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PHOENIX – Race fans and motorcycle enthusiasts will celebrate diversity during the 2nd Annual Checkered Flag Run to Phoenix International Raceway’s NASCAR Weekend on March 2-3. The exciting two-day event will include a ride to Phoenix International Raceway and an opportunity to enjoy the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race.

“We are pleased to welcome the participants of the Checkered Flag Run to Phoenix International Raceway. Building on the success of last year’s program, we are confidant that all the riders and participants will have a great time at the event,” said Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber.

The largest multicultural motorcycle gathering at NASCAR, The Checkered Flag Run will launch with a kickoff reception featuring live entertainment on Friday, March 2 from 6-10 p.m. at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, AZ.

Saturday, March 3 will begin with a ride to Phoenix International Raceway to enjoy the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race. Riders will start from three separate locations, including Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Radisson Hotel Phoenix Airport and Radisson Hotel Phoenix Chandler, and will arrive at the Phoenix International Raceway by 9 a.m. Reserved parking will be available for participating motorcycles.

Participants will have the opportunity to enter a motorcycle competition judged by legendary motorcycle builders Paul Yaffe, Brian Klock, Dave Perewitz and John Shope, with cash prizes totaling $10,000 as well as the opportunity to participate in the Gatorade Victory Lane celebration that includes the awarding of the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 champion’s trophy to the race winner. Festivities conclude Saturday night with the 3 Amigos Tequila Leather & Lace Ball at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

“We are highlighting the diversity among motorcycle enthusiasts while supporting organizations that work to benefit the multicultural community in the Greater Phoenix and Chandler areas,” said Alan M. Powell, co-founder of the Checkered Flag Run. “We encourage anyone who is interested to join our celebration.”

Tickets to the 2012 Checkered Flag Run can be purchased for $25 until March 1 by calling 1-866-498-RACE (7223) or through After March 1, tickets are available at the gate at PIR. One ticket allows access to all events including Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Race.

A full schedule of events for the Checkered Flag Run can be found at or by visiting Checkered Flag Run on Facebook or Twitter.

Phoenix International Raceway opens their 2012 season immediately following The Great American Race, the Daytona 500. Tickets are now available for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Phoenix International Raceway. Fans can secure their NASCAR tickets today by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or going online at


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