Any NASCAR fan is likely well aware of Phoenix’s ISM Raceway, which just recently underwent a $178 million renovation in 2018, placing the raceway at the top of the podium of raceways. Located in the West Valley in Avondale, ISM Raceway’s one-mile oval-shaped track opened in 1964 as Phoenix Raceway and was soon to be known as the “Indianapolis of the West,” due to it being the only road racing course between California and the Mississippi and the only of its kind outside of Daytona Beach.
Today, ISM is home to many events throughout the year. Most notably, it’s the host of the annual Spring NASCAR TicketGuardian Weekend as the fourth race on the NASCAR schedule. In 2020, it will host NASCAR’s Championship Weekend for the first time in the sport’s history. The weekend will feature the deciding races for each of NASCAR’s three national touring series.
Before the exciting 2020 championship, fans can visit the raceway Nov. 8-10, 2019 for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semifinal Weekend. The multi-day event will feature four races over three days including the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series; the 100-lap championship NASCAR K&N Pro West Series race; the NASCAR Xfinity Series, featuring NASCAR’s future stars; and the highlight of the weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semi-Final Race, in which eight premier drivers will compete for a Championship four spots. The final race on Nov. 10 will kick off with a pre-party race hosted by Easton Corbin.
Fans visiting will be able to enjoy all the new amenities and perks from ISM’s multi-million dollar renovation. New upgrades and additions include the INfield, an open-air interactive garage that lets fans get up close and personal to every bit of raceday. Watch crews work live on cars, catch sight of drivers, celebrate in Gatorade Victory Lane and sign the start/finish line on the track. The Dos Equis Curve is a new luxury hospitality club located on the Suite Level with Sky Terrace Roof Seating access where fans can enjoy a lounge, food, drinks, preferred VIP parking, race day extras, unique seating areas and more. Other upgrades include Roll-Bar, a new dining destination with entertainment and driver appearances; The Edge, an exclusive seating section with added perks; new luxury suites; The Perch, an area designed for corporate entertainment; and so much more.
While ISM is a premier destination for NASCAR events, the raceway also hosts other fun activities throughout the year including Segway tours around the racetrack, the popular endurance event Tough Mudder Dec. 7-8, 2019, and the Ultimate 5v5 Street Soccer Tournament, taking place Jan. 4, 2020. During the holidays, guests can drive the track themselves as the raceway is illuminated during Zoomtown Lights. Held Nov. 29 through Dec. 31, 2019, the festive attraction features snowfall canopies and special motorsports-inspired displays and 50 miles of strung lights.