Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Weekend Traffic Information

Phoenix International Raceway is encouraging fans to prepare for race day traffic by arriving early and enjoying the full NASCAR experience during the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 event weekend, Nov. 12-15. In addition to the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 12:30 p.m. (local), the race weekend at PIR will include the DAV 200 – Honoring America’s Veterans NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m., the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. and the Casino Arizona 100 NASCAR K&N Series West race on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m.


A NASCAR weekend at ZOOMTOWN, U.S.A.®,  is an experience like no other. Expect exciting racing on the track and a fun party atmosphere throughout the raceway.  Whether you are a die-hard fan cheering on your favorite driver or a first-time fan catching NASCAR fever, PIR is the place for your entertainment. Expect to have a great time while taking part in the interactive displays on our fan midway or experiencing great live entertainment on one of our many stages.

A full list of fan guidelines, including when to arrive, what to expect, recommended attire, what you can or cannot bring and a full list of activities scheduled throughout race weekend is available by visiting www.PhoenixRaceway.com and selecting the “Visiting PIR” tab at the top of the homepage and browsing to the “PIR 101: Raceday FAQ’s” page.


Phoenix International Raceway, in collaboration with the Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County’s Department of Transportation and Sheriff’s Office, and the cities of Avondale and Goodyear, recommend the following guidelines when traveling to and from the raceway:

  • When exiting I-10, westbound or eastbound, be sure to follow the signage and traffic plan marked out to guide you to the track for the quickest and safest route.  During the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 event weekend at PIR, traffic safety will deploy more than 4,000 traffic cones, 600 barricades, approximately 75 people, and numerous special signs and vehicles to help ensure safe travel for the nearly 100,000 fans heading to the track.
  • Race fans can call 511 and press *7 when prompted for traffic updates. Additionally, fans can check for traffic updates on Twitter at Twitter.com/PhoenixRaceway.
  • On Sunday, the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 will conclude at approximately 3 p.m. with the heaviest outbound flow of traffic expected to take place from 3 to 6 p.m. During this period, motorists traveling on I-10 will experience intermittent closing of Exit 131 (Avondale Boulevard) to allow for the successful egress of race traffic.


Due to the expected race day traffic on Sunday, Nov. 15, PIR and local authorities are encouraging fans to utilize the highly efficient Park ‘N Ride program.
 Park ‘N Ride is located at the Ak-Chin Pavilion, just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue (Exit 135).

All NASCAR fans heading to PIR are advised to enter at the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on Pavilion grounds. From there, a shuttle from First Student Charter of Phoenix will transport patrons to a location near Gate 4 at the track. Pick-up after the race will be from the same location.

Park ‘N Ride services will be available from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., giving all NASCAR fans an alternate transportation option, before and after the race. The first shuttle will depart at 7:30 a.m. The raceway opens to the public Sunday at 8 a.m.

Cost for parking and shuttle services to and from PIR is $7 per car for fans without PIR-issued parking passes. Guests with PIR-issued parking passes or with government-issued disability parking tags can utilize the Park ‘N Ride at no charge. ADA accessible buses are available.


Parking Pass Determines Exit

Fans driving their own vehicles to the track should remember that their parking pass determines the exits they should take from I-10 to the race. Motorists who take the wrong routes may face major delays as they approach the track.

Phoenix International Raceway is proud to offer nearly 900 disabled parking spaces on our property, and all fans who purchase a wheelchair-accessible seat to the race will receive a parking pass for the ADA lot. PIR provides a free tram system that operates along the southern edge of the facility. Guests who utilize the tram system will be dropped off near the entry gate.

ONLY those fans with PIR-issued parking passes and government-issued disability parking permits should exit at Avondale Boulevard (Exit 131). Refer to the reverse side of the parking pass for directions to and from the track.

Fans without passes who plan to use the free general parking lots must exit the roadway at either Litchfield Road (Exit 128) or Estrella Parkway (Exit 126) and travel south following directions.


Directions to free parking lots – Eastbound:

Take Estrella Parkway (Exit 126). Drive south approximately five miles to Vineyard Road. Follow the signs and directions from officers and deputies to the parking lots.

Directions to free parking lots – Westbound:

Take Litchfield Road (Exit 128). Drive south approximately two miles to MC 85. Drive west on MC 85 approximately one mile to Bullard Avenue. Drive south on Bullard Avenue and follow the signs and directions from officers and deputies to the parking lots.

Directions for Local Traffic – MC 85 (Buckeye Road):

Local fans who travel on MC 85 (Buckeye Road) should exit on Litchfield Road or Bullard Avenue. Fans with special passes and permits only may use Avondale Boulevard.

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