Phoenix International Raceway

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Phoenix International Raceway History

Phoenix International Raceway first opened in 1964 and is the home of two annual NASCAR events. It is a low banked oval shaped track that is a mile in length and also goes by the nickname PIR. The raceway has traditionally been both the second stop on the NASCAR circuit and the second to last stop on the tour as well as the first and last stop in the Western United States. Phoenix International Raceway was built with the goal of being the home of open wheel racing in the west, and with all of the big time events that have taken place there it is clear that the developers' mission statement was accomplished.

Phoenix International Raceway Events

In addition to being home to two annual NASCAR events, Phoenix International Raceway also hosts CART, IndyCar Series, Rolex Sports Car Series, and USAC events. The grandstands are capable of holding up to 67,000 fans and as such the venue has also hosted some big time concerts including the 1992 Guns N' Roses and Metallica tour. There is only one other racetrack on the NASCAR circuit besides Phoenix International Raceway that has the honor of hosting two annual events.

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and is the sixth most populous city in the United States. There is plenty to see and do in such a bustling metropolis including the amusement parks Wet 'N Wild, Castles and Coasters, and Enchanted Island. Additionally ther are plenty of world class golf courses in the area along with the Desert Botanical Garden which allows a visitor to examine desert plants from all over the world. Phoenix is also home to several professional sports franchises including the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball, the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL and the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL.

Phoenix International Raceway Seating Layout

The Phoenix International Raceway is one of the finest racetracks in the country in which to enjoy a race whether it is a NASCAR, CART, IndyCar Series, Rolex Sports Car Series, or USAC event. There is literally not a bad seat in the house and wherever you find yourself sitting you can feel the rumble of the engines, smell the gasoline and hear the squealing of the rubber on the tires as the cars maneuver their way around the track.


Phoenix International Raceway, with its bevy of annual events, is one of the most important contributing factors to the city's economy. An Arizona State University study showed that the racetrack brings in more than 470 million dollars each year. NASCAR began holding races at Phoenix International Raceway in 1978 but it was not until 1988 when they began holding what is now referred to as the Sprint Cup Series at the track. Alan Kulwicki won the first ever NASCAR race held at the track after which he did his famous Polish Victory Lap. Following the addition of the second annual NASCAR event lights were installed around the outside of the track.

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