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Phone:
PIR Ticket Office Phone Room 1-866-408-RACE (7223).
PIR Administration Office (623) 463-5400
(623) 463-5501 (Fax)

Office address:
125 S. Avondale Blvd., Suite 200
Avondale, AZ 85323

Track address:
7602 S. Avondale Blvd.
Avondale, AZ 85323

Track Specs:
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 67,000 and 76,812]

Pit Stalls:
Length: 30 feet
Width: 17 feet

Track Websites and Social Media:
Phoenix International Raceway
ISC Motorsports
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Track Stats - Racing-reference.info


Track Records & Stats

  • 2014 March Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 109.229mph, started 13th

  • 2014 November Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 99.991mph, 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

  • 2014 March Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 139.384mph, finished 3rd

  • 2014 November Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 142.113mph, finished 5th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Joey Logano, 11/7/2014, 142.141mph (set in round 1 of qualifying)

  • 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, 34; Jeff Gordon 32

  • Most Wins: Kevin Harvick, 6; Jimmie Johnson, 4

  • Most Poles: Ryan Newman, 4

  • Most Top 5s: Jimmie Johnson 14; Jeff Gordon, 12; Mark Martin, 12

  • Most Top 10s: Jeff Gordon, 22; Mark Martin, 21; Jimmie Johnson, 18

  • 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

  • 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 - three times, last on 4/21/2007

  • 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: 19 - Chevy; 14 - Ford; 2 - Toyota; 2 - Pontiac

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 4 [of 37]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 28: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 29: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 12 of 37
  • Races won from the top 10: 18 of 37


Track News and Announcements

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)


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