Phoenix International Raceway will close out the 2011 West Coast NASCAR season with the debut of a newly repaved and reconfigured 1-mile oval for Sunday’s NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup race at 1 p.m. The Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR event weekend Nov. 10-13.
With nearly 100,000 fans expected to converge on PIR, traffic could be snarled at times. Several public safety agencies will work together to manage the congestion. PIR representatives say more than 4,000 traffic cones, 600 barricades, approximately 75 people will be part of the effort . Track officials encourage fans to plan ahead for the 1 p.m. start time of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race – the busiest event of the weekend. The race will conclude at approximately 5 p.m., with the heaviest outbound flow for the Nov. 13 race expected to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. During this period, motorists traveling on I-10 will experience intermittent closing of Exit 131 (Avondale Boulevard) to allow for the successful egress of race traffic.
Park 'N Ride Encouraged
Race officials recommend fans take advantage of the Park ‘N Ride program at the Ashley HomeStore Furniture Pavilion. It’s located just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue. Fans can enter the Pavilion grounds at the 83rd Avenue entrance and board a shuttle for transport to the new Park ‘N Ride Terminal located at Gate 4 at the track. Cost for parking and shuttle services to PIR will remain $7 per car and free for fans with a PIR-issued parking pass. Guests with PIR-issued parking passes can “Park N Ride” at no charge. Shuttle buses will escort guests to PIR via preferential traffic routes, offering guests an easy arrival to the track.
“Park ‘N Ride” services will be available for 12 hours - from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. - on Sunday. The first shuttle will depart at 7:30 a.m. The raceway opens to the public at 8 a.m.
Parking Pass Determines Exit
Fans driving their own vehicles to the track should remember that their parking pass – or lack thereof – determines the exits they should take from I-10 to the race. Fans without passes and planning to use the free general parking lots must exit the roadway at either Litchfield Road (Exit 128) or Estrella Parkway (Exit 126) and travel south following directions.
Eastbound: Exit Estrella Parkway. Drive south approximately five miles to Vineyard Road. Follow the signs and directions from officers and deputies while traveling east about three miles to the entrance to the parking lot.
Westbound: Exit Litchfield Road or Exit 126 – Estrella Parkway. Drive south approximately five miles to Vineyard Road. Follow the signs and directions from officers and deputies as, depending on traffic flow, traffic may be diverted for a short time onto MC 85 or Broadway Road. When traffic reaches Vineyard, motorists will travel east for about two miles to the entrance to the parking lot.
Directions for Parking Pass Admission – Eastbound and Westbound:
Fans with special passes and permits – and only those fans – should exit at Avondale Boulevard (Exit 131). Motorists who take the wrong routes may face major delays as they approach the track. At all times, motorists should follow the directions of officers and deputies. Guests with facility parking passes may refer to the reverse side of their parking pass for directions to and from the track.
Take Avondale Boulevard. Drive south approximately six miles to the entrance to the parking lot. Fans taking this exit without a parking permit will be re-routed several miles to the proper roadway.
Directions for Local Traffic – MC 85 (Buckeye Road):
Local fans who travel on MC 85 (Buckeye Road) should exit on Litchfield Road or Bullard Avenue. Fans with special passes and permits – and only those fans – may use Avondale Boulevard.