NASCAR drivers will make sure their tires and suspension are in the best condition when they venture to the Phoenix International Raceway next season, as the most popular motorsports series in Mexico will debut there.
The NASCAR Toyota Series will be held in Phoenix on March 1 in conjunction with the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and K&N West Series.
"Mexico has a long and rich motorsports heritage but not necessarily in stock car racing," George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series, said Monday. "The whole Mexican motorsports culture has followed either open-wheel racing or sports car racing. Brian made it very clear that a strategic goal of his was to reach a growing fan base and connect with Mexican-American fans here in the states."
The race will be the season opener for the series, which also includes Mexican V8 stock cars.
According to SportingNews, FoxSports is close to finalizing a deal with NASCAR for the first half of its Sprint Cup season, but a deal for the second half of the season would not be finalized until next summer at the earliest.
NASCAR fans can mimic their favorite drivers while cruising on back roads, but should first fit their car or truck with mud flaps to protect their vehicle from the elements.