Variety of NASCAR and IRL events are hosted throughout the year at the Phoenix International Raceway, which was opened in 1988. The checkers auto part course is 312 miles long, that is equal to 312 laps. The race held on the course last year had an average speed of 103MPH.

The entire runway of Phoenix International Raceway was built in 1964, and it boasts world's fastest one mile oval paved track, that is specially designed for auto racing. The Manzanita speedway holds midget, stockcar and sprint races.

If you want to experience NASCAR on a smaller scale in comparison to much larger tracks and spectators, then Phoenix International Raceway is a great track for you. Because the track is smaller, the crowd is smaller, and it becomes easy to bring kids here. It is counted amongst most unique tracks on the NASCAR schedule. The length of the track is equal to the two venues of Nextel Cup Series, but that's the only similarity.

Carl has won three all-new-car series on the Phoenix track, and is looking forward to grab the fourth one also. But the good results on the track have come on super speedways, and not two short tracks. In the second groove, most of the cars get together and hook up. The best part of the race track is that you can pass about anywhere on it. Carved from the foothills of Estrella Mountains, the Phoenix raceway was a new example in the open wheel racing world in the beginning. After 1988, when NASCAR came to Phoenix, it became a world class sporting venue.

The Phoenix International Raceways receives two NASCAR events every year, one in the fall and another in the spring. Fans from all over the world visit the valley to enjoy the racing.