How Big Is Phoenix Motor Speedway? [Answered!]

Now, don’t get us wrong, we love racing and we love Phoenix Motor Speedway. There is just one problem: Where does it end? It seems like there is always some sort of race going on there, and there are just so many tracks it’s hard to keep up! We decided to see how big this incredible motorsport complex actually is. Let’s find out together.

The Grand Total

If you think you’ve seen a lot of racing in your life, you haven’t seen anything yet. The sheer volume of racing here in Phoenix is overwhelming. There are hundreds of race cars, all lined up and ready to race. We counted over 600 trucks, tanks, and all sorts of vehicles. We also counted over 100 flags you needed to complete a laps around the track. So, basically, if you love motorsport and are looking for a spot where it all happens, you’ve come to the right place.

The Layout Of The Track

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how this entire thing ticks. The track is a half-mile long, with two turns and a straightaway. The first turn is named after a well-known Mexican chef – José Salgado. We’re not kidding when we say this track is named after a chef, as there is a restaurant named after him on the premises. The second turn is named after Mario Andretti, the legendary racing driver. The straightaway is named the Mario Andretti Driveway, which is fitting because it’s the last straightaway on this track. The final checkered flag is called the Mario Andretti Pole, just to remind you that this is the end of the road for any racer who decides to go for it.

The Scoring Sheets

We’ll leave you with a cool fact about this track. The scoring sheets here are completely customized, and made entirely out of cardboard. Each sheet is numbered and has a space at the top for the driver’s name. All drivers have to start each race with a new sheet, so each time a race starts, a new set of scoring sheets is handed out. The sheets are numbered by the number of the car. When the checkered flag drops, the last car standing will be the winner, and will get to keep the sheet. This is the only place in the world where you can legally buy a cardboard trophy for something as simple as driving a car on a track! This is also the place where you can legally buy a case of beer, as it is not technically illegal to be here. Some things never change.

Where Do The Cars Come From?

This is another awesome thing about Phoenix. It seems like every other car you see here is either a) old and rusty, or b) has a custom paint job. There are also some incredible cars in here that you wouldn’t expect to see in such a desolate place. For example, we saw a 1968 Camaro track car, which was pretty cool. It was painted all black and had matching black racing seats. It also had an ice cream cone stuck on the rear bumper.

Serving Tasty Drinks

For the avid drinker among you, Phoenix is the place to be. There is a bar called Barrio World, which is a replica of the famous barrio (neighborhood) in Mexico City. Here, you can order a huge mug of beer, which will make you feel like a king or a queen. You can also get a lime or a lemon twist with your drink, whatever you please. Just make sure you order it to go, as taking a sip in the middle of the ride is simply not done. You’ll get a plastic cup, too, just in case you were wondering.

What Else Is Going On?

Did we mention there are actually restaurants here? The track actually sits inside the campus of the Arizona State University, which is why you’ll often see students walking around between bites. The biggest event here is the annual Racing Classic, which takes place during the last week of October. It’s a 10-race series that covers all types of cars and makes for one heck of a party. The entry fee is just $20, and you get to keep the ticket, even if you win. The grandstands are usually packed during this time, as there are usually at least a couple of races going on at the same time. If you miss the Racing Classic, you’ll have to make due with just enjoying the day out at the track. We suggest you make up for it by joining a local motorsport club and getting active with it – we’re certain you’ll have a blast.

So, there you have it; a snapshot of the incredible Phoenix Motor Speedway. Perhaps the best thing about this place is how it makes you feel – as if you’d been transported to another planet and encountered a society that values speed over all else. It’s as if the asphalt is trying to tell you something, and you’re not quite comprehending what it is. You’ll have to find out for yourself, which is why we suggest you visit this incredible spot before it’s too late.

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