NASCAR has taken over the valley of the sun and it seems as though everyone is at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) this weekend. Whether its your first time at PIR or your twentieth, here are some fast facts you may not have known about the track:
The track was completed in January of 1964 and opened as a home for open-wheel racing. The first NASCAR race wasn’t until 1988. PIR features a tri-oval design which is the result of some design constraints around the track-mountains on one side, a road course and drag strip on the other. The frontstretch length of the track is 1,179 feet, the backstrech length is 1,551 feet, while the pit road length is 1,140 feet. The total distance driven by the race cars in one lap is a mile. The track also has variable banking. Turns 1-2 have a 10-11 degree angle while 10-11 degree is also seen
Kyle Busch dominated the AXALTA Faster. Tougher. Brighter 200 at Phoenix International Raceway in the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, securing his ninth win in the XFINITY Series in phoenix.
According to Busch, his participation in the Saturday races help get him prepared for the following Sprint Cup race on Sundays, however he notes that its not as easy as it looks and it definitely was not today as Busch’s teammates almost seemed to be breathing down his neck the entire race. “They were fast, and they made me drive me car as hard as I could all day long. I never could give up, or take it easy out there in order to try to save some stuff. They were pushing me.”
Busch attributes the win to great communication between himself and Chris Gayle in addition to the Camry. “We didn’t quite qualify on the pole, but that’s not what pays the
Having completed the first three races making up the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, drivers and teams are now focused on the 1-mile oval at Phoenix International Raceway for the next event, currently underway, the Good Sam 500.
Previously in Las Vegas, drivers had to endure high winds and a dust storm. Team Penske dominated as Brad Keselowski won the race, followed by teammate Joey Logano.
At this point in the series, the cars have been using the new lower downforce package and six drivers have finished in the top ten at each race while other drivers have suffered devastating blows and are in need of a change.
Here are drivers to watch this weekend at the Good Sam 500:
1. Matt Kenseth
Kenseth won the Sprint Cup in 2003 and over his career has had seemingly random results at PIR but has secured one victory in phoenix. In his last nine starts at
According to the 2016 NASCAR rules 40 cars is a full field meaning all 39 cars on the entry list should qualify for Sunday’s Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. This is the fourth event in the 2016 Sprint Cup season.
During the ’60s the Ford Galaxie 500XL fastback was the car to beat as they rocked the NASCAR and NHRA fields with unbeatable performance. As NASCAR is taking over Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, race fans can get excited for the action with a throwback and watch Bodie Stroud restore a 1963.5 Galaxie 500XL R-code with a 427 Ford V8 on tonight’s episode of American Restoration (9/8 p.m. CST on HISTORY).
Bodie Stroud is known for his ability to retain an original look while updating the technology in his restorations and this Galaxie is no exception. The exterior of the car will show subtle mods such as a hood scoop, Brembo brakes, and MagnaFlow mufflers while the serious mods will take place under the hood. The 427 is set to output around 800 horsepower and is known as the 90-day wounder due to Ford producing the motor in just 90 days during the ’60s purpose built to be
Once every so often a car is produced that is just way ahead of its time. Here are 12 of them:
1. Mercedes 600 Groβe
With a $20,000 base price in 1963, the Mercedes 600 “Big” solidifies Mercedes as the finest auto manufacturer in the world. Using a complex ball joint suspension, virtually unheard of at the time, gave the 600 the smoothest ride of any car. More impressive is the 3,200 psi hydraulic system powering literally everything in the car from window switches, sunroof, doors, HVAC, and even the trunk in the name of silent operation. This is the only car in the world built off of a “cost is no object” strategy.