IRL: PIR 2004 schedule, ticket information

PHOENIX, AZ (Dec. 8, 2003)* Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for that sports fan in the family? If that's the case, purchase race tickets for any of the 16 races at Phoenix International Raceway. Single event tickets go on sale Saturday,...

PHOENIX, AZ (Dec. 8, 2003)* Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for that sports fan in the family? If that's the case, purchase race tickets for any of the 16 races at Phoenix International Raceway. Single event tickets go on sale Saturday, December 13, and will get you in to see the world's best drivers of Indy Cars, Sports Cars and NASCAR battle each other on the historic mile oval of PIR.

On Saturday, December 13, tickets can be purchased via www.phoenixraceway.com or 1-866-408-7223 beginning at 9 a.m. (AST). The PIR ticket office at the Arizona Center (3rd Street and Van Buren) will be available for those wishing to purchase in person beginning at 10 a.m. (AST) on Monday, December 15. Ticket prices for all events can be found on the PIR website.

"Last year was probably the best in PIR's long history," said Bryan R. Sperber, President of Phoenix International Raceway, "yet next year promises to be even better.Ticket holders will be able to watch 16 different races over the next 11 months, including the four races of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Checker Auto Parts 500 weekend, the Indy 200/Copper World Classic weekend, and our newest event * Phoenix Historic Grand Prix featuring the 33rd annual Kruse Auction. With some tickets starting for as little as $10 for some events, this is certainly one of the best values in all of motorsports."

PIR's '04 schedule begins with the annual NASCAR Winter Heat (Jan. 24-25), followed a few days later by the Phoenix Historic Grand Prix (Jan. 30-Feb. 1). The four-race Indy 200/Copper World Classic helps PIR celebrate its 40-year anniversary of open wheel racing on March 21-23, while the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series runs May 9-10, featuring a larger field of Daytona Prototypes and the only night race on the PIR schedule.Following a summer layoff, the 2004 schedule takes the green flag again on October 2-3 with the second-annual NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend featuring NASCAR Winston West and Featherlite Southwest Series races. The season comes to a close three weeks later with the 17th annual Checker Auto Parts 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race weekend (Nov. 4-7). The weekend includes the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Busch Series race, the Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, and the Cruise America 125 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series race.

<pre> 2004 Phoenix International Raceway Schedule

Jan. 24-25 NASCAR WINTER HEAT Jan. 24 Practices and Qualifying Jan. 25 NASCAR AUTOZONE ELITE DIVISION, SOUTHWEST SERIES Race Jan. 25 NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, WEST SERIES Race

Jan. 30-Feb. 1 PHOENIX HISTORIC GRAND PRIX FEATURING THE 33RD ANNUAL KRUSE AUCTION

March 19-21 INDY 200 & COPPER WORLD CLASSIC WEEKEND Mar. 19 Practice and Qualifying Mar. 20 MERNARDS INFINITI PRO SERIES Race Mar. 20 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES Race Mar. 21 USAC WELD RACING SILVER CROWN SERIES Race Mar. 21 IRL INDYCAR SERIES -- INDY 200

April 9-10 GRAND AMERICAN 250 WEEKEND Apr. 9 GRAND-AM CUP Race Apr. 10 ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES Race GRAND AMERICAN 250 Race

Oct.2-3 NASCAR DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND Oct. 2 Practice and Qualifying Oct. 3 NASCAR AUTOZONE ELITE DIVISION, SOUTHWEST SERIES RACE Oct. 3 NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, WEST SERIES Race

Nov. 4-7 CHECKER AUTO PARTS 500 NEXTEL CUP WEEKEND Nov. 4 CRUISE AMERICA 125 NASCAR FEATHERLITE SOUTHWEST SERIES Race Nov. 5 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP Practice and Qualifying Nov. 5 SILVERADO 150 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES Race Nov. 6 BASHAS' SUPERMARKETS 200 NASCAR BUSCH SERIES Nov. 7 CHECKER AUTO PARTS 500 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES Race

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Series GRANDAM , INDYCAR , NASCAR , USAC , VINTAGE