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Phoenix street circuit

Phoenix Grand Prix Circuit

The track in 1989 and 1990

The track in 1991
Location Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Major events Formula One
Length 3.72 km (2.312 mi)
Turns 15
Lap record 1:21.434 (Ayrton Senna, McLaren-Honda, 1991)

The Formula One United States Grand Prix was held on the Phoenix street circuit in Phoenix, Arizona, between 1989 and 1991. It was held in downtown by the Phoenix Civic Plaza and the America West Arena, prior to the introduction of the state's baseball stadium, Bank One Ballpark. The United States Grand Prix lasted in Phoenix for three years, but was ultimately dropped due to poor fan turnout. There were no further Formula 1 races in the US until the Indianapolis Motor Speedway first held a Grand Prix in 2000.


  • Summary 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3


At the instigation of Howard Pynn, a Scottsdale businessman, in 1987, the city of Phoenix began investigating holding a Formula 1 race. Phoenix officials approached

  1. ^ Siano, Joseph (January 30, 1989). "Auto Racing; Grand Prix Moves to Phoenix". The New York Times. Retrieved October 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ New site for grand prix race,Observer Reporter Washington, associated press June 4th 1989
  3. ^ The Phoenix New Times, The Less Than Grand Prix by Tom Fitzpatrick Wednesday, 10 May 1989
  4. ^ "Prost Gains 1st Victory of Year;Wins Phoenix Grand Prix", The Washington Post, 5 June 1989


See also

The last United States Grand Prix held in Phoenix was on March 10, 1991, with Senna again claiming victory. Again reliability was a factor, with only nine cars still running at the end of the race. For a second straight season both Tyrrells finished in the points; Stefano Modena, who had replaced the Ferrari-bound Alesi, in fourth heading Nakajima in fifth. Due to lack of interest, the event was then cancelled; a local ostrich festival had more attendees.

In an attempt to beat the scorching heat, the event date was changed to become the season opener the next year, held on March 11, 1990. Senna won. Jean Alesi finished 2nd.

In the inaugural race in 1989, Ayrton Senna took pole in his McLaren-Honda but suffered an electronic failure a little over halfway through the race. The heat of the Phoenix desert was hard on teams and drivers, and only 6 of 26 cars finished. Alain Prost, Senna's teammate, won the race[4] ahead of Riccardo Patrese and Eddie Cheever.

[3] invasion.Soviet The city had only 4 months to finish the 2.36 mile long circuit in time, which required fencing off and repaving the road surface, building grandstands, garages for the pit crew, and other infrastructure. The project was so massive that local media joked that the city looked as if it was preparing for a [2][1]

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