Phoenix Raceway has announced it will undergo a $178 million renovation that's aimed at improving amenities for all racegoers—participants, sponsors, and fans alike. The track hosts a handful of Verizon IndyCar and NASCAR races throughout the year.
The biggest changes will be a revised infield, dubbed the Monster NASCAR Cup Series Garage Fan Zone (where fans will be able to get up close with drivers and teams), moving the start/finish line to Turn 2, and creating a new tunnel for pedestrians to get to and from the infield and their seating areas, which will also apparently have Wi-Fi. Close to the seats will be new elevators, bathrooms, and concessions, too.
Moving the start/finish line closer to Turn 2 will apparently change the racing dynamic quite a bit, making things more competitive and giving audience members a better vantage point to watch races start and end.
Bryan Sperber, president of Phoenix Raceway, said: "When our project is completed, we will have a venue that delivers amazing fan experiences to go along with our reputation for great racing action."
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch seems excited, too, especially about the repositioned start/finish line: "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."
Of course, there will be updated box seats and and grandstands. In conjunction with the in-seat Wi-Fi and updated start/finish line, watching a race here may well become quite a joy.