Phoenix race sponsor announced

Food City to Sponsor Rolex Series 250-mile Sports Car Race Under the Lights at Phoenix International Raceway PHOENIX -- Phoenix International Raceway has announced that Food City, a division of Bashas' Supermarkets, will sponsor next...

Food City to Sponsor Rolex Series 250-mile Sports Car Race Under the Lights at Phoenix International Raceway

PHOENIX -- Phoenix International Raceway has announced that Food City, a division of Bashas' Supermarkets, will sponsor next Saturday's featured Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race. The Food City 250 will take the green flag at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, following two full days of qualifications, practice, and a Friday evening Grand-Am Cup Grand Sport race.

"We are thrilled to have a quality brand like Food City sponsoring the premier sports car event in Arizona. This year, we will have the best sports car field to have ever competed at PIR with outstanding teams and drivers from the United States, Mexico, and Canada. And, to have Food City join us as title sponsor, adds even more prestige and excitement.

The lineup for Saturday night's Food City 250 is almost four times greater than it was for last year's event, with 18 Daytona Prototypes -- the premier class of the series -- entered for the race. Last year's winners, Hurley Haywood and JC France will return with their Brumos Racing Porsche Fabcar, along with Scott Pruett and Max Papis in one of Chip Ganassi's new CompUSA Lexus Rileys, and Scottsdale's Didier Theys and Jan Magnussen in a Lexus Doran. Other Daytona Prototypes that will vie for the win include Pontiac Crawfords, Ford Multimatics, and BMW Picchios, plus the various Ferraris, Porches, and BMWs in the GT and SGS classes.

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup star Kyle Petty will return to PIR for the first time since last November in a Porsche GT3RS, the same car he raced at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. "Stock cars are just so heavy," said Petty. "The power to weight ratio is just so much different than the Porsche. From a driver's perspective, I don't think I've ever sat in anything that wasn't fun to drive. But these things are a thrill to drive. With 40 plus cars running that kind of race, it's going to be like us (NASCAR) at Bristol."

Tickets for Friday's qualifying and the Grand-Am Cup race are just $10, with children 12 and under. Tickets for the Saturday night Food City 250 are just $25 each, $5 for children, and all guests will have access to the garage and paddock. Camping and VIP Suite hospitality package are also available. Tickets are available by phone at 602-252-2227, at track's downtown ticket office at the Arizona Center, 3rd Street and Van Buren in Phoenix, or online at www.phoenixraceway.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kyle Petty , Jan Magnussen , Didier Theys , Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Hurley Haywood , JC France , Chip Ganassi