Phoenix International Raceway

Updated: November 7, 2011, 5:01 PM ET
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Overview
Once the smoke clears from the season-opening Daytona 500, the real season begins in essence in Arizona.

Nestled in the desert foothills of the Estrella Mountains, Phoenix International Raceway is one of the more scenic tracks on the NASCAR circuit and includes a general admission hillside seating area that overlooks the 1-mile oval.

NASCAR's first stop in the Valley of the Sun came Feb. 27 this season with the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500, just one week after the Daytona 500. NASCAR's second stop in the desert is the penultimate race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup -- the Kobalt Tools 500, on Sunday.

As fans might expect, "Chamber of Commerce" weather is one of the biggest assets at Phoenix International Raceway. Not too hot. Not too cold. Just right for racing in April and November.

Track address
7602 S. Avondale Blvd.
Avondale, AZ 85323

Office address
125 S. Avondale Blvd, Suite 200
Avondale, AZ 85323
phoenixraceway.com
More track news is available through jayski.com.

Notable Events

Kobalt Tools 500 Weekend
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011
• NNS practices, 1 and 3:30 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Gates open at noon

Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
• NKNPS-W practice and final practice, 8:30 and 10:10 a.m.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West race
• NSCS practice, 11:30 a.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• NNS final practice, 1:40 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NSCS final practice, 3:30 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 8 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011
• NKNPS-W qualifying, 8:40 a.m.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West race
• NNS qualifying, 10:05 a.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NSCS Gatorade Pole Qualifying, 11:40 a.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• WYPALL 200 powered by Kimberly-Clark Professional, 1:30 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• Casino Arizona 125, 4:30 p.m.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West race
Gates open at 8 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011
• Kobalt Tools 500, 1 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 8 a.m.

Listed times are subject to change.

Tickets
• Ticket office: 866-408-7223
• Online: Buy tickets | Seating chart
• Pit passes: Available, must be accompanied by an admission ticket. Call the track ticket office for further information.
• Fan hospitality: Different options are available, including Trackside Club, Budweiser ROLL-BAR and Octane. Call the ticket office for more information.
• Special packages: Call the track ticket office for further information.

Track Specs
• Track length: 1 mile
• Banking: Turns 1 and 2 -- 11 degrees; Turns 3 and 4 -- 9 degrees; frontstretch -- 3 degrees; backstretch -- 9 degrees
• Frontstretch: 1,179 feet
• Backstretch: 1,551 feet
• Race length: 312 laps
• Grandstand seating capacity: 56,000
• Opened: 1964 (first NASCAR Cup event was 1988)

Carry-In Items
• Coolers: Allowed (one soft-side bag/cooler — limit of 6"x6"x12"; one, clear plastic bag -- limit of 18"x18"x4"; plastic bags can't contain ice).
• Glass containers: Not allowed.
• Alcoholic beverages: Not allowed.
• Cameras/binoculars: Allowed; must be worn separately.

Souvenirs and Displays
• Merchandise: Driver and NASCAR merchandise haulers on-site.
• Scanners: Scanners available for rent on-site.

Autographs
Check local newspapers and television.

Pit Area Guidelines
• Shirts: Required; must cover shoulder area.
• Shoes: Required; no open-toe shoes allowed.
• Shorts/capri pants: Not recommended.
• Alcoholic beverages: Not allowed.

Camping
• Reserved: Available
• Unreserved: Available.
    Call the track ticket office for further information.

Getting There
• From airport (downtown), take I-10 west to Avondale Blvd (formerly 115th Avenue).
Drive south (left) for 6 miles; track is on the left.
    (Note: All information regarding routes, suggestions and detours is
    available prior to race day in the Arizona Republic newspaper.)

Parking
• All parking is free.
• Handicapped parking: Limited availability, arrive early.
• Park and ride option: Located two blocks north of the Interstate 10 on 83rd Avenue, Cricket Pavilion offers Sprint Cup event parking for all NASCAR fans. Parking and shuttle services total just $7 per car. Guests with PIR-issued parking passes can park and ride for free. Shuttle buses will escort guests to PIR via preferential traffic routes, offering guests an earlier arrival to the facility. The service is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on April 10 and from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Nov. 14.

Nearby Golf Courses
• Palm Valley Golf Club: 2211 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338; (623) 935-2500
• Estrella Mountain Golf Course: 15205 W. Vineyard Ave., Goodyear, AZ 85338; (623) 932-3714
• Tuscany Falls Golf Course: 16262 Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear, AZ 85338; (623) 536-2491
• Nevada Bob's Driving Range: 12247 W. Indian School Road, Avondale, AZ 85323; (623) 935-9351

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