Tag Archive: Phoenix International Raceway

Oct 21

Phoenix testing focuses on proper tire, aero setup for 2017 race

Following an 11-year absence, INDYCAR returned to the oval in the desert this past season

Helio CastronevesFollowing a successful return to the iconic Phoenix International Raceway during the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, five driver/car combinations tested Tuesday on the mile oval in Avondale, Ariz., in an effort to make the 2017 race even more exciting. Read the rest of this entry »

May 03

Sarah Fisher enjoys setting the pace at INDYCAR events

From her time racing sprint cars and midgets, to Indy cars and then as an INDYCAR team owner, Sarah Fisher was used to being a pace setter.

Sarah FisherNow, she’s setting the pace once again in the truest sense of the word as the new primary pace car driver for the Verizon IndyCar Series. With longtime pace car driver Johnny Rutherford scaling back this season to drive only at Phoenix International Raceway earlier this month and the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May, INDYCAR officials went searching for a successor. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 03

Scott Dixon wins at Phoenix to tie Al Unser for fourth in all-time victories

In the heat of the desert, the “Ice Man” lived up to his nickname by remaining cool all the way to Victory Lane

Scott DixonReigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon won the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway under caution after rookie Alexander Rossi made contact with the wall two laps from the finish of the 250-lap event. It was the first career win at PIR for both Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (in any race series). Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 03

Alexander Rossi keeps it cool in strong debut oval race

Making his oval debut at the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix

Alexander Rossi keeps it cool in strong debut oval race Alexander Rossi collected 18 more valuable points in his second race for the 2016 IndyCar Series this weekend, moving him to 12th in the Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

James Hinchcliffe turns valuable laps in final practice before Phoenix race

Pole sitter Helio Castroneves posted the best lap in the practice

James HinchcliffeThe usual suspects led the final practice for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix as the sun set on Phoenix International Raceway, but it may have been the driver who was 12th on the speed chart that had the most important session. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 01

Back to the future: INDYCAR returns to Phoenix International Raceway

Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix

Phoenix International RacewayThe blockbuster 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season takes a page out of its own history this weekend with the highly anticipated return to Phoenix International Raceway for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Desert Diamond West Valley named title sponsor of Phoenix race

The Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix will take place under the lights April 2

Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand PrixDesert Diamond West Valley, a new gaming casino in suburban Phoenix, has been named title sponsor of the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 13

Kevin Harvick wins at Phoenix

Harvick edges Edwards for thrilling Phoenix victory

Harvick celebrates closest Phoenix finishKevin Harvick asserted his desert dominance in thrilling fashion, grabbing a victory by just 0.010 of a second over Carl Edwards in the 312-lap, 312-mile Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday.

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Mar 01

Phoenix is a welcome addition to the schedule

Fans enjoyed it, drivers enjoyed it, teams enjoyed it

Phoenix International RacewayFollowing the Feb. 26-27 promoter test at Phoenix International Raceway, the sentiment was nearly unanimous that the Verizon IndyCar Series is back where it belongs. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 28

Castroneves back on top as Phoenix test comes to close

Missing the most of the early session didn’t affect Helio Castroneves too much

Helio CastronevesThe three-time Indianapolis 500 winner made up for lost time by setting the fastest lap in the final three-hour session of the Verizon IndyCar Series Test in the West, a two-day promoter test at Phoenix International Raceway. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 27

Castroneves unofficially breaks Phoenix track record on test’s opening day

The Test in the West is already bringing out the best in Team Penske. Record best.

Helio CastronevesHelio Castroneves led four Team Penske drivers in the top six after the first session of the Phoenix International Raceway promoter test Feb. 26, with a lap time that unofficially eclipsed the track record on the 1.022-mile short oval. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 16

Earnhardt Jr. wins rain-shortened Phoenix race

93 laps short of its scheduled distance of 312 laps

Phoenix Chase race results

A serendipitous sequence of pit stops and a drizzle that turned into a downpour made a winner of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Sunday night’s Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, the start of which was delayed from day to night by rain in the afternoon.

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Mar 16

Harvick wins fourth straight Phoenix race

The No. 4 driver led a race-high 224 laps in the desert

Harvick wins fourth straight Phoenix raceYes, the best car won Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway — but one-man juggernaut Kevin Harvick had to hold off charging Jamie McMurray on the final restart with 12 laps left to notch his fourth straight victory at the one-mile track. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 11

NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Phoenix International Raceway

Bloomin’ Onions May Become Scarce After NASCAR Visits Phoenix

NASCAR logo Every time Kevin Harvick finishes in the top 10, customers at Outback Steakhouse can get a Bloomin’ Onion the following day. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 09

NASCAR Mexico Series set to air season-opening race on NBC UNIVERSO

2015 season takes Green Flag at Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR logo The ninth season of the NASCAR Mexico Series under the NASCAR banner will take the green flag on Friday at Phoenix International Raceway, and fans across the United States can catch all the electrifying action of Mexico’s national racing championship on NBC UNIVERSO. The broadcast of the Toyota 120 will air live beginning at 10 p.m. ET. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 05

Phoenix to add tire barrier for race weekend

PIR will work with NASCAR to enhance ‘impact-absorbing technologies’

Phoenix International Raceway wall Jimmie JohnsonPhoenix International Raceway, which will host the second leg of NASCAR’s West Coast trip, announced Wednesday that it will install a tire barrier in time for next weekend’s tripleheader. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 05

NASCAR National Series News & Notes + Fast Facts

Phoenix is Harvick’s race to win

NASCAR logo If Kevin Harvick had to hand-pick a track to race in a “win-or-go-home” situation, he would likely choose Phoenix International Raceway. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 03

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500

There have been 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR logo A look at the Eliminator 8 – and beyond – at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona going into the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 on November 9. ESPN’s coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET and the race is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 03

Harvick wins fifth career Phoenix race, makes first trip to Victory Lane with Stewart-Haas Racing

Kevin Harvick dominates in Phoenix win

Kevin Harvick - photo © Robert Laberge - Getty Images In a race that began with an air of inevitability as thick as the storm clouds that pelted Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday night, Kevin Harvick survived a succession of late restarts to win Sunday’s The Profit on CNBC 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 03

DJ Kennington kicks off season

Kennington in Arizona

NPP Late Model Series logo Canada’s DJ Kennington was all smiles at Phoenix International Raceway Thursday night after driving the Northern Provincial Pipelines/Clark Construction #81 Dodge to a top-five finish.

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