NASCAR drivers looking for an advantage for the Checker Auto Parts 500 will be testing at Phoenix International Raceway beginning Oct. 18.
PIR officials said the drivers scheduled to test include some involved in the "Chase for the Championship."
The drivers who have committed thus far are Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett and Greg Biffle.
The Nov. 7 race will be critical because it is the third-to-last Cup race of the season.
Fans who have a ticket for the race can attend testing for free to watch from the grandstands. If fans don’t have tickets, entry to the test session can be purchased for $20. A race-day ticket can be purchased for $35, which would gain free entry to the testing session.
The racing weekend also includes the S outhwest Series Cruise America 125 on Nov. 4, the Craftsman Trucks Silverado on Nov. 5 and the Busch Series Basha’s Supermarkets 200 on Nov. 6.
The installation of lights at PIR will be entering its final stage following NASCAR weekend, PIR officials said.
The next phase will include all the wiring required for the lights to gain electricity and the installation of lights on top of the Bobby Allison grandstands.
PIR officials expect the process should be completed by January.
Sunday’s Subway 150 winner Scott Lynch said he will run in the Craftsman Truck Series race during NASCAR weekend. . . . PIR just finished resurfacing about 1.3 million square feet of parking lot.