PREVIEW - Richmond International Raceway
The Action Track
602 E. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222
Phone: 804-228-7500 Tickets: 804-345-7223 (RACE)
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NEW TRACK NEWS: Larger Coolers Allowed Fans may continue to bring their own food and beverage inside the gates at Richmond International Raceway. The new maximum allowed cooler size is 14x14x14 inches – large enough for 36 12-oz beverages.
· Wider Seats
Nearly all of the grandstand seats have been widened and now measure 22 inches wide.
· Backpack Policy
Guests may carry in their items in backpacks or daypacks similar to those used by school kids. Each guest is allowed to carry in one backpack.
Richmond International Raceway’s grandstands will be smoke-free beginning this season. Fans who smoke may continue to do so, but in approved areas only. The new policy is in response to fan feedback. Approved smoking areas include:
· Underneath and behind the grandstands
· Designated areas of the Commonwealth Mezzanine concourse
· All parking lots
· The Midway
· In the campgrounds
· Outdoors areas in fan hospitality
· Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate
Directions and Traffic Info 2014
raceday traffic 1140 AM
As I always suggest have a detailed map of area. There are many streets around the raceway. Many of them cut thru to interstates & main highways.
UPDATE FROM US: DETAILED MAP, DETAILED MAP AND DETAILED MAP! This place has a million roads that zig zag away from the track. It is smack dab in the middle of a residential area. Make sure you have one. Traffic was bad when we arrived and if not for Recon Mama Bubbate they would have funneled us completely around the speedway from Laburnum to Carolina for us to get to a road 1 block off Laburnum. Around our elbows to get to our assholes instead we zoomed into the McDonalds parking lot and got onto Meadowbrook which enabled us to go straight on Richmond - Henrico.
FROM ROB L: I found the easiest way of getting to the track is find one of the many satilite parking lots that the city buses from. They drop you off at the front gate, which is still close to a mile walk, but the bus traffic is quick, easy and fast.
UPDATE FROM AL N: Do NOT use Meadowbridge exit on Cup raceday. This can back up mies and miles from the track. Meadowbridge can be a parking lot as early as 8:30 AM in my experience. - If you want to park on the backstretch and it is before say 10 you have a shot - get off 295 to 95 S and then off 95 S on Chamberlyne and then to azalea. this can backup quite a bit but much more passable being two lanes in each direction. - if you come later - say 11, noon, maybe 1, 1:30 would the latest I have had any success there - and then only in September (May tends to be slightly busier) - you might get some parking near the front stretch traffic gate 4. They shut this down I think sometime in the AM to let the parking situation settle a bit, but several times when I went "late" I was able to get in this gate, one time last September we had to park on the asphault area by the warehouse buildings just outside the track gate - not that much extra walk , and there was a Go Kart track in operation besides! lots of fun but more tiring than you might think! to get to gate 4 - DO NOT come up Laburnum from 95 or 64.. Come at it from 360, take 295 to 360 and go around - it is several miles out of your way but the traffic at least moves.
***IMPORTANT TRAFFIC UPDATE***: For the upcoming NASCAR races at Richmond International Raceway, all races fans should be aware that there will be no RV parking or parking of any kind in the warehouse parking lots and IRS building along Carolina Avenue, near the race track. Carolina Avenue is a short road on the northeast side of the race track that connects Meadowbridge Road to Laburnum Avenue. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that any fans who do not hold a reserved space for their RVs, or who are accustomed to parking their cars in one of these lots, please access the Richmond International Raceway property via Meadowbridge Road to park their vehicles.
From the North:
Travel I-95 to Exit 82, take Chamberlayne Avenue (301), turn left at third traffic light onto Azalea Avenue, follow signs (2.5 miles). OR Travel I-95 to Exit 84A onto I-295 South. Follow I-295 to Exit 38-B - Meadowbridge Road. Travel Meadowbridge Road approximately five miles; the entrances will be on the left.
From the South:
Travel I-95 to Exit 82 (DO NOT TAKE FAIRGROUND EXIT 76-A), at end of exit ramp turn right on Chamberlayne Avenue (301), at a second traffic light turn left onto Azalea Avenue, follow signs (2.5 miles). OR Travel I-95 to Exit 45 onto I-295 North. Follow I-295 to Exit 38-B - Meadowbridge Road. Travel Meadowbridge Road approximately five miles; the entrances will be on the left.
From the West:
Travel I-64 east to Exit 186, turn left at end of exit ramp onto Laburnum Avenue, follow Laburnum about 2 miles to Richmond Raceway Complex. OR Travel I-64 to Exit 177 onto I-295. Follow I-296 to Exit 38-B - Meadowbridge Road. Travel Meadowbridge Road approximately five miles; the entrances will be on the left.
From the East:
Travel I-64 west to Exit 195, turn right at end of exit ramp onto Laburnum Avenue, about five miles to Richmond Raceway Complex. OR Travel I-64 West to Exit 200 onto I-295 North. Follow I-295 to Exit 38-B - Meadowbridge Road. Travel Meadowbridge Road approximately five miles; the entrances will be on the left.
NOTE: If you are traveling on race day, your route may be re-directed as you get closer to track due to the race day traffic pattern.
Park and Ride from the Richmond Coliseum FREE SHUTTLE 2014
The Richmond Coliseum parking area at North 7th Street in downtown Richmond will be open and offering free shuttle rides to fans beginning at 1:00pm on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race days. The shuttle service back to the Coliseum parking area resumes immediately after the conclusion of the Sprint Cup Series race from the track's main entrance at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike. The shuttle is free but a $6 parking fee applies at the Coliseum lot, which is conveniently located less than five minutes from the intersections of I-95 and I-64. MAP
Richmond International Raceway Parking Info
Automobile parking is FREE at Richmond International Raceway. Parking lot gates open at 7 a.m. on race days. Trams operate continuously from Lot H and Lot J on Friday and Saturday of race weekend starting at approximately 9:00 a.m.
Vehicles remaining in the RIR parking lots three hours after the conclusion of on-track activities on Friday nights will be towed at the owner's expense. Overnight automobile parking on RIR property is prohibited prior to and including Friday of race week. The only exceptions are designated paid overnight parking areas for oversized vehicles, RVs and motorcoaches.
If you do not mind paying, park on a lawn in the neighborhood outside of Gate 9. Many of the residents who live on the roads that run off Henrico Richmond Turnpike: Oronoco Avenue, Greenbrier Avenue, Engleside Drive and Alba Street -- allow parking and camping in their yards. There are places right on Richmond-Henrico Turnpike, but those are higher priced. Off Laburnum Avenue, there are a couple of streets that have camping and parking too: Florida, Walnut and Carolina. Prices range from $25 to $45 for parking and $100 and up for camping.
From Lisa: If you are going to Richmond- you should know that there is NO shuttle from Lot G. At all. You will have to walk a long way down a steep hill and then all the way back up the other side of the fence to get a shuttle bus. This was a really really long hot walk. It is the only lot without a bus as far as I know (because it's the only one I ever parked in!)
FROM GINO, ALLENTOWN PA: Parking-we arrived at the track at 12 noon on saturday.....The race is at 7pm and there was NO place to park anywhere near this facility! You will sit in traffic for hours trying to get parked and they send you on a never ending loop around this track! If you do not mind paying $$ ($25 to $45) to park on a neighbors lawn then its ok to sit in the traffic. If not - DO NOT approach this raceway on any of the major roads leading to it as there is NO PLACE TO PARK INSIDE! They led us on a loop that was 2 miles away and then they park you in a field, fully expecting you to hike to this raceway and back again after the race! The roads leading to it are dangerous to walk on as there is no place to walk other then on the street. Traffic is a nighmare! Paying the neighbors really is the only way to go. If you arrive at a normal human time...around 4 or 5 pm.... for this night race, you will NOT have that to fall back on as all the neighbors parking places nearby will be gone! Park where they tell you too at that point.
In a continuing effort to improve the event experience for all of our fans who park on Richmond International Raceway property, tailgating for our NASCAR Winston Cup events will be limited to the area directly in front of or behind each vehicle and must not take up any additional parking spaces. The Henrico County Police will assist Richmond International Raceway with monitoring this plan on all NASCAR Winston Cup Series race days. In addition, tailgating is not allowed in Lots A, B or the Club VIP Parking.
RV and Vehicles-with-Tow-Behind-Trailers Parking Policy
The following DOES NOT apply to guests in the Main and Laburnum campgrounds or those guests in the Specialty Vehicle Lot.
Note: To improve traffic flow beginning with the upcoming Chevy Rock & Roll 400 weekend (September 9-11) all RV parking and parking for any vehicles with tow behind trailers will be permitted in LOT J ONLY (Thursday-Saturday). Lot J can be accessed off of Meadowbridge Road (see Map section on www.rir.com, then view Area Map for exact location of Lot J).
No RV's or vehicles with tow behind trailers will be permitted to park in Lots A, B, C, D, F, G or H. Please also note that the following overnight parking policy will be enforced in all lots including Lot J (vehicles remaining in the parking lots 2 (two) hours after the conclusion of on-track activities on Thursday and Friday night will be towed at the owner's expense).
Please call the ticket office at 866-455-RACE with any questions.
SEATING AND OTHER STUFF
I have been to four races at Richmond and have yet to be able to sit in the seat number on my ticket. There are bench seats and there is a HUGE problem with extra people sitting in a row they do not have a ticket for. Many people emailed me about this problem long before I ever went to RIR. AND THEY ARE RIGHT! Forget trying to get some one to help you that works there. This is such a bad problem that our buddy Navy Paul brings a tape measure to ensure he gets his 18 inches of seating space! You simply have to get to your seat EARLY to make sure you get your seat. Even getting there 45 minutes before green flag last year, I could not even see the number of my seat. The guy next to me moved over about 2 inches but the entire row wouldn't move. I had a seat cushion and could not put it in the space I was supposed to sit! Thank God there were 3 empty seats above our row which I sat in...the guy next to me in that row told me they were his buddies and they weren't coming so I could sit there.
Something else I HATE at RIR that I have NEVER experienced at any other track....a waterfall through the grandstands. BEFORE THE RACE EVEN BEGINS!!!!! Make sure you keep an eye above you when walking underneath the bleachers. These are cheaply constructed grandstands and it is like some one is dumping out a 5 gallon bucket of water!
There is a serious lack of restrooms on the backstretch. The ones I went into on the frontstretch were a joke. My local track had better rest rooms.
RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY 2014 SCHEDULE
Friday, September 5
6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Track Credentials Open
7:00 a.m. Parking Lots Open
7:30 a.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garage Opens
9:00 a.m. Administration Building, Commonwealth Mall, Frontstretch Gate, Turn 1/Gate 40 Ticket Booths Open
9:00 a.m. Grandstand Gates Open
9:00 a.m. TORQUE Club Opens
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice
10:00 a.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series Garage Opens
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Midway & V.I.B.E. Open
11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Pit Access (Purchased & TORQUE Club)
12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Virginia529 Kids Zone Open
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series Autograph Session (Amphitheater)
1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice
2:00 p.m. Suites & Gwaltney Turn 3 Fun Zone Open
2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Pit Access (Suites & Corporate Hospitality)
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Miller Lite Party Zone Open
3:40 p.m. WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying for NASCAR Nationwide Series
5:40 p.m. Farm Bureau Insurance Pole Qualifying for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
7:00 p.m. Driver Introductions for Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race
7:30 p.m. Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race
8:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garage Closes
Saturday, September 6
7:00 a.m. Parking Lots Open
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Alongs (advance purchase only)
9:00 a.m. Administration Building, Commonwealth Mall, Will Call Ticket Booths Open
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Virginia529 Kids Zone, Midway & V.I.B.E. Open
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Miller Lite Party Zone Open
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Track Credentials Open
1:00 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garage Opens
1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Pit Stop Club Open
2:00 p.m. Frontstretch, Turn 1/Gate 40, Turn 2/Gate 60 Ticket Booths Open
2:00 p.m. Grandstand Gates, TORQUE Club, Suites, 3-Wide Fan Hospitality, and Gwaltney Turn 3 Fun Zone Open
2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Pit Access
3:00 p.m. Coca-Cola Family Track Walk (available only to guests with pre-race pit passes)
6:00 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremony Pass Access
6:00 p.m. Pre-Race Concert (Silver Bullets)
6:30 p.m. Hot Pass in Effect
7:00 p.m. Driver Introductions for Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
7:30 p.m. Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
All times are listed in Eastern
Schedule and times are tentative and subject to change
TICKETS, Deals & Packages 2014
Kids Pricing Kids 12 and younger feel the thrill and excitement of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at $25 off the adult ticket price in EVERY grandstand!
Friday nights, bring the kids out for the NASCAR Nationwide Series for FREE! Kids 12 & younger are admitted at no charge with a ticketed adult in general admission seats on Friday nights. No ticket is required.
2-DAY SAME SEAT PACKAGE $120.00 - $145.00
PIT PASSES 2014
FRIDAY: Pre-Race Pit Passes $50.00
Fan Hospitality Sept, 2014
SATURDAY 3-WIDE FAN HOSPITALITY KIDS $40.00 - ADULTS $80.00
Interactive Q&A session with NASCAR personalities, Joey Logano & Kyle Larson Fans must purchase 3-Wide tickets to attend.
WHAT TO DO
Appearances are posted from a week before race day up until a few days before. Many times there isn't advanced notice, go by the souvenir haulers and look for the signs. (Go on Friday if possible)
Friday, September 5
fans who have tickets for the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at RIR are invited to attend an autograph session with Chase Elliott, Regan Smith, Dylan Kwasniewski, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Brian Scott, James Buescher, Hermie Sadler, Ryan Ellis, Jamie Dick, Dakoda Armstrong, Jeff Green, Will Kimmel, Joey Gase, and Chad Boat. The autograph session will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater, located behind Turn 1 at RIR, and you must have a wristband to participate. Wristbands will be available for pickup at the Virginia529 College Savings Plan Midway display starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 5, and will be distributed while supplies last. If you have a wristband, you may enter the Amphitheater at the Commonwealth Mall. Remember, you must have a Virginia529 College Savings 250 race ticket in order to receive a wristband and to access the autograph session www.rir.com
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Casey Mears will be signing autographs at the DRIVE SMART Virginia display.
Aric Almirola & Richard Petty will be judging a bacon eating contest at the Gwaltney Display. 4:30 pm DriverAppearances.com TO SEE OTHER APPEARANCES AROUND RICHMOND CLICK HERE
Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along Saturday, September 6
Three-lap rides will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All riders must have a ticket for the Federated Auto Parts 400 in order to participate in the ride-along.
In the event of inclement weather, RPDE will offer customers two options: credit for another ride eligible at any other participating track; or a gift card. Refunds will not be issued in case of inclement weather. REGISTER
Miller Lite Party Zone 2014
The Miller Lite Party Zone relocates to the Midway prior to the Friday, and Saturday, NASCAR races.
Open to ALL fans and FREE of charge, be sure to check out the scene on Friday (3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) before the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.) prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. TRACK MAP
The Turn 3 Terrace Fan Zone 2014
The Turn 3 Terrace, not surprisingly located outside of Turn 3, is open before AND during the TOYOTA OWNERS 400, from 2:00 p.m. until the checkered flag flies. Fans are invited to take the Richmond stroll around the track and take a break to enjoy:
RIR Memory Lane – take a walk through time and learn about many historical and monumental moments throughout RIR’s legacy that spans more than 60 years
Decades Trackside Bar – a full-service bar and outdoor seating that will be a hot spot before the Green Flag flies and during NASCAR action on America’s Premier Short Track
Don’t forget – the Turn 3 Terrace featuring the Outback Bloomin’ Zone is open to all ticket holders before and during the April 26, TOYOTA OWNERS 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Kids Join NASCAR Drivers for Free Activities and Q&As Sat Sept 6
Kids 12 and younger have an opportunity to do just that on Saturday, September 6, in the Virginia529 Kids Zone.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth will referee a dress-up, relay race, pitting two teams of kids against each other, at 4:30 p.m. Earlier that afternoon (3:00 p.m.), Justin Allgaier will be in an over/under race with kids to see which team can pass a green flag down the line the fastest.*
But wait, there’s more! Each driver will participate in a Q&A session prior to their activities. And best of all, it’s FREE.
The Virginia529 Kids Zone is an educational and interactive environment for kids to enjoy prior to the NASCAR races at Richmond International Raceway. Hands-on activities that teach math and science will wow their minds with cool experiments throughout the day.
Before making your way out to RIR, be sure to sign up your kids for the free RIR Kids Club. MORE
Other Stuff to do:
Popular destinations are the Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom historic areas where you'll find restaurants, items of cultural interest, historic architecture, shopping, dining and entertainment on cobblestone paved streets between 12th and 14th street by the river.
Many of the museums located on or near the Boulevard in the Region's Fan District are within walking distance of each other. Walk through 400 years of history at the Virginia Historical Society. For the young at heart, follow your shadow at the Children's Museum of Richmond or go to the neighboring Science Museum of Virginia.
Even if you're not a Civil War buff, a visit to the Richmond Region wouldn't be complete without a tour of the Museum and White House of the Confederacy. The American Civil War Center interweaves the Union, Confederate and African American stories of the Civil War in a national context.
An Exciting Ministry To Racing Fans!
Serving fans at two sites:
1) Guest Services Site outside Gate 50 on way to Lot F
2) Guest Services Site outside Gate 40
Weekend events include:
• Daily concerts
• Clowns and puppet shows
• Cup of cold water
• Homemade cookies
• Driver collector cards
• Race cars on display
• Matchbox derby race for kids
• Games for all ages
• Race trivia and other literature
• Worship services for all fans
Chaplain Encouragers are on duty each race day. For information call 804-306-1604.
WHAT YOU CAN BRING INTO RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Fans may enter Richmond International Raceway with:
Fans may continue to bring their own food and beverage inside the gates at Richmond International Raceway. The new maximum allowed cooler size is 14x14x14 inches – large enough for 36 12-oz beverages.
· Backpack Policy Guests may carry in their items in backpacks or daypacks similar to those used by school kids. Each guest is allowed to carry in one backpack.
• This one bag may be carried in any manner, i.e. by handle, with shoulder straps, on a belt, etc.
• The soft side insulated cooler may contain ice.
• One clear plastic bag, no larger than 18 x 18 x 4 inches.
• Clear plastic bags may not contain ice.
From the general parking area outside Gate 60 to the infield and return. (Requires infield access credentials.)
• From Lots H and J to the tram station located just outside Gate 60. (Post-race this tram will operate starting 60 minutes after the end of the race.)
• Bus shuttle from Lot G to the Main Entrance of Richmond International Raceway, at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike.
Guest Information Booth locations
Here is where they are located BUT these were the most useless people I have ever met. I had my own map and 2 of them could not even tell me the grandstand we were in front of.
• Outside Grandstand Gate 40.
• Outside Grandstand Gate 70 (near handicap parking).
• Outside Gate 60, near the tram plaza.
• Outside the Main Ticket Office.
•Between the Cintas Pit Stop Club and Fan Fest presented by Chevrolet.
• Between parking Gate 4 and the vendor display area.
• Commonwealth Mall area (adjacent to amphitheater).
• Commonwealth Tower area.
Race Weekend Will Call is located at the ticket windows at the entrance to the Commonwealth Mall on race weekends, which is adjacent to Lot D and the amphitheater.
FANS WITH DISABILITIES SECTION
• ADA/handicapped parking is available in 3 parking lots on a first come, first serve basis. (Please see map on pages 30-31 for exact locations.) These lots may be accessed by using roadway gates 2, 4, 6 and the service gate.
• A state issued disabled license plate or windshield hanging credential must be displayed to access ADA/handicapped parking areas. (The person to whom the pass is issued must be present in the car and ID will be required.)
• Depending on your time of arrival, you may be directed to alternate handicapped parking in one of our satellite lots, as all lots are available on a first come, first serve basis until they are full.
• Please see the following “Transportation” section for information on assistance available from our parking areas upon your arrival.
Pre-race-disabled assistance carts transport from the following locations to the nearest ticket admissions gate or to locations near souvenir trailers and vendor displays:
• Guest Information Booths
- Outside Grandstand Gate 70 (near handicapped parking).
- Outside Gate 60.
- Outside .Grandstand .Gate .40.
- Between parking Gate 4 and the vendor display area.
- Outside the Main Ticket Office.
- Between the Cintas Pit Stop Club & Fan Fest presented by Chevrolet.
- Commonwealth Mall Area (adjacent to amphitheater).
• Pick Up Bench Locations
-Inside Gate 2.
-Inside Gate 4.
Post-race-disabled assistance carts transport from the following signed, dedicated locations to parking lots A, B, C, D & F:
• Gate 30 • Gate 40 • Gate 80
• Gate 60 • Gate 70
• Accessible restroom locations equipped for handicapped access are located throughout the grandstands and facility grounds.
• Family unisex restrooms are located in the Dogwood Tower and Veranda grandstands.
SPEED TV STAGE
The Speed Stage at Richmond International Raceway is outside the track...behind the Main Grandstand, next to the Amphitheater, behind the FOX TV compound.