with law enforcement officials to make sure its spectators and race participants are safe.(Sporting News)(11-15-2015)
F-35 jets from Luke AFB to zoom over Phoenix International Raceway during pre-race ceremonies: Fans in the sold-out grandstands at Phoenix International Raceway will be treated to the thrill of the first-ever flyover by a pair of F-35 fighter jets prior to the start of the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The F-35 fighter jets from Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz. will have some very special cargo onboard: to celebrate Jeff Gordon's final race at PIR, one of the fighters will be a commemorative Jeff Gordon Raceway flag. The first-ever flyover of the F-35 fighter jets is scheduled to begin at the conclusion of the National Anthem and will pass directly over the Estrella Mountains to the Southeast behind Turn 3 and then exit beyond the Bobby Allison Grandstands above Turn 1. 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 the Hillside area, may be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com, by phone at 866-408-RACE or in person at the track ticket windows.(PIR)(11-15-2015)
Phoenix International Raceway track president talks about security for Sunday's race: Phoenix International Raceway will host the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday. Track president Bryan Sperber said officials work closely with law enforcement and would act accordingly: "Phoenix International Raceway works closely with the FBI and Homeland Security, as well as other local, state and federal agencies, throughout the planning and implementation of our event security plan," Sperber said in a statement. "They are closely monitoring the events in Paris and are confident in our plan based on all available information. If they provide us with additional recommendations, we will immediately act accordingly."(USA Today)(11-14-2015)
Can-Am 500 to headline November 2016 NASCAR Weekend at Phoenix: The November 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) will be known as the Can-Am 500, continuing the brand's expansion into racing sponsorship. The race is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. "We are thrilled to partner with BRP to present the Can-Am 500 next November," said PIR President Bryan R. Sperber. "There is a tremendous affinity for outdoor powersports among NASCAR fans, particularly in the desert southwest, that makes this a fantastic fit. The passion, energy and excitement synonymous with the Can-Am brand will be on full display throughout the Can-Am 500 race weekend as the Chase for the Sprint Cup comes to Phoenix." The Can-Am brand, owned by BRP, manufacturer of world-renowned motorized recreational vehicles and engines, will serve as the title sponsor for the popular race on Veterans' Day weekend. It will bookend a year of motorsports activity for the powersports leader, as the company will also serve as the title sponsor of the 2016 Can-Am Duel At Daytona on Feb. 18.
"BRP's products provide superior performance and adventure, which is a perfect fit for being part of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with NASCAR fans in Arizona, so many of which are fervent outdoor enthusiasts," said Anne Bélec, senior vice-president, Global Brand and Strategy. "This is a great time for BRP to participate in NASCAR when the breadth of the Can-Am offering is growing exponentially. Our CEO, José Boisjoli, has promised new off-road models every six months and this is a great way to ensure maximum visibility for the Can-Am brand."
With Can-Am ATVs, side-by-side vehicles and Spyder roadsters, BRP is carrying on a long tradition of performance. More than 30 years ago, the world discovered the Can-Am brand through its revolutionary motocross bikes, and its legend and winning spirit live on - with passion and exhilaration. The fall race at PIR has sold out in each of the last five years; and under the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, PIR's semifinal race in the Chase is the last of the Eliminator round and will determine the final four drivers that will fight for the championship the following weekend.
In order to secure tickets for the Can-Am 500 early, fans can purchase a 2016 NASCAR season ticket, which includes the Good Sam 500 race weekend on March 12-13. Tickets can be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(11-14-2015)
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:
ˇ 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.
ˇ 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.
ˇ 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)
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)
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 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)
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