March 6-8 FanShield 500 Speed Fest Weekend
Dominick Cruz


Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today that the track will sponsor UFC® Bantamweight Champion and former star of The Ultimate Fighter® Live on FX, Dominick Cruz during his upcoming title fight in 2013. Sperber announced that PIR’s logo will be visible on Cruz’s trunks and on his sponsorship banner that will be posted in the Octagon® prior to the start of his upcoming fight.

“We are very excited to be sponsoring Dominick Cruz in his upcoming championship fight to retain the UFC® Bantamweight title,” said Sperber. “We believe this is the first time that a track has sponsored a UFC® fighter and the fact that Dominick is both an Arizonan and a NASCAR fan made this a great opportunity for us to support him in regaining his belt.”

Cruz, who will serve as Honorary Pace Car Driver for the Nov. 11 AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, will perform the same duties during the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ on March 3, 2013.

Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Cruz, 27, has compiled a 19-1-0 professional record and has ascended to the top of his profession with wins over Demetrius Johnson, Urijah Faber, Scott Jorgenson, Joseph Benavidez and Brian Bowles. Outside of the Octagon®, Cruz considers himself a NASCAR fan and has attended races at Phoenix International Raceway.

“I’m excited to have a legendary venue like Phoenix International Raceway in my corner as I prepare for my next fight,” said Cruz. “Being from Arizona and being a NASCAR fan, it’s going to be an honor to wear the PIR logo on my trunks when I step into the Octagon®.” 

Cruz, partnering with Niner Sports Marketing, will participate in pre-race ceremonies and will make appearances onsite at PIR on Sunday, November 11. Additional information on race weekend activities is available on Phoenix International Raceway’s official website at

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