Phoenix 837

Phoenix

Nigel Mansell’s practice accident before the 1993 Champ Car race once again proved that PIR is not a place for the faint-hearted.

Country
United States
Location
Avondale, Arizona
Co-ordinates
33.375982, -112.311387
Latest Race
First Race

Nigel Mansell’s practice accident before the 1993 Champ Car race once again proved that PIR is not a place for the faint-hearted. Traditionally the first oval of the Champ Car and then IndyCar seasons until 2006, the race was restored to the calendar in 2016. The NASCAR Sprint Cup visits on two occasions each year. Banked at 11 degrees in Turns 1 and 2, and nine degrees in 3 and 4, Phoenix has an awkward dogleg on the backstretch. Drivers are flat-out except for touching the brakes entering Turn 1. Lap times had dipped under 20 seconds before the race switched from CART to IRL, so running in traffic is guaranteed throughout the race. Phoenix was built to replace the Arizona State Fairgrounds dirt oval, which had held races from 1910 until a crash-filled 1962 event.

Road Course

1991 - 2011

Type

Permanent road course

Length

1.51 (Miles)

Oval

1964

Type

Paved oval

Length

1 (Miles)

Fastest Race Lap

Tony Kanaan (Dallara DW12-Chevrolet), 19.7379s, 182.392 mph, Indycars, 2016

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Helio Castroneves (Dallara DW12-Chevrolet), 18.8701s, 190.778 mph, Indycars, 2017

Latest Races

3,187

Championships

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15,801

Results

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16,205

Drivers

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9,501

Teams

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868

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