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NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon left his mark on Phoenix International Raceway – literally – when he tore up the first chunks of asphalt at the start/finish line in April, 2011 to kick off PIR’s repaving project. With Gordon embarking on his final full-time season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, PIR is inviting fans to write a note to him on the start/finish line prior to the 500 on Sunday, March 15.

Any fan who purchases a Pre-Race Pit Pass will have the ability to walk on the track on Sunday morning and, in one of NASCAR’s most unique traditions, write good-luck notes to their favorite drivers. To celebrate Gordon’s outstanding career, PIR will paint his iconic No. 24 on each of the black squares of the checkerboard start/finish line. The track has also installed a billboard above the backstretch recognizing Gordon.

Pre-Race Pit Passes are available for $60 and are valid for all three days of racing action at PIR and provide access to the Infield, Pit Road and the race track itself prior to the start of pre-race ceremonies on Sunday. The pass gives fans the opportunity to meet their favorite drivers and potentially get autograph or a photo with their favorite car. Fans can also get a picture in Gatorade Victory Lane and have the opportunity to view pre-race ceremonies, including Driver Introductions as well. A valid race ticket is required for admission.

Tickets for the 500 are available starting at $25; and tickets and pit passes may be purchased online at, by phone at 866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the track ticket office.

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