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.
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
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.