PIR Proclaimed As “Zoomtown U.S.A.”
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Applauds Track’s Multiple Impacts
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has officially declared Phoenix International Raceway as “Zoomtown U.S.A.” for the NASCAR event weekend of April 16-18. The NASCAR event weekend at “Zoomtown U.S.A.” will be highlighted by the first official night race of the 2009 Sprint Cup Series season, the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ on Saturday, April 18. In an official proclamation dated April 3, 2009 from the Office of the Governor, Brewer made mention of the rich tradition of NASCAR racing within the Valley of the Sun and the State of Arizona, celebrated NASCAR and Phoenix International Raceway’s impact on Arizona’s economy, and gave an advance welcome to several hundred thousand guests and millions of television viewers who will witness the thrilling NASCAR action at “Zoomtown U.S.A.” this month. The proclamation is as follows: WHEREAS, Phoenix International Raceway will celebrate its 22nd season of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing at its historic facility, dating back to 1988; and WHEREAS, with its two annual NASCAR weekends, Phoenix International Raceway has created a motorsports and entertainment haven for residents of Arizona and the Southwestern United States; and WHEREAS, Phoenix International Raceway is one of just 14 tracks to host two weekends annually of the prestigious NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and its 36-race schedule; and WHEREAS, with its two NASCAR weekends, Phoenix International Raceway generates a significant economic impact for Arizona annually; and WHEREAS, more than 200,000 guests will attend the NASCAR event weekend and millions of television viewers will be tuned in from across the country to take in views of Arizona’s sun-splashed landscape and dramatic racing action from Phoenix International Raceway; WHEREAS, legends of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, including Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Jimmie Johnson, have visited Victory Lane at Phoenix International Raceway; and WHEREAS, Phoenix International Raceway will deliver a fantastic display of speed and sport by hosting its fifth installment of racing under the lights with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Saturday, April 18, 2009; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Janice Brewer, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim Phoenix International Raceway as
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