Motorists Encouraged to be Early, Aware
Three-day racing weekend welcoming many to Southwest Valley
NASCAR fans are encouraged to call 511 and press *7 for traffic information.
Thousands of race fans will soon visit Phoenix International Raceway for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600™, 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 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event as efficiently and safely as possible. Phoenix International Raceway will host races on three evenings: Thursday, April 8; Friday, April 9; and Saturday, April 10. 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 collaboration 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 April 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 4:30 p.m. for Saturday's SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600™ - 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 375-mile race. Though the race distance has increased this spring from the previous distance - 312 laps - the event is still expected to finish at the same time, a result of advancing the start time from 5:30 p.m., as had been the scheduled start in previous years. The heaviest outbound flow for the April NASCAR event weekend is expected to take place from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. 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 and press *7 when prompted 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 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600™ will be available for fans to make an easy trip to the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600™. 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 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600™ at 4:30 p.m., "Park 'N Ride" services will be available for 12 hours - from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. - on Saturday, 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. Tickets for 2010 at Phoenix International Raceway can be purchased online at 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.