Phoenix International Raceway
, also known as PIR
, is a one-mile, low-banked tri-oval
race track located in Avondale, Arizona
. The track opened in 1964 and currently hosts two NASCAR
race weekends annually. PIR has also hosted the Indycar Series
and the Rolex Sports Car Series
. The raceway is currently owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation
The raceway was originally constructed with a 2.5 miles (4.0 km) road course
that ran both inside and outside of the main tri-oval. In 1991 the track was reconfigured with the current 1.51 miles (2.43 km) interior layout. PIR has an estimated grandstand seating capacity of around 67,000. Lights were installed around the track in 2004 following the addition of a second annual NASCAR race weekend.
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