By AMANDA VINCENT
Phoenix International Raceway has submitted renovation plans to the City of Avondale, Ariz. Construction is expected to start next year and be completed in late 2018.
“Phoenix is worn down. It’s got bad seating, and it needs to be upgraded,” John Saunders, President of International Speedway Corporation, the parent company of PIR said. “And, so we went through a process; management went through a process that we shared with our Board back in 2013 where we evaluated our facilities and what kind of master planning they needed, what kind of infusion they would need over extended period of time. And so, there is a priority; prioritization is going on, and Phoenix is sort of next in line.”
Plans include moving the start/finish line to an area between what is now turns one and two and the removal of the frontstretch grandstands, replacing them with an elevated RV parking lot with additional parking behind it.
Other proposed changes include the extension of the Allison grandstand in turn two, moving pit road closer to the infield, the additional of five new garages and moving the media center, infield care center and victory lane.
NASCAR says the plans have not been finalized.
ISC CEO Lesa France Kennedy said before the 2016 NASCAR season that Phoenix and Richmond (Va.) International Raceway were the next two tracks scheduled for upgrades.
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