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won’t find our community on the map, but you’ll find us a little west of Phoenix along Interstate 10. The Southwest Valley includes the cities of Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, and Tolleson. Four cities…One Destination…A modern community with a hometown feel. You can enjoy Major League Baseball, the excitement of NASCAR®, and gridiron action of the National Football League. Wander through our award-winning zoo and aquarium, hike through our mountain parks, or take a relaxing walk along the Tres Rios wildlife area. Every day is a sunny day here (well, almost every day) making it a great place for the outdoor enthusiast or winter visitor escaping the cold. Golf, tennis, swimming, fishing, and other fun is waiting for you. There’s plenty to do inside, too! Amazing entertainment centers, the most modern movie theaters, bowling, shopping, antiquing, museums, and art galleries are only some of the indoor adventures. Whether for pleasure or business, choose from the dozens of hotels and resorts to fit your needs and lifestyle. There’s a perfect spot for the entire family, a couple’s getaway, or the traveling professional. You’ll be overwhelmed with the choices in places to dine in the Southwest Valley. Fine dining, casual restaurants, darling cafés, your familiar favorites and our own hometown flavors. You better come hungry! Arts and culinary festivals, music and dance events, parades and fairs, and over one hundred other events happen each year in the Southwest Valley. Make your first stop the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce – a designated visitor information center. Pick up free information about the community and other attractions in Arizona. Find your best memories in the Southwest Valley!

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July 4th Waterpalooza Location: Friendship Park

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Culturepop Block Party Location: Estrella Mountain Community College

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Billy Moore Days Location: Western Ave - DeConcinci Park

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Tres Rios Nature Festival & Concert Location: Base & Meridian Wildlife Area

Movie Night and Family Campout Location: Friendship Park 12325 W McDowell Rd

April Glow in the Dark Battle - Teens ONLY Location: Civic Center Library Avondale KIDSFEST! Location: Friendship Park Movie Night Location: TBD

May Avondale Fiesta Location: Historic Avondale Memorial Day Location: Avondale City Hall

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Veterans Day Location: Estrella Community College

December WinterFest Location: Avondale City Hall

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January Litchfield Park Gathering Located in the center of town (Wigwam Blvd & Old Litchfield Rd)

February Wigwam Festival of Fine Art Located in the center of town (Wigwam Blvd & Old Litchfield Rd)

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Litchfield Park Art & Wine Festival Located in the center of town (Wigwam Blvd & Old Litchfield Rd)

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Hot Coffee Art Lecture Series

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Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts Located in the center of town (Wigwam Blvd & Old Litchfield Rd)

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Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest

Christmas in the Park Located in the center of town (Wigwam Blvd & Old Litchfield Rd)

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the soccer fields of Friendship Park to the high velocity excitement of ISM Raceway, Avondale has something for everyone. Billed as the world’s fastest 1-mile paved oval and host to multiple NASCAR and other special events annually, the raceway attracts hundreds of thousands of racing enthusiasts throughout the year. Avondale Co unty is also the proud home to the Randall McDaniel Sports Complex that features the largest indoor multi-sport facility in the state and hosts a variety of volleyball, basketball and soccer leagues and tournaments year-round. Avondale offers a variety of entertainment options, including movie theaters, bowling, fitness clubs, entertainment centers, shopping and dining selections that range from eclectic cafes to hometown flavors and familiar favorites. The Historic Avondale district is home to art galleries, public art displays, murals and serves as a prime location for community events.

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On behalf of the City Council and myself, I would like to extend a US Census Figure warm welcome from the City of Avondale! The only ax Rate Arizona city to be recognized sT as a 2017 All-America City % by the National Civic League, our community boasts State/County 6.3%, City 2.5% many features that make it a wonderful place to live, work, visit, play and invest. Inc As you explore our city, o you will encounter a fabulous variety of cultural, recreational and entertainment amenities that you will definitely want to experience. Avondale prides itself on being a vibrant and friendly Eleva t community and I hope this publication showcases the Feet area’s assets and serves as a valuable tool to further enhance your time here. Respectfully, Mayor Kenneth Weise

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With nearly 200 acres of parks and 7.5 miles of lakeside trails, Avondale also offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. As the only city in the Valley where three rivers converge, Avondale is designated as a significant birding corridor by the National Audubon Society and the Base & Meridian Wildlife Area is home to many species of fish, birds and wildlife.

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Estrella Mountain Regional Park comprises almost 20,000 acres. The park contains Feet 8 major mixed-use trails l (hiking, mountain biking, and e vat i o n horseback riding) of more than 33 miles, a 9.5 mile competitive mountain biking track, campgrounds, two baseball fields and a large horse staging area. The park also boasts the county’s only grassy picnic area, a golf course and a professional level rodeo arena. With several public and semi-public golf courses, Goodyear offers something for golfers of all levels. Rolling hills and tree-lined fairways, water hazards and sand traps, each course has its own character filled with competitive challenges. From executive to championship courses, you’ll enjoy playing Goodyear’s unique golf landscape. Great local courses in and around Goodyear include: Palm Valley Golf Club, Eagles Nest Golf Club, Tuscany Falls Golf Club, Tres Rios Golf Course, Golf Club of Estrella, Falcon Golf Club, and Wigwam Resort & Golf Club.

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Enjoy attending professional sports events at the award winning Goodyear Ballpark – spring training and player development home of the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. This state-of-the-art baseball complex includes 8,000 stadium seats, 1,500 lawn seats, 6 luxury suites, terrace seating on the third level behind home plate, and 300 seats in the Right Field Pavilion. Goodyear’s Parks & Recreation Department also offers an abundance of park and recreational facilities; including a community center, public swimming pools, two dog parks, and a BMX park.

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The primary city logo consists of the following elements: sunrays, a mountain range, building shapes, rooftops created by an inline and the city of Goodyear logotype. The logo should appear in one single color as shown here, in either Yellow (PMS 7549) or Gray (PMS 416 C or PMS 417 U). For complete color usage, please refer to pages 10-12. This logo should be used with all branded city materials, both internally and externally, to present a unified, consistent image.

CITY LOGOTYPE The city logotype is based on the font Century Gothic Bold, and its weight has been customized for strength, legibility and use within the primary city logo. It may be used in place of the primary city logo in applications where there are confined areas or space restrictions. Color guidelines for the city logotype follow the primary city logo color usage (pages 10-12).

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For more information about Goodyear visit: www.goodyearaz.gov City of Goodyear 190 N Litchfield Rd Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-932-3910

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Great Litchfield Park Events Include: January Litchfield Park Gathering For festival information visit: www.litchfieldparkgathering.com.

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Litchfield Park Art & Wine Festival For festival information visit www.litchfield-park.org.

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Cycling, walking, and jogging are popular pastimes, whether on the wide tree-lined streets or on the 12 miles of pathway that wind in and around the city. The 10 city parks provide for a variety of year-round activities with playground equipment for smaller children, ramadas and picnic areas for enjoyment by residents and visitors. Litchfield Park is a community of well-educated, connected people who value a unique and healthy lifestyle.

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Litchfield Park, Arizona, is a small residential community in Maricopa County, only 2 miles north of I-10 and 16 miles west of US Census Figure downtown Phoenix. It is a unique city, envisioned to provide both aesthetic and commercial amenities. The magnificent palm and orange trees lining the wide ax Rate streets were integrated into the urban sT design years ago. Along with the mature % landscaping, they now serve to showcase miles of pathways, beautiful homes, charming sidewalk cafes, an award- winning State/County 6.3%, school and the celebrated AAA FourCity 2.8% Diamond Wigwam Resort with 54 holes of golf and other resort amenities. Next to the resort, the community features a quaint downtown with a choice of restaurants and services. Rated the No. 1 place to live in Arizona by Movoto, a national real estate firm based in San Mateo, California and recognized by Phoenix Magazine as “One of the 10 Best Places to Live in Arizona,” the City of Litchfield Park provides not only Inc o a strong quality of life to its residents, it attracts visitors from all over the Valley who come to enjoy the many amenities the beautiful small city has to offer. l e Feet vat i o n

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If you enjoy art and craft festivals, great food and wine events and outdoor concerts, you have another reason to spend time in this beautiful city. Litchfield Park is well-known for its celebration of the arts. The city’s awardwinning festivals and six Arts in the Park outdoor concerts along with the Litchfield Park Fine Art and Wine Festival, the annual Library Arts and Crafts show, and the Native American Fine Arts Festival truly make Litchfield Park a destination place for art and music lovers alike.

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Whether you’re a pro or just learning how to perfect your swing, hit the links in the Southwest Valley for some of the best golf in Arizona. The Southwest Valley is home to world-renowned golf featuring breathtaking views of sweeping vistas set against the natural beauty of rugged mountains and blue western skies. And, with near perfect weather, it’s possible to enjoy the sport year-round. Coldwater Golf Club 100 N Clubhouse Dr Avondale, AZ 623.932.9000 coldwatergolfclub.com Eagle’s Nest Golf Course 3645 Clubhouse Dr Goodyear, AZ 623.935.6761 robson.com/pebblecreek Falcon Golf Course 15152 W Camelback Rd Litchfield Park, AZ 623.935.7800 playfalcongolf.com Golf Club of Estrella 11800 S Golf Club Dr Goodyear, AZ 623.386.2600 estrellagolf.com

Tuscany Falls Golf Course 16262 Clubhouse Dr Goodyear, AZ 623.935.6757 robson.com/communities/ pebblecreek/golf/ Valley Golf Center 12247 W Indian School Rd Avondale, AZ 623.935.9351 valleygolfcenteraz.com Wigwam Resort & Golf Club 300 E Wigwam Blvd Litchfield Park, AZ 623.935.9414 wigwamarizona.com

Palm Valley Golf Club 2211 N Litchfield Rd Goodyear, AZ 623.935.2500 palmvalleygolf.com Tres Rios Golf Course 15205 W Vineyard Ave Goodyear, AZ 623.932.3714 estrella-golf.com

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West Valley Arts Council

The West Valley Arts Council was incorporated as the Cultural Arts Society West in 1969 and changed its name to the West Valley Fine Arts Council in 1989 to reflect a broader, more inclusive vision. It became the West Valley Arts Council (WVAC) in 2004. WVAC has been central to creating what is recognized as a “high quality of life” for West Valley residents and is the only multi-disciplinary arts organization of its type and scope in the Valley.

The Litchfield Park Historical Society & Museum 13912 W Camelback Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 Summer Hours West Valley (Memorial Day through Labor Day) - Wed 9am-Noon Arts Council Labor Day through Memorial Day Vision Wed, Thurs & Fri - 10am-4pm Statement: Also by Appointment - 623.535.4414 The West Valley Admission is Free History Arts Council (WVAC) The Litchfield Park Historical Society opened its Museum in Originally founded in 1969, today the WVAC is the only regional enriches the West October 2012 in the historic site called Aunt Mary’s House, a organization that focuses on all disciplines of the arts and Valley by growing part of the original Rancho La Loma estate built by Paul Weeks maintains a unique position in providing professional arts and a vibrant and Litchfield. Two rooms house semi-permanent exhibits relating connected arts and culture offerings to the 1.3 million residents of the West Valley. to the early days of Litchfield Park. Two rooms house semicultural community. Since it’s inception, the WVAC has earned multiple awards annual changing exhibits allowing the display of more of the including two Governor’s Art Awards! historical artifacts and items in the collection. Arts HQ Gallery Archives contain over 4,000 items such as logs, photos, 16126 N Civic Center Plaza Ste 102, Surprise, AZ 85374 letters, records, films and other memorabilia and more than 175 oralPhone: 623.584.2626 • Administrative office: 623.935.6384 history interviews. WestValleyArts.org • admin@westvalleyarts.org The opening of the new museum was selected by the West Valley Hours: Tues-Thurs 10am-5pm., Fri 10am-2pm., Closed Weekends & Mon View as one of the top 25 news stories of 2012. The Litchfield Park Historical Society and Museum was awarded full affiliation and Paseo de Arte & Paseo De Luces certification with the Arizona Historical Society in 2014 and 2015. Downtown Tolleson on W Van Buren St between N 94th Ave & N 91st Ave. Paseo de Luces’ Central Plaza offers a one-of-a-kind experience Three Rivers Historical Society for all those who visit as a place to unwind, dine, shop and have great P.O. Box 7251, Goodyear AZ 85338 family fun. Paseo de Luces has that and much more to offer. 623.386.1397 • threerivershistoricalsocietyaz.org Visiting Paseo de Luces offers the opportunity to enjoy an The Three Rivers Historical Society is made up of dedicated amazing public art collection designed and fabricated by West Valley volunteers who are preserving the history of the Southwest Valley in Arts Council’s Gallery 37. This collection consists of seven sculptures the greater Phoenix area. The cities of Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield that comprise the Paseo de Arte (Path of Art) which embodies the Park and Tolleson have grown at the confluence of the Agua Fria, Salt city’s past, present and future. and Gila rivers. The City of Tolleson and West Valley Arts Council’s Gallery 37 They offer meetings and public exhibits - collect artifacts, photos and Program partnered to drive arts policy forward and to champion arts rare documents - and have an active program to record oral and written education throughout the West Valley. personal and family histories. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday, Catitude Gallery and Studio January through June and September through November - at 3pm, 623.388.3840 • Catitudegallery.org featuring an informative presentation on Southwest Valley history. Catitude Gallery & Studio is a The Bible Museum nonprofit community arts center 2000 N Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85395 that has something for everyone 623.536.8614 • thebiblemuseum.com and every budget. Its gallery, The Bible Museum is a unique museum where you can actually sculpture garden and gift shop hold, turn pages and read some of the rarest printed Bibles and rare feature works by local artists theological books on the planet. ranging from paintings to metal Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park art, ceramics to wood working, 16501 W Northern Ave, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 photography to jewelry. It also offers 623.935.WILD (9453) • Wildlifeworld.com artist-led workshops and programs. Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium, & Safari Park is open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays

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Base & Meridian Wildlife Area 7602 S Avondale Blvd, Avondale, AZ 85323 • 602.942.3000 Beginning in 1973, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission acquired approximately 200 acres of river and adjacent riparian habitat at the confluence of the Salt River and Gila River just west of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Base and Meridian Wildlife Area is a unique, urban riparian and marshland area with outstanding views over the Gila River Valley from Monument Hill. The B&M Wildlife Area provides excellent birding opportunities in riparian habitat along the Gila River. Willows and a few cottonwoods line the riverside, and the river has an excellent reed and open water habitat that suits a variety of marsh and water birdlife. Tamarisk and mesquite are also a major habitat. This site is good for water and marsh birds, raptors, and a variety of songbirds, resident and migratory alike. The Tres Rios Nature Festival takes place in the Spring each year. Directions: Take the Avondale Blvd exit at the I-10 freeway, and head south for just over 5 miles to the Baseline and Meridian Wildlife Area. Once crossing the big bridge after reaching the Avondale Blvd and Southern intersection, park south of the bridge on the east side of the road.

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Monument Hill Monument Hill is located at Avondale Blvd and Baseline Rd in Avondale, AZ. Period of significance: 1850-1874. The surveying marker of the Gila and Salt River meridian is located on Monument Hill. Ever since 1851, this has been the center point used by the state to measure the land in Arizona. The federal government recognized this point for measuring the boundary between the United States and Mexico after the Mexican-American War ended. The first survey conducted in 1867 involved the first 36 miles of Arizona. Up until 1874, this was the epicenter of all surveying in Arizona for property deeds. Baseline Rd is indeed the baseline of the east-west survey line. The marker was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 2002.

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Estrella Mountain Regional Park is perched on a ridgeline where one could have witnessed the unfolding of many interesting events and lives that have been lived out in the desert landscape below. The history and lives of the area begins with the Hohokam Indian culture. This group inhabited the area from around 500 A.D. to 1450 A.D., and relied heavily on the rivers and streams of the area for its existence. Water was obviously a critical element in shaping the cultures and history of this desert environment. The Hohokam culture was based almost exclusively on irrigated agriculture, according to the Historical Atlas of Arizona. Part of the Hohokam, or later cultures, utilizing a canal system, were once located within the park boundaries of Estrella Park. Even though there has been a steady growth and expansion of facilities in the park, development is still limited to a very small portion of the park. Most of the landscape of the park today remains pristine desert, very similar in appearance to the landscape seen by the first European explorers who traveled past these mountains and foothills. These factors that have worked to resist development have preserved a very valuable resource for the Maricopa County Parks system. Estrella Mountain Regional Park contains many untapped resources and excellent potential for providing a Trail Trail Length Length Rating Code Name Mi Km greater variety of BA Baseline 2.6 4.2 Moderate BU Butterfield (front) 1.1 1.7 Easy quality recreation BU Butterfield (back) 1.5 2.3 Moderate opportunities. CW Coldwater 2.9 4.7 Moderate

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Estrella Mountain Regional Park 14805 W Vineyard Ave, Goodyear, AZ 85338 623.932.3811 • maricopacountyparks.net Park Hours: Sun - Thur: 6am-8pm / Fri - Sat: 6am-10pm / 365 days a year HS PD Nature Center Hours: Summer (5/09 - 10/09) Mon - Sat: 8am-3pm, Sun: Closed Estrella Winter (10/10 - 5/08) Sun - Sat: 8am-4pm Mountain Welcome to Estrella Mountain Regional Park. These 19,840 acres of desert and mountains became the first regional park in the Maricopa Regional County Park System in 1954. Park Located near the meeting of the Gila and Agua Fria rivers in the Southwest Valley, the park includes a large wetland, or riparian, area. The majority of the park remains pristine desert, very similar in appearance to the landscape seen by the first settlers and explorers. The Sierra Estrella range, or Star Mountains, was once within the Mexican border and remained so until the Gadsden Purchase in 1853. Today, many amenities are available to visitors, including the only grass picnic area (65-acres) in the Maricopa County Park System, Avondale | Goodyear | Litchfield Park | Tolleson

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• C arry a bandana in your pack. They are light-weight and can be used for numerous situations. If you are beginning to suffer from excessive heat, wet the bandana and place on the nape of the neck and/or the forehead. This will help to cool you down quickly. Seek shade under a tree or bush. • Map miles are not the same as effort miles. On good trails, hikers can go up to 2.5 MPH. On most trails, count on no more than 1 or 1.5 MPH, especially if admiring the views, cooling off under Palo Verde trees, taking pictures, etc. • Going uphill takes more time. A 1,000’ climb equals a mile of effort and adds 10 or 20 minutes. Downhill is no faster if the trail is bad. • Be wary of rattlesnakes, particularly at night and when it is relatively cool. • Carry something to signal with – a police whistle, signal mirror, and matches for a fire, a colored panel – to make you visible. • Be considerate – leave no trace. Avondale | Goodyear | Litchfield Park | Tolleson

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Churches The Church at Litchfield Park  “A House of Prayer For All People” 300 N Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park 623.935.3411, www.churchatlitchfieldpark.org

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Spring training and player development home of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds–is a 10,000+ seat multiuse facility that is bustling with activity all year long. From January through March, you’ll find players getting ready for Major League Baseball’s regular season.

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After spring training, the ballpark hosts a variety of tournaments, adventure runs and other events including Goodyear’s annual Star Spangled 4th, Fall Festival and Home Plate for the Holidays. The ballpark opened for Indians spring training in 2009 and the Reds arrived the following year. Fans will find a taste of Ohio at the ballpark concession stands with Cincinnati’s Skyline Chili dogs and Bertman Original Ball Park mustard – a Cleveland fan favorite.

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From mid-February through the end of the season, fans may watch team workouts beginning 9:15am daily at their complexes, just south of the ballpark. For a schedule of games, promotions and other seasonal events, visit goodyearbp.com.

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The largest kids zone in the Cactus League offers younger fans a place to play, with a kidsize wiffle ball field and free baseball-themed inflatables. With a strong focus on the fan experience, Goodyear Ballpark provides a number of promotional events each season including Kids Days, happy hours, bobblehead giveaways and Fan Appreciation Day.

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In September 2017, Phoenix Raceway and ISM Connect announced a multi-year partnership that included naming rights for the modernized venue as well as the groundbreaking digital fan engagement experience. Starting January 2018 the facility is now known as ISM Raceway. ISM’s 360° Connect network will provide the modernized venue with advanced, robust technology and data capabilities to create meaningful connections between fans, partners and the venue itself. This will be done through the use of digital display screens, interactive experiences, social media integrations and a mobile app that will give fans access to unique content.

ISM Raceway 125 S Avondale Blvd, Suite 200, Avondale, AZ 85323 Office: 623.463.5400 Ticket Office: 866-408-RACE(7223) www.ismraceway.com Track Location: 7602 S Avondale Blvd, Avondale, AZ 85323 The track is approximately 6 miles south of Interstate 10 at Exit 131. It’s located just south of the corner of Avondale Blvd and Southern Ave. • Banking (variable): 10°-11° in Turns 1-2, 10°-11° in Backstretch Dogleg, 8°-9° in Turns 3-4, 3° on the frontstretch, 9° on the backstretch

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Since 1964, ISM Raceway has been the premier motorsports venue in the Southwest and was founded as an open-wheel racing mecca. On April 6-7, 2018, ISM Raceway celebrated the 25th anniversary of Mario Andretti’s final career win with a special reunion weekend for the Verizon IndyCar Series Phoenix Grand Prix. As the stars of IndyCar took over the track on Saturday night’s Phoenix Grand Prix, the weekend was filled with events celebrating Andretti as one of racing’s most iconic and renowned racing legends, as well as ISM Raceway’s rich open-wheel history. The event was highlighted by a reunion of the drivers who participated in the 1993 IndyCar race that culminated in Andretti’s last open-wheel victory, while racing for the legendary Newman/Haas Racing team. Fans were able to interact with legends of the sport such as Bobby Rahal, Lyn St. James and Arie Luyendyk Sr. in a panel discussion and autograph session.

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After a long, hot summer for fans of ISM Raceway, not only will NASCAR be back in the Valley of the Sun in November, but ISM Raceway will host the long-awaited Grand Opening of the $178 million modernization project. Among the many highlights of the modernization project is a completely redesigned infield Fan Zone featuring a first-of-its-kind Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garage placing fans face-to-face with the superstars of the sport. ISM Raceway’s start/finish line will be repositioned in Turn 2 just before the track’s well-known dogleg. Other new highlights include a new pedestrian tunnel connecting the infield to the new seating areas featuring in-seat Wi-Fi connectivity. The modernization project also includes the installation of new/ upgraded seating and the new hospitality club - Curve, above the current Turn 1 location. A new grandstand will be built alongside upgraded seats in the existing Bobby Allison Grandstand (both featuring individual chair back stadium seats with armrests) complete with modern amenities such as new escalators and elevators, additional restrooms and concessions and a redesigned DC Solar Power Pavilion conveniently located near the seating areas Now that the playoff format has been adopted by both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Phoenix has proven to be a crucial race and perhaps the most dramatic destination in the NASCAR season. Each race during the fall Can-Am 500 weekend determines the final four contenders that will advance to compete for each series’ title the following weekend. After Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will run under the lights on Friday, Nov. 9. On Saturday, Nov. 10, ISM Raceway will celebrate Veterans Day with the NASCAR XFINITY Series race. With several of NASCAR’s rising stars making the jump from both these series to the premier Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the sports next champions will all be fighting for the chance to write their name in the record books. The weekend is anchored by the Can-Am 500 on Sunday, Nov. 11. The Playoffs. The final Eliminator race. So much drama, tension and excitement packed into 312 miles. As the last few years have proven, anything can happen. Fans can’t miss out on the excitement of the grand opening weekend at ISM Raceway.

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