PHOENIX -- The $10 million repaving project at the Phoenix International Raceway is complete and it’s time for testing.
This is the 47-year old NASCAR facility’s first major track paving project since 1990. Construction began in March with the removal of the facility’s former racing surface and the subsequent installation of a new surface, with a series of changes implemented to promote side-by-side racing.
Motorsports expert, and regular 3TV contributor, Wally Cahill, got a birds eye view of the entire track during the project and has released a time lapse video of the project.
Crews were able to maintain the integrity of PIR’s oval – including the 1-mile distance, but made a few slight configuration changes making the track what officials call “racier”. That means the average speed racers will be able to go is expected to be two to three miles per hour.
On Monday August 29, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch will be the first to take a test drive on the new surface.
The testing sessions will be closed to the general public. The public will be given the opportunity try the track out at a special session on October 4. For more information go to PhoenixRaceway.com