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Vintage Desert Classic Added To Phoenix Raceway Schedule On Saturday, April 29

Classic Racing Times showcases vintage Indy cars on Super Saturday of open-wheel racing in Phoenix

PHOENIX – Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today that Classic Racing Times will present the Vintage Desert Classicas part of the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix weekend on April 28-29. The addition to Phoenix Raceway’s Super Saturday of open-wheel racing will feature two on-track sessions ahead of the Verizon IndyCar Series race on April 29.

“We are thrilled with the impressive roster of historically significant cars that will be participating in this year’s Vintage Desert Classic,” said Sperber. “I think the fans are going to really enjoy seeing these cars up close and on track.”

This will be the first visit to Phoenix for the Vintage Desert Classic, which is currently the second event on the Classic Racing Times schedule after Pocono Raceway.

Some of the most legendary cars in open-wheel racing history will be displayed, both on and off the track, as part of the Vintage Desert Classic. Featured cars include the No. 4 TrueValue/STP March Indy car driven by Roberto Guerra that won at Phoenix in 1987 and turned in a runner-up finish in the Indianapolis 500 that same year. Also on display will be the last Indy car that Jim Clark ever drove in competition, the 1967 Rolla Vollstedt 67B Bryant Heating and Cooling Special Ford.

“We have made excellent strides with our program and we truly feel that we can build on this event at Phoenix Raceway,” said Classic Racing Times CEO Gary Mondschein. “It is certainly our intention to solidify our presence at Phoenix for years to come. The facility is a jewel and a perfect fit for our program with Indycar history dating back to the early 1960s.”

Tom “The Gas-Man” Sneva will be a special guest for the Vintage Desert Classic – as well as Lyn St. James, Arie Luyendyk, Derek Daly and Max Papis. Sneva will also be the guest speaker at the Vintage Desert Classic Bar-B-Que Dinner Awards Banquet on Friday evening.

The Vintage Desert Classic will take place along with both the USAC Silver Crown Series and the Quarter Midget races ahead of the Verizon IndyCar Series Phoenix Grand Prix. Fans looking to get an up close and personal look at the cars themselves can access the Vintage Desert Classic paddock with a Garage and Pit Pass for only $50.  Grandstand tickets for the Super Saturday event are available online atPhoenixRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the Phoenix Raceway ticket office.

Phoenix Raceway Unveils Details For $178 Million Modernization Project

DC Solar to serve as title sponsor of project that will enhance fan amenities at Phoenix Raceway, anchored by one-of-a-kind infield experience
PHOENIX – Phoenix Raceway, together with its parent company, International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”), announced today the details of a $178 million modernization of the race track with a variety of enhanced amenities for fans, teams, sponsors and other stakeholders.

“This is a great day for ISC and Phoenix Raceway, but more importantly, for racing fans in the state of Arizona and around the world,” ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy said. “A project of this magnitude is monumental for our company as we get to work enhancing the experience of the great fans who love to watch our races in Phoenix and enjoy this beautiful area. Having Phoenix Raceway within our prestigious stable of venues always has been a tremendous asset and source of pride for us. We are thrilled to create a best-in-class facility in Phoenix, and we’re confident it will grow the fan base here and further serve as a destination track for motorsports fans everywhere.”

Among the many highlights of the modernization project is a completely redesigned infield featuring a first-of-its-kind Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garage Fan Zone, placing fans face-to-face with the superstars of the sport. Phoenix Raceway’s start/finish line will be repositioned in Turn 2 just before the track’s well-known dog leg. Other new highlights include a new pedestrian tunnel connecting the infield to the new seating areas featuring in-seat Wi-Fi connectivity.

DC Solar, entitlement partner of Phoenix Raceway’s spring NASCAR XFINITY Series race, the DC Solar 200, will serve as the title sponsor for the modernization project (Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar) as well as a multi-year sponsor of the redesigned Midway.

“When our project is completed, we will have a venue that delivers amazing fan experiences to go along with our reputation for great racing action,” said Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber. “By shifting the start/finish line to Phoenix Raceway’s famed dog leg, fans will be perfectly positioned to watch one of the most exciting turns in motorsports. We are confident The Phoenix Raceway Project powered by DC Solar will put racing in Arizona in a whole new and exciting light.”

The repositioned start/finish line will enhance the competition near one of the most challenging areas of the track while adding to the excitement during key race moments such as restarts and the closing laps.

“It’s great to see Phoenix Raceway make such a big investment to improve the experience for the fans,” said Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. “I’m from the West Coast and Phoenix is one of those places that always feels like home to me. Moving the start/finish line is a big change for all the racers that have been used to racing at Phoenix in the past; I’m looking forward to seeing how those changes might affect the racing and how the end of the races play out.”

The modernization project also includes the installation of new/upgraded seating and hospitality areas near the current Turn 2 location. A new grandstand will be built alongside upgraded seats in the existing Bobby Allison Grandstand (both featuring individual chair back stadium seats with armrests), complete with modern amenities such as several new escalators and elevators, additional restrooms and concessions and a redesigned Midway conveniently located near the seating areas.

Fans can learn more about the Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar and obtain news, updates and alerts by visiting www.phoenixraceway.com.

Phoenix Raceway Hosts Second Annual “Prix View” IndyCar Testing Session

Fans can watch as teams prepare for Phoenix Grand Prix with testing session on Feb. 11 PHOENIX – Phoenix Raceway invites fans and media to the second annual “Prix View” Testing event for the Verizon IndyCar Series on Saturday, Feb. 11, Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today. The event will feature virtually the…

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PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY NAMES DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY TITLE SPONSOR OF APRIL 2 PHOENIX GRAND PRIX

   

PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY NAMES DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY TITLE SPONSOR OF APRIL 2 PHOENIX GRAND PRIX

Verizon IndyCar Series returns to the desert under the lights Saturday, April 2

 

PHOENIX – Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber today announced newly-opened Desert Diamond West Valley as the title sponsor for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to the Valley of the Sun this spring. The Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix takes place under the lights Saturday evening, April 2, 2016.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Desert Diamond West Valley,” Sperber said. “Bringing IndyCar to PIR was a substantial goal of ours and this demonstrates the strong local support we have for the upcoming race right here in the Valley. We look forward to showcasing IndyCar here under the lights on April 2 alongside our new partner.”

The Desert Diamond West Valley opened Dec. 20, 2015 near Glendale and Peoria to enormous turnout. Amenities include a casino floor with more than 1,000 gaming devices, dining options and more.

“We are very excited to be partnering with PIR on the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix,” said Andy Asselin, CEO of Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment. “Both PIR and Desert Diamond offer unique entertainment opportunities to the community, so it just made sense to work together on this fantastic race.”

Tickets for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix are on sale now, with prices ranging from $35-70, and each ticket will include access to Pit Road. Tickets for children are $10; and active-duty military members and veterans will receive discounted pricing as well. Tickets are available online at PhoenixRaceway.com and by phone at 866-408-RACE (7223).

The Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix will be the second race in the 2016 schedule for the Verizon IndyCar Series, following the season opening race at St. Petersburg, Fla. on March 13. The highlight of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule will be the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29, and the season finale will be held on Sept. 18 in Sonoma, Calif.

Phoenix International Raceway opened in 1964 and served primarily as an open-wheel racing facility until NASCAR made its debut in 1977. The track hosted Indy car races from 1964-2005, with many of the greatest names in racing history competing here.

Four-time Indianapolis 500 champion A.J. Foyt won the inaugural professional race at PIR and captured a total of four checkered flags here; fellow four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser has a track-record six open-wheel wins at PIR; and four-time INDYCAR season champion Mario Andretti captured the last race win of his legendary career here in 1993.

The Phoenix Grand Prix will be the second of three race events on the 2016 schedule at Phoenix International Raceway. This month, PIR hosted the Good Sam 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend March 11-13, and NASCAR will return to Phoenix for the semifinal race in the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup November 11-13.

Better Than Ezra To Perform On Saturday, April 2 At Phoenix International Raceway

Rock band to entertain fans prior to Phoenix Grand Prix PHOENIX – Fans attending the Verizon IndyCar Series Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway will be entertained with live music prior to the race as popular multi-platinum rock group Better Than Ezra will perform at the PIR Main Stage at 4:15 p.m. PST on…

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PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ADDS INDYCAR TO 2016 SCHEDULE

PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ADDS INDYCAR TO 2016 SCHEDULE

Phoenix Grand Prix to run Saturday, April 2 under the lights

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PHOENIX – The Verizon IndyCar Series will race at Phoenix International Raceway in 2016, PIR President Bryan R. Sperber and Hulman Motorsports Chief Revenue Officer Jay Frye announced at a news conference today. The Phoenix Grand Prix will take place under the lights on Saturday night, April 2, 2016.

“We are thrilled to add the Verizon IndyCar Series to the 2016 race schedule at Phoenix International Raceway,” Sperber said. “IndyCar has such a loyal and dedicated fan base in the Valley, and we look forward to bringing the fastest racing action in America and the biggest stars in open-wheel racing to Phoenix next spring.”

Tickets for the Phoenix Grand Prix went on sale this morning, with prices ranging from $35-70, and each ticket will include access to Pit Road. Tickets for children are $10; and active-duty military members and veterans will receive discounted pricing as well. Tickets are available online at PhoenixRaceway.com and by phone at 866-408-RACE (7223).

The Phoenix Grand Prix will be the second race in the 2016 schedule for the Verizon IndyCar Series, following the season opening race at St. Petersburg, Fla. on March 13. The highlight of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule will be the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 29, and the season finale will be on September 18 in Sonoma, Calif.

“The historic significance of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season is marked by the return of several storied venues, including Phoenix International Raceway,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Legendary Indy car names like Foyt, Unser, Andretti, Ruby, Rutherford, Sneva, Mears, Castroneves and Kanaan have all won at PIR in the past. It is an integral part of our sport’s rich heritage and we are quite pleased to have this great mile oval back on the schedule going forward.”

Phoenix International Raceway opened in 1964 and served primarily as an open-wheel racing facility until NASCAR made its debut in 1977. The track hosted Indy car races from 1964-2005, with many of the greatest names in racing history competing here.

Four-time Indianapolis 500 champion A.J. Foyt won the inaugural professional race at PIR and captured a total of four checkered flags here; fellow four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser has a track-record six open-wheel wins at PIR; and four-time Indy car season champion Mario Andretti captured the last race win of his legendary career here in 1993.

Four Indianapolis 500 winners were in attendance at the announcement, including two-time winners Al Unser Jr. and Arie Luyendyk, 1983 champion Tom Sneva and 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice.

“I am so happy to see the Verizon IndyCar Series returning to Phoenix International Raceway,” said Unser Jr., who is tied for seventh on the all-time Indy car victory list with 34. “It was always one of my favorite tracks, even though I never was able to win a race there in 19 tries. Dad won there six times and Uncle Bobby won four, so the Unser name still has quite a legacy at PIR. Indy cars always put on a great show at PIR over the years and I know they will again in 2016.”

Also in attendance were 1992 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Lyn St. James, 1998 Indianapolis 500 pole sitter Billy Boat, retired open-wheel driver P.J. Jones, and one of the brightest young stars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Josef Newgarden.

“PIR has a great history with Indy car racing, so it’s fantastic that the Verizon IndyCar Series will return in 2016,” said Newgarden, who won his first two Indy car races in 2015 with CFH Racing and wound up seventh in the championship. “I haven’t raced there yet but talked to drivers who have, and they say the track is built for great racing in Indy cars. I almost won on a similar short oval this year at Milwaukee, so I can’t wait for the opportunity to compete for the win at the Phoenix Grand Prix in April.”

The Phoenix Grand Prix will be the second of three race events on the 2016 schedule at Phoenix International Raceway. Three weeks earlier, PIR will host the Camping World 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend March 11-13, and NASCAR will return to Phoenix for the semifinal race in the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup November 11-13.

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Since 1964, Phoenix International Raceway has been the premier motorsports venue in the Southwest. Founded as an open-wheel racing mecca, PIR will host the Phoenix Grand Prix Verizon IndyCar Series race under the lights on Saturday night, April 2. Phoenix is the only track in the West to have two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends a year and will kick off its 2016 NASCAR season with the Camping World 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend in March followed by the semifinal race for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in November.