In 1964 the Phoenix International Raceway was literally carved out of the foothills of the Estrella Mountains. The PIR is completely shaped in a tri-oval with a curve in the backstretch between turns two and three. In 2005 a tunnel was constructed under turn four to give access to the infield. A fan favorite at the track is the Hillside viewing area on Monument Hill outside turn four. The beautiful setting of the PIR and the western hospitality makes it a favorite track for many drivers as well as fans. In a recent Sports Illustrated poll of drivers, Phoenix International tied second for the best tracks in the US

Each year the Raceway is host to a wide range of events that include NASCAR, USAC Midget, Silver Crown Cars, Modifieds, Indy Car, Indy Pro, CART and Rolex Sports Car, Craftsman Truck, Nextel and Busch. Ticket prices vary according to the event with a single day race ticket starting at $ 20.00 for many events. Special multi-day packages are available as well as pre-race and pit passes. The Raceway offers both daily and over night parking for RV's and both require the purchase of race event admission tickets. RV parking starts at $ 50.00. There is a wide selection of hotels and resorts in the area surrounding PIR that offer specials during race events.

PIR offers fans several ways to get up close to racing action with the Raceway Club and the Trackside Club. The Raceway club offers fans live music, interactive games, prizes, free food and drinks, special parking pass and visits from some of the drivers. The cost is $ 79 for Busch events and $ 129 for Cup events. The Trackside Club puts you only 50 feet from the track and all of the action. You watch the cars race by at 130 mph from the comfort of the enclosed, air conditioned area. Amenities include; breakfast, lunch, beverages, pre-race pit pass and VIP parking. A 3-day race package is $ 649.00. The PIR is not the only race excitement in town.

The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving gives everyone the opportunity to feel like a professional with onsite training, instruction and behind the wheel experience. They offer courses in defensive driving, teen driving courses and race training for beginners to pros at their 60 acre racing facility. Choose from Grand Prix Road or Specialty training, Advanced or High Performance, Kart and much more. Rates vary depending on the course and available options.

Source by Robert Vrabel