Phoenix Raceway

Track Length: 1 mile
Race Length:312 Miles
First Race:Nov. 6, 1988 - Checker 500
Banking:11° (Turns 1 & 2); 9° (Turns 3 & 4); 3° (Frontstretch); 9° (Backstretch)
Lengths:1,179 feet (Frontstretch); 1,551 feet (Backstretch)
Seating:50,000

Track History

Mailing Address
7602 S. Avondale Blvd.
Avondale, AZ 85323

History
In 1964, when Phoenix International Raceway was carved out of the foothills of the Estrella Mountains, it was intended to be a new jewel in the crown of American open wheel racing. Drivers like Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones and the Unsers soon came to love the one-mile paved oval with the unique bend in the backstretch. And they really loved coming to Phoenix, where the tourism industry was just starting to grow and its western style hospitality was second to none. But it wasn't until 1988, when NASCAR Cup Series racing came to PIR, that auto racing in Phoenix really became a major sporting attraction for the "Valley of the Sun."

Directions & Parking

From the North - (I-17, Flagstaff, Prescott, Sedona)
Exit I-17 at the 101 Freeway Westbound Take the 101 to I-10 Westbound Exit at Litchfield Road Turn Left (South) on Litchfield Rd to Buckeye Rd (MC#85) Turn Right (West) on Buckeye Rd for one mile to Bullard Ave. Turn Left (South) on Bullard Ave. for two miles to Vineyard Rd. Turn Left (East) on Vineyard Rd and follow signs/officers to PIR

From the West - (I-10, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Blythe)
Exit I-10 at Cotton Lane Turn Right (South) on Cotton Lane for four miles to MC #85 (Buckeye Rd) Turn Left (East) on MC #85 for two miles to Estrella Mountain Parkway Turn Right (South) on Estrella Mountain Parkway to Vineyard Rd Turn Left (East) on Vineyard Rd and follow signs/officers to PIR

From the North West - (Lake Havasu, Kingman, Las Vegas, Hwy's 60 & 89)
Exit US 60 at State Hwy #303 South Continue South on Cotton Lane to MC #85 (Buckeye Rd) Turn Left (East) on MC #85 for two miles to Estrella Mountain Parkway Turn Right (South) on Estrella Mountain Parkway to Vineyard Rd Turn Left (East) on Vineyard Rd and follow signs/officers to PIR

From the South West - (San Diego, Yuma)
Exit I-8 at Gila Bend for State Hwy 85 Northbound Travel 30 miles North to MC #85 Turn Right (East) on MC #85 to Estrella Mountain Parkway Turn Right (South) on Estrella Mountain Parkway to Vineyard Rd Turn Left (East) on Vineyard Rd and follow signs/officers to PIR Traffic and Parking

From the South East - (Chandler, Gilbert, Casa Grande, Tucson) From the I-10 corridor, exit at Riggs Rd or Maricopa Rd & head West to Beltline Rd Take Beltline Road until it becomes 51st Ave Continue North on 51st Ave to Buckeye Rd Turn Left (South) at Bullard Ave (one mile west of Avondale) Turn Left (East) on Vineyard Rd and follow signs/officers to PIR From the North East - (Scottsdale) Use the 101 Freeway Westbound Take the 101 to I-10 Westbound Exit at Litchfield Road Turn Left (South) on Litchfield Rd to Buckeye Rd (MC#85) Turn Right (West) on Buckeye Rd for one mile to Bullard Ave. Turn Left (South) on Bullard Ave. for two miles to Vineyard Rd. Turn Left (East) on Vineyard Rd and follow signs/officers to PIR From the East - (Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa) I-10 Westbound to Estrella Parkway exit Turn left (South) on Estrella Parkway to Vineyard Rd Turn Left (East) on Vineyard Rd and follow signs/officers to PIR

Traffic
Traffic guidelines and patterns have been developed through a cooperative process between PIR, local law enforcement, and other governmental agencies. Due to unforeseen circumstances, routes and patterns may need to be changed. The guidance of law enforcement personnel must be followed at all times to ensure a smooth flow of traffic. Traffic information is available on your car radio at 530AM. This information frequency is available on I-10 beginning at 99th Ave. and is brought to you by the Arizona Dept. of Transportation. Call 888.411.ROAD or 511 for updated Arizona Roadway Information.

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