Phoenix Raceway has unveiled plans for a $178m modernisation of the race track with a variety of enhanced amenities for fans, teams and sponsors.
The makeover will feature a completely redesigned infield with a first-of-its-kind Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garage Fan Zone, placing fans face-to-face with the superstars of the sport.
The modernisation 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.
Phoenix Raceway’s start/finish line will be repositioned in Turn 2 just before the track’s well-known dog leg.
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.
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 modernisation project (Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar) as well as a multi-year sponsor of the redesigned Midway.
Lesa France Kennedy, CEO of Phoenix Raceway’s parent company, International Speedway Corporation (ISC), said:
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.
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.
Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber, said:
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.
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.
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