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REV’S VIP INDYCAR RACE EXPERIENCE

BY REV Group
March 31st, 2016

REV PLANS CELEBRATION AT PHOENIX RACE TRACK FOR ITS VIPS

In celebration of the company’s multi-year partnership with Team Penske, REV Group is hosting a two-day VIP event April 1 and 2 at the Phoenix Grand Prix, a much-anticipated 2016 IndyCar Series race. During the VIP event, REV is rolling out the red (racing) carpet for some of its biggest dealership names, key business partners and top industry prospects.

On Friday before Saturday’s race, REV VIP guests will be treated to cocktails and dinner at the Penske Museum, along with live music from Jonathan Moody. During Saturday, a trackside luncheon, garage tours and meet-and-greets will fill the day. Then, it’s time for the main event — the Phoenix Grand Prix with a start time of 8:30 p.m. EST under the bright lights of Phoenix International Raceway. Roughly 60 guests will cheer on the REV-sponsored No. 3 Chevrolet, driven by Helio Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner.

To get revved up for this VIP event, we’ve compiled some fun facts.

PENSKE MUSEUM TIDBITS

REV will take over the two-story, 9,000-square-foot Penske Museum for cocktails, dinner and dessert on the eve of the big race.

  • On display? An amazing collection of cars, including 16 championship vehicles and a replica of the 1962 Pontiac Catalina, which Roger Penske drove to victory in the 1963 Riverside 250. What can we say … we love talking about anything sports an engine.
  • Each car is worth more than $1 million but given the history of these racing gems, we think someone should cue MasterCard’s “Priceless” ad campaign.
  • The Penske Museum, which sits on a 41-acre complex, is tucked in between a string of luxury car dealerships — the Scottsdale 101 Collection.
  • Want a primer on the Team Penske story? Watch this video, narrated by Tom Brokaw. It makes us proud to be part of the Penske racing team.

THE REV VIP TRAILER’S ENVIABLE VANTAGE

On Saturday, VIP guests can come and go from REV’s very own VIP trailer, situated at The Perch, an exclusive hospitality area elevated above Turn 3 for a bird’s eye view of the action.

  • The VIP trailer features an upper deck with rooftop views of the oval action. On the first level, a bar stretches down the middle of the trailer for some liquid fuel, and guests can forget all about grandstand seating. Comfy, modern lounge seating is the only way to go.
  • The turns are where all the action is. Turn 3 is a sharp but flat turn.
  • The Perch is also known as Monument Hill. At the top of the hill lies a United States Geological Survey marker — the original land survey point that established the state of Arizona.

A PHOENIX RACE TRACK WITH HISTORY-IN-THE-MAKING

REV will play witness to IndyCar’s return to Phoenix. The April 2 race marks the first time since 2005 that IndyCar has raced at Phoenix International Speedway. (PIR hosted 61 IndyCar races from 1964 through 2005.)

  • The raceway, known as PIR, is a 1-mile, low-banked, tri-oval track built in 1964. While Phoenix graces the track’s name, PIR is technically in Avondale.
  • The entire IndyCar grid was invited to Phoenix for a two-day test ahead of April’s race back in February. During that test, Castroneves unofficially broke the track record, lapping the oval in 19.5858 seconds with an average speed of 187.850 mph. (IndyCar legend Arie Luyendyk holds the 1996 record of 19.608 seconds (183.599 mph). Official IndyCar track records can only be set during a qualifying or race session.
  • With 12 hours of testing, all four Team Penske cars posted Top 10 lap times of the combined sessions.

Ending on those final two notes, we wait anxiously for the Phoenix Grand Prix. Who knows … we might see the REV logo in Victory Lane.

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