TRAFFIC AND FAN GUIDELINES
PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ANNOUNCES TRAFFIC AND FAN GUIDELINES FOR MARCH 2-4 SUBWAY FRESH FIT 500™ RACE WEEKEND
Fans Encouraged to Arrive Early and Enjoy Full Schedule of Activities
PHOENIX – Phoenix International Raceway is encouraging fans to prepare for race day traffic by arriving early and enjoying the full NASCAR experience during the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ event weekend, March 2-4. PIR will open its 2012 NASCAR season with three races, including Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at 1 p.m.
The weekend schedule also features two races on Saturday, March 3, including the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at 2:30 p.m. and the Talking Stick Resort 50 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at 5:30 p.m.
A NASCAR weekend at ZOOMTOWN, U.S.A.®, Phoenix International Raceway will be an experience like no other. Expect exciting racing on the track and a fun party atmosphere throughout the raceway. Whether you are a die-hard fan cheering on your favorite driver or a first-time fan catching NASCAR fever, PIR is the place for your entertainment. Expect to have a great time while taking part in the interactive displays on our fan midway or experiencing great live entertainment on one of our many stages.
A full list of fan guidelines, including when to arrive, what to expect, recommended attire, what you can or cannot bring and a full list of activities scheduled throughout race weekend is available by visiting www.phoenixraceway.com and selecting the “NASCAR 101” tab at the top of the homepage.
Phoenix International Raceway, in collaboration with the Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County’s Department of Transportation and Sheriff’s Office, and the cities of Avondale and Goodyear recommend the following guidelines when traveling to and from the Raceway:
- Construction at I-10 and Avondale Blvd. (Exit 131) has been completed and is open to traffic.
- During the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ event weekend at PIR, “Road Safe” will deploy more than 4,000 traffic cones, 600 barricades, approximately 75 people, and numerous special signs and vehicles to help ensure safe travel for the nearly 100,000 fans heading to the track.
- Phoenix International Raceway encourages fans to call 511 and press *7 when prompted for traffic updates. Additionally, fans can check for traffic updates on Twitter at Twitter.com/PhoenixRaceway.
- The Sunday SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ will conclude at approximately 5 p.m. with the heaviest outbound flow of traffic 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 for Sunday
Due to the expected race day traffic on Sunday, March 4, PIR and local authorities are encouraging fans to utilize the highly efficient Park ‘N Ride program. Park ‘N Ride is located at the Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion, just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue (Exit 135).
All NASCAR fans heading to PIR are advised to enter at the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on Pavilion grounds. From there, a shuttle from First Student Charter of Phoenix will transport patrons to the vicinity of Gate 4 at the track. Pick-up after the race will be from the same location.
Park ‘N Ride services will be available from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., giving all NASCAR fans an alternate transportation option, before and after the race. The first shuttle will depart at 7:30 a.m. The raceway opens to the public Sunday at 8 a.m.
Cost for parking and shuttle services to PIR is $7 per car for fans without PIR-issued parking passes. Guests with PIR-issued parking passes can utilize the Park ‘N Ride at no charge.
Parking Pass Determines Exit
Fans driving their own vehicles to the track should remember that their parking pass determines the exits they should take from I-10 to the race.
Fans with special passes and permits only should exit at Avondale Boulevard (Exit 131). Motorists who take the wrong routes may face major delays as they approach the track. Guests with facility parking passes may refer to the reverse side of their parking pass for directions to and from the track.
Fans without passes who plan 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.
Directions for General Parking Admission – Eastbound:
Take Estrella Parkway (Exit 126). 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 Litchfield Road (Exit 128) or Estrella Parkway (Exit 126). 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 (Buckeye Road) 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 Avondale Boulevard (Exit 131). 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 only may use Avondale Boulevard.
Map of Inbound Traffic Flow
Map of Outbound Traffic Flow
– PhoenixRaceway.com –
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