By Cynthia Esqueda/for The Sporting Nation
PHOENIX — The Phoenix Raceway Project was unveiled in a press conference on Monday afternoon, and major changes that will excite auto racing fans are on the way.
Phoenix Raceway, located in nearby Avondale, has long been a destination for those who love the adrenalin rush of speed and who are passionate about automobiles. It holds NASCAR and IndyCar races annually, with fans coming from all over the West for race weekends.
Starting next month, ground will be broken on improvements to the fan experience that include a new infield, grandstands, midway access, pit row garages, suites, a different location for the start and finish line, a fan zone, RV zone, leaderboard and bars. Officials said this new development was designed with fans in mind.
The project costs $178 million. “This is a really huge day for our company," said Lesa France Kennedy, CEO of the International Speedway Corporation. "It's an excellent sports destination, its great for motor sports, our fans love it. They love coming out here, they love seeing the exciting raceway we feel like they are really going to enjoy the new facility.”
The President of Phoenix Raceway, Bryan Sperber, said “each of the news seats in the new grandstand area throughout the venue will all be individual seats. There will be Wi-Fi thought out the venue, a climate controlled club and new fan zone area. Fans will be able to enter into a garage structure, like a locker room, to interact with the teams and drivers. At the end of the race the fans will be able to celebrate with their heroes.”
Daniel Suarez, one of NASCAR's top young drivers who is from Mexico, expressed his view on the new innovative project at Phoenix Raceway the new experience to come.
”Phoenix has been a really great place to me, amazing fans, a lot of support. That is something very important and also the huge investment from NASCAR to Phoenix Raceway," he said. "I think it’s going to be amazing for the fans. They are going to get the possibility to interact more with the drivers. I think it’s going to be really cool, I am very excited.”
Suarez and other drivers tested the track at Phoenix Raceway on Tuesday. The modernization won't be
fully completed until November of 2018, but the raceway will host two NASCAR series races in March and
November and a Grand Prix on April 29.