Early Arrival Advised for Motorists
Four-day racing weekend welcoming many to Southwest Valley
Motorists traveling to PIR are advised to call "511" for traffic updates.
Thousands of race fans will soon visit Phoenix International Raceway for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil, and track officials - in conjunction with the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) - have made plans to be sure that every fan enters and exits the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup event as efficiently and safely as possible. Phoenix International Raceway will host races on two evenings, Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13, and two afternoons, Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15. Traveling to and from Phoenix International Raceway requires fans to travel through numerous communities and jurisdictions. Using a plan agreed upon and provided by MCDOT and PIR, a multi-agency contingency including the cities of Avondale and Goodyear, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), ADOT, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety helps to usher fans in and out of the rapidly growing Southwest Valley with ease. The November NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway requires the use of more than 4000 traffic cones, 600 barricades, approximately 75 people, and numerous special signs and vehicles. Even expecting a start time of 1:15 p.m. for Sunday's Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 - the busiest and signature event of the weekend - motorists traveling to Phoenix International Raceway are advised to plan ahead, as traffic will be heavy throughout the hours before the event, a result of the full day of interactive happenings surrounding the 312-mile race. Similarly, fans should expect increased traffic flow along Loop 101, as a well-attended football game is scheduled to begin in Glendale just after the green flag of the NASCAR event. The heaviest outbound flow for the November NASCAR event weekend is expected to take place from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. 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. Phoenix International Raceway encourages motorists - passengers, not drivers - to call 511 for traffic updates. Additionally, fans can check for traffic updates on the official Phoenix International Raceway Twitter feed (@PhoenixRaceway). Park 'N Ride Encouraged
Following its success for previous PIR events, the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Park 'N Ride will be available for fans to make an easy trip to the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil. After much success in recent years, the Park 'N Ride program returns to Cricket Pavilion, located just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue (Exit 135). All NASCAR fans heading to PIR are welcome to enter at the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on Pavilion grounds, from where shuttle bus service from First Student Charter of Phoenix will be provided to the Gate 7 area at the track. Parking and shuttle services to PIR will total just $7 per car. With the green flag dropping on the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at 1:15 p.m., "Park 'N Ride" services will be available for 12 hours - from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. - on Sunday, giving all NASCAR fans an easy way both to and from the track, before and after the race. 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 earlier arrival to the facility. 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). 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. Directions for General Parking Admission - Eastbound:
Take Exit 126 - 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. Directions for General Parking Admission - Westbound:
Take Exit 128 - 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:
Take Exit 131 - 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 or El Mirage Road. Tickets to witness the championship atmosphere of the November NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway - with prices as low as $25 for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 - can be purchased online at the newly-designed PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223). The PIR Ticket Office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 125 S. Avondale Blvd., just south of I-10 at Exit 131 in Avondale.
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