Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today the completion of a pre-event track grooming program in advance of the November 11 AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race, the semi-final race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
“Last year we made a commitment to NASCAR and the drivers to groom the race surface for three races using the tire rotator machine,” said Sperber. “This weekend we completed the last installment of the process and look forward to presenting a championship surface for the AdvoCare 500.”
PIR hired Colorado-based Bandimere Speedway to have a tire rotator machine burnish additional rubber into PIR’s surface, enhancing the racing groove. The process is a continuation of the track’s reconditioning effort that also took place prior to the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ event weekend at PIR last March.
“We have received great feedback from the drivers who have said our process has helped improve the quality of racing at PIR,” said Larry Crispe, executive vice president of operations for Bandimere Speedway. “We are proud to again be a part of the preparations for what will be another great race in Phoenix.”
Last fall, with pre-race input from NASCAR and many of the Series’ top drivers, PIR groomed the race surface using a different tire dragging device. That effort was augmented by six professional drivers running more than 3,000 laps on the new surface prior to the November race weekend. The PIR grooming program was widely lauded by the drivers during the 2011 November NASCAR weekend.