Phoenix Raceway is honored to celebrate and show appreciation for Veterans throughout the Can-Am 500 NASCAR race weekend. Check out a few of the ways the track has worked with local and national organizations to recognize those who served:
- With the help of nearby Luke Air Force Base, Phoenix Raceway will add to the excitement of last year’s first F-35 flyover, by not only adding another F-35, but also two F-16 fighter jets. The first of its kind four-plane flyover is scheduled to begin at the conclusion of the national anthem, sung by SFC Dana J. Fischl, US Army Military Intelligence Corps Band Training and Operations, during pre-race ceremonies for the Can-Am 500 on Sunday, Nov. 13.
- On Thursday, Nov. 10, Phoenix Raceway teamed up with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to bring NASCAR drivers to the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stars Cameron Hayley and Ben Rhodes joined NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Brendan Gaughan and Joey Gase for an autograph session and tour of the Community Living Center where they had a chance to meet and talk with local veterans. Prior to the Lucas Oil 150 on Friday, Nov. 11, Jamie Manker, Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits of the Department of Veterans, will be recognized as an honorary official during pre-race ceremonies.
- Phoenix Raceway has worked with long-standing partner Vet Tix to provide tickets to all branches of currently-servicing Military and veterans, including family of troops KIA. This year, PIR sponsors Anheuser-Busch and Ticket Galaxy teamed up to provide over 500 tickets to be donated through the Vet Tix program.