ISM Raceway at Phoenix, along with parent company International Speedway Corporation, are in the midst of a massive modernization project. Below are answers to key questions for a quick-hit overview.
How much did this cost?
This is a $178 million project designed to make the fan and race experience even better.
When is the projected completion date?
The new ISM Raceway is expected to open for the fall 2018 race weekend, but some amenities will be ready for the 2018 spring race weekend.
Is there a sponsor for the project?
Yes. DC Solar, entitlement partner of Phoenix’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.
Will anything change to the track itself?
Yep. The start/finish line will be repositioned in Turn 2 just before the dog leg, which should make the finishes — and restarts — even more thrilling.
What about the seats?
The existing seats at Bobby Allison Grandstand, located between Turns 1 and 2, are currently benches. These will be upgraded to individual 20-inch seats with armrests, and a new grandstand extension will be a combination of 20- and 21-inch seats with armrests.
Are there new escalators now?
Yes. Elevators, too. Four escalators and five new elevators will be added in addition to the existing elevators currently in the Bobby Allison Grandstand. Two new escalators are ready for this weekend.
Are there suites?
Yes. Upgrades are coming with 32 renovated suites and 19 new suites.
What about the technology?
Flat screen TVs will be located throughout common areas, and a new PA system will be installed. The kicker: Wi-Fi will be available throughout all common areas, midway, infield and even in-seat. Yes, in-seat Wi-Fi.
I heard there might be more shade. True?
You heard right! Track officials conducted a shade study during planning and say the upgrades will provide far more shade coverage throughout the race.
Any structural changes?
Many. There’s a new care center, new ticket and guest services buildings and a new corporate hospitality building coming to the midway, all with a better functioning layout. For the infield and Fan Zone: A new pit road, new dining areas, five new garages, new media center, new fan zone bar, two new restrooms, added guest services, new Victory Lane and a new pedestrian tunnel connecting the infield to grandstands.