PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY KICKS OFF INAUGURAL NASCAR WEST COAST MEDIA DAY
Phoenix International Raceway participated in the inaugural NASCAR West Coast Media Day at the Petersen Automotive Museum in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. The event, which highlights the second season of back-to-back races at Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fontana, featured NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski. In addition to the upcoming 2016 season, the drivers as well as track presidents discussed the return of “NASCAR Goes West” including the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 13.
“When you think about it, all of these three tracks in-a-row create a tremendously awesome experience that are each very, very different,” said PIR President Bryan R. Sperber. “Phoenix has its own unique characteristic with the cactus and the mountains, but all of them are a lot of fun. We think of our race as Spring Break for NASCAR fans because there’s so much going on. We have a great weather window in March, and everything from great restaurants to the Grand Canyon. It’s also Spring Training, so a lot of the baseball teams from west coast cities like L.A. to San Francisco and San Diego will be in town. It’s a great week for sports fans who want to come out and take in some baseball and enjoy some great racing action at the Good Sam 500 in Phoenix.
Hosted by FOX ‘NASCAR on Sunday’ host Chris Myers, track presidents and drivers participated in a formal Q-&-A press conference with media members and discussed the variety not just of each track, but the experiences that each city has to offer.
“What I like about NASCAR Goes West is that it reminds me of growing up on the West Coast, of traveling up and down the Colorado River and going to all the different little race tracks,” said Las Vegas native Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing. “I encourage fans to look for opportunities to appreciate the west coast the same way, whether it’s going to the seats on Rattlesnake Hill in, or the VIP seats in the shade in Turns 1 and 2 in Phoenix.”
The second year of NASCAR Goes West focuses on the scheduling that follows the three west coast tracks, each of which uniquely prepare the drivers for what lies ahead the rest of the season in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
“NASCAR Goes West is a pretty important part of our season, even though it’s at the beginning of our season, it kind of gives us an idea of where we are at within our racing program,” said Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. “When you have Daytona or Atlanta in there, those types of race tracks don’t really play much of a factor in our final part of the season, but these race tracks do. These are the types of race tracks that are in our Chase, and you usually kind of know where you’re going to stand once these three race tracks are behind you, so I know as drivers, we are anxious to get to these race tracks and see where we are at.”
The drivers will begin the west coast swing on March 4 in Las Vegas before heading south to Phoenix International Raceway for the Good Sam 500 on March 13. Tickets for the Good Sam 500 start at just $25, and 2016 season tickets are available beginning at $99. Individual tickets and season tickets are available online at PhoenixRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the PIR ticket office.