NASCAR Madness At PIR
That lineup on the track at Phoenix International Raceway won’t be the ONLY backlog of vehicles this weekend in the West Valley. Expect major traffic due to the Kobalt Tools 500! Traffic routes have been set up to make this easier for YOU – whether you’re going to the races or not!
(Courtesy of David Madrid – Arizona Republic)
Phoenix International Raceway officials have set up traffic routes to move thousands of racing fans to and from the NASCAR races this weekend.
The NASCAR Kobalt Tools 500 is Friday through Sunday with races that include a doubleheader Saturday and NASCAR’s semifinal race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup on Sunday.
Track officials remind fans who drive to the race that their parking pass determines the route they take.
// Fans without passes who plan to use the free general parking lots should exit I-10 at Litchfield Road or Estrella Parkway at Bullard Avenue. El Mirage Road can be used to reach the racetrack as well, but there is no access to those roads from I-10. During the last race, El Mirage Road was closed because of flooding, but that road is open again.
Drivers should use the same route they used to get to PIR to leave the races.
Fans with special passes and permits should exit I-10 at Avondale Boulevard. They can use that road when leaving the race as well.
Motorists who take the wrong route will face major delays as they approach the track.
The Sunday Sprint Cup Series race, which begins at 1 p.m., will be the busiest race of the weekend. That race should be over about 5 p.m., and traffic is expected to be heavy until about 7 p.m. The exits on I-10 at Avondale Boulevard may be closed periodically to allow race traffic to move north and onto the freeway more easily.
On Sunday only, fans can avoid navigating traffic and use the park-and-ride shuttle, available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cricket Wireless Pavilion, which is two blocks north of Interstate 10 off 83rd Avenue.
Use the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on the Cricket grounds.
The cost for shuttle services is $7 per car. Guests with PIR-issued parking passes can park and ride for free. The shuttle buses of First Student Charter of Phoenix will transport fans via preferential traffic routes and drop off riders at PIR’s Gate 7.
PIR encourages motorists – passengers, not drivers – to call 511 and press *7 when prompted for traffic updates. Or check for traffic updates on Twitter at Twitter.com/PhoenixRaceway.
PIR is collaborating with Avondale, Goodyear, the Maricopa County Transportation Department, the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety to usher fans in and out of the Southwest Valley.
To keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely, officials are using more than 4,000 traffic cones, 600 barricades, about 75 workers and special signs and vehicles. Officials ask that motorists follow directions on the signs and from officers and deputies.