A Peek At The New Start/Finish Line
One of the goals of the ISM Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar, was to create more comfort, and shade, for you and your family. The new grandstands will be built to the south of the existing Bobby Allison Grandstands. By doing this, the Start/Finish Line needed to be moved out of necessity, so that you wouldn't miss an epic restart or finish!
The new Start/Finish Line will be placed in the corner of the prior Turn 2. Yes, you read that right. It means exciting moments like the race start, restarts and the finish will all take place in a turn. How is that for a unique twist to a unique track?
“It’s great to see ISM Raceway make such a big investment to improve the experience for the fans,” says Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. “I’m from the West Coast and Phoenix is one of those places that always feels like home to me. Moving the Start/Finish Line is a big change for all the racers that have been used to racing at Phoenix in the past; I’m looking forward to seeing how those changes might affect the racing and how the end of the races play out.”
"I love coming to ISM Raceway. It is like a home for me," says Daniel Suarez, Driver of the No. 19 Arris Toyota Camry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. "These changes are going to be great for Phoenix Raceway. I know the drivers on the circuit are excited to see the relocated Start/Finish Line, because it'll make for some pretty thrilling finishes coming into the prior Turn 2 area. There's nothing else in NASCAR like this, and I can't wait to experience it."
And the excitement continues with 2016 Can-Am 500 Winner and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Joey Logano. "Having won the race in November, I'm really excited to get back to ISM Raceway," he says. "Now, add in a relocated Start/Finish Line at one of the most intense spots on the track, an I think it's going to be one of the most hotly contested tracks in NASCAR. It's already one of the best places to watch a race in NASCAR, but they've made a way to watch a close finish even better!"
And NASCAR drivers aren't the only one thrilled for the new changes. Verizon IndyCar Series Driver Alexander Rossi is looking forward to it as well, saying, "Coming down the existing straightaway and now having to make the turn for the Finish Line is going to be a pretty neat experience. There really isn't anything else like it in the sport. It will force us drivers to up the ante and make some pretty tough decisions at the end of races -- but it will make for some wild finishes, I'm sure."
This change also created an opportunity to move the pits and pit road, again, so you don't miss a moment of the action! Another plus, is that this reconfiguration allows for an all-new Infield, which will include incredible views (from your grandstand seats) of both Pre-Race Ceremonies and Gatorade Victory Lane celebrations. Or, you can always buy a new Infield pass and experience it up close and personal, too!