Phoenix International Raceway

Address: 7602 S. Avondale Blvd. Avondale, Arizona 85323

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33.374722222222 - 112.31111111111Koordinaten: 33 ° 22 ' 29 " N, 112 ° 18' 40 " W

The Phoenix International Raceway is a race track in the form of a tri- oval with a length of about a mile in Avondale in the U.S. state of Arizona. It was opened in 1964 as a replacement for the race track at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum and should be the new home of formula racing in the Phoenix metropolitan area.


By 2005, this race the Indy Car World Series and the IndyCar Series took place as a result of a management decision at the International Speedway Corporation, the focus was on other racing series and was held for the first time a race in Formula racing. The first race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup was held in 1988. It was won by Alan Kulwicki, the first time his Polish victory lap, that is a round opposite to the direction of travel, completed after the checkered flag.

After longer takes place not race in Formula racing on the Speedway since 2005, he is still being used by various teams in the Indy Racing League for test drives or for filming corresponding commercials. On the road course in the infield, which was originally built for the IMSA series, found the last race in the Grand American Road Racing Association Series discharged.

On the oval course the so-called Copper World Classics will be held in addition to the various races of the NASCAR series, a competition of the United States Automobile Club with different racing classes. In the years 2002-2004 it was held together with the race in the Indy Racing League, but with the withdrawal of the series, it will take place again at its original date in the winter months.

Since 2005, NASCAR held a second race in the Sprint Cup. It replaces the race in the spring, which until then on the Darlington Raceway has taken place in South Carolina. In contrast, the race of the IndyCar Series from the 2006 season was dropped from the calendar.

Route description

The Phoenix International Raceway has a unique shape of a tri- oval with a curve in the middle of the back straight. This unusual form exists because the architects of the original system had to take into account the limitations of the range of hills on the property on one side and the integration of an additional road course as well as an acceleration path on the other side. The acceleration track for drag racing was hardly used due to the obvious Firebird International Raceway, took place on the regular drag race. The external road course was used primarily for private test drives and as a parking lot at the race on the oval course so he was later replaced by a road course in the infield. Until the construction of an access tunnel to the infield in the years 2004/2005 the only access through intersections of the old road and acceleration rate to the oval was.

Another notable feature of Phoenix International Raceway is the so-called " Hillside ", a favorite with fans spectators just outside of Turn 4 on the Monument Hill. On the hill there is a station of the U.S. Geological Survey, has started from where the original survey of Arizona.

Route change, 2011, in the old gray route

In 2011, the track was completely resurfaced, widened the front straight for a few meters and now concrete instead of asphalt thereby shifted the pit lane. The curves were fitted with a progressive (for curve edge increasing ) elevation as also previously at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In addition, the dogleg curve was widened and equipped with a stronger exaggeration of a maximum of 11 °. In order for the route to be faster and to make the races more interesting for the spectators.

Former events

  • USAC - Phoenix 150
  • Indy Lights - Phoenix 75
  • CART - Slick 50 200
  • IndyCar Series - XM Satellite Radio Indy 200


  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying: Ryan Newman, 26.499 seconds ( 135.854 mph ), 2004
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup race: Tony Stewart, 2:38:28 ( 118.132 mph ), 1999
  • NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying: Denny Hamlin, 26,872 s ( 133.968 mph ), 2009
  • NASCAR Nationwide Series races: Jeff Burton, 1:44:13 ( 115.145 mph ), 2000
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying: Johnny Benson, 27.137 seconds ( 132.660 mph ), 2006
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race: Kevin Harvick, 1:24:26 ( 108.104 mph ), 2002