Phoenix International Raceway will turn next year’s visit by the Verizon IndyCar Series into a celebration of Mario Andretti’s final win.
PIR president Bryan Sperber received rave reviews when the concept was floated at the Sonoma IndyCar finale in September, and with the blessing of the racing icon, the April 6-7 event will be dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Andretti’s victory on April 4, 1993.
“There’s no more important name in motorsports than Mario Andretti,” Sperber said. “He is also a cultural icon and his name resonates around the world with fans and non-fans alike. To be in a position to host the anniversary celebration of his final open-wheel victory at Phoenix Raceway is truly special. I can’t wait to welcome back the drivers and race cars that created history here 25 years ago.”
Andretti, who was 53 years old at the time of his 1993 win, captured the 111th IndyCar victory dating back to the 1960s. PIR plans to commemorate the 25th anniversary “through special merchandise, trading cards, a tribute panel and special commemorative items for the fans.”
The circuit also plans to have cars and drivers from the 1993 IndyCar race on hand to amplify nostalgia during the two-day visit to the one-mile oval.