FAN SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Phoenix International Raceway will kick off its 50th anniversary season with four big days of NASCAR action Feb 28 – March 2, headlined by The Profit on CNBC 500, Presented by Small Business Fueling America NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on March 2.
The event schedule, which occurs one week after the DAYTONA 500, showcases a different NASCAR series race each day: Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series and the K&N Pro Series- West
The green flag will drop on the second NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season, The Profit on CNBC 500, at 1 p.m. local time on Sunday, March 2. Spectator gates open will open at 8 a.m.
Set to begin at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday March 1 is the Blue Jeans Go Green™ 200 presented by Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives® Nationwide Series 200. Spectator gates will open at 9:00 a.m., giving fans the chance to view the NASCAR Nationwide qualifying at 10:10 a.m. and the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Noon.
On Friday, Feb 28, the second stateside running of the Toyota 120 NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series begins under the lights at 7 p.m. Gates will open at 10 a.m. so fans will have the chance to watch the NASCAR Nationwide Series practice at 11 .m. and NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at 4:40 p.m.
Race weekend action will begin on Thursday, Feb 27 with the Talking Stick Resort 75 NASCAR K&N Pro Series- West season opener at 5:00 p.m. Spectator gates will open at 9:00 a.m., giving fans the opportunity to check out the NASCAR K&N Pro Series- West practice at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with qualifying at 1:30 p.m.
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Two-time Olympian and current UFC star Dan Henderson will lead the field to the green flag behind the wheel of the Official Toyota Camry Pace Car at the start of the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 15. Henderson’s appearance was the result of a partnership between PIR and Niner Sports & Entertainment. As the official pace car driver, the 44-year old mixed martial artist will take an honorary lap around the one-mile oval.
Phoenix International Raceway was honored twice in recent weeks by NASCAR for outstanding work in the areas of marketing and community outreach. Earlier this year, PIR's 50th Anniversary was named NASCAR's Marketing Campaign of the Year and the PIR Track Services team received NASCAR's Track Services Teamwork Award; and today, PIR Communications Manager Greg Fresquez received NASCAR's Industry Ambassador Award.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet, is scheduled to appear at Phoenix International Raceway’s Budweiser ROLL-BAR Club for a moderated question and answer session before the CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, March 15.
Phoenix International Raceway hosted up-and-coming driver Ruben Garcia Jr. from the NASCAR Mexico Series as he spoke to more than 2,000 high school students at La Joya Community High School in Avondale on Wednesday, Feb. 18. In addition to his racing background, Garcia talked with the students about the importance of education and pursuing their goals.
Fans coming to the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway will be in for a treat prior to the race. That morning, the popular Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum rock group Tonic will perform a pre-race concert in the fan midway area at 10:30 a.m. MST.