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Barrett-Jackson, Phoenix International Raceway and The Phoenix Symphony Present The Sound Of Speed

‘Pit Road’ Street Fair and World Premiere Overture HighlightCollaboration of Racing and Music

PHOENIX – The worlds of racing, cars and music collide in a one-of-a-kind world premiere concert. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Phoenix International Raceway, The PhoenixSymphony and Barrett-Jackson join PIR on November 6 to present a special evening mixing great music and classic cars at a groundbreaking event marking the first-ever partnership between worlds of NASCAR and orchestral performance. First, a ‘Pit Road’ street festival allows up-close viewing of classic sports and luxury cars, then a pre-concert red carpet experience offers a chance to mingle with VIPs. A multimedia concert experience led by Masterof Ceremonies, ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ star Tom Wopat, ends the evening.  This special concert includes the world premiere of the ‘The Sound of Speed’ overture, color guard and musical tribute to Veterans, and a special appearance by NASCAR Hall of Famer, Rusty Wallace.

This spectacular event begins with a ‘Pit Road’ street festival along 3rd Street in downtown Phoenix, hosted courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. Entry to the festival is just $10. A 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX 6000 Series 427 S/C component vehicle and a 2008 Bugatti Veyronare just two of the 30 rare cars from Barrett-Jackson’s collection that will be part of the ‘Pit Road’experience. Also on display will be the Toyota Avalon pace car that serves as PIR’s unofficial mascot and can be seen at events throughout the Valley and on the race track every day during the semifinal weekend of the 2014 NASCAR season, November 6 through 9 at PIR.

Next, VIP Event attendees will enjoy a pre-concert, red carpet party, which provides a chance to mingle with NASCAR personalities and local celebrities while dining and sipping specialty cocktails. Attendees have the opportunity to bid on exclusive auction items specifically selected to impress at this one-of-a-kind event.

Once the party goes inside, guests will be able to experience the evening’s grandiose finale, ‘The Sound of Speed’ concert, conducted by Larry Blank. This multimedia performance featuring hits related to the road will also feature appearances by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace as a guest conductor and the night’s Master of Ceremonies, ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ star Tom Wopat. During this Veteran’s Day weekend event, all three organizations will pay tribute to our veterans for their service and sacrifice with a color guard and musical tribute to Veterans during the concert. Tickets to the performance portion of the evening range from $30 to $99 and include complimentary access to Barrett-Jackson’s ‘Pit Road,’ prior to the concert.

Co-Chairs for this event are Melani and Rob Walton, Carolyn and Craig Jackson, and Nan and C.A. Howlett. The Steering Committee for this inaugural event comprises of The Hon. Jon Kyl, David Barnett, Bob Beck, Pat and Bob Bondurant, Michelle Clarke, Bruce Covill and Lucia Renshaw, Laurie and Bud Florkiewicz, Sheila and Mike Ingram, Ruth and Bob Lavinia, Lynne Love, Mac Magruder, Al Molina and Renee Dee, Jennifer Moser, Fred Pakis, Jason Rose, Lyn St. James, Jack Thomas, Rusty Wallace, Susie Wesley, Tom Wopat, and Kari Yatkowski.

“I am honored to serve as the guest conductor for ‘’The Sound of Speed’ and to be a part ofPhoenix International Raceway’s 50th anniversary celebration,” says Wallace. “I’ve always been a fan of great music, and obviously I’ve spent my life in racing. Combining the amazing talents of The Phoenix Symphony with scenes from of some of the greatest racing movies ever produced is going to make this a truly unforgettable night.”

This one-night-only special event will be held November 6, 2014 at Symphony Hall. For more information on tickets and sponsorships visit or call The Phoenix Symphony Box Office at 602-495-1999. Special ticket partnerships with Central Arizona Veteran’s groups ensure that honored Veterans will be able to experience this special event.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company:
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to astute classic and collector car owners and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Reno Tahoe, Nevada. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit or call (480) 421-6694.

About Phoenix International Raceway:
Since 1964, Phoenix International Raceway has been the premier motorsports venue in the Southwest. Host to some of the most notable moments in motorsports history, PIR will celebrate its 50th anniversary throughout the entire 2014 season. As the only track in the West to have two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends a year, PIR kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration in early March with The PROFIT on CNBC 500 race weekend and will round out the year with the semifinalrace for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, Nov. 6-9.  Tickets for the entire Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 weekend are available by visiting or calling 866-408-RACE (7223).

About The Phoenix Symphony:
The Phoenix Symphony has been proudly serving the citizens of the Phoenix metropolitan area and Arizona since 1947. The Phoenix Symphony presents an annual season from September throughthe beginning of June, featuring full-length classical and pops concerts at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix, as well as concerts in Scottsdale, Mesa, Prescott and throughout central Arizona. The Symphony performs for more than 120,000 students and children, helping to introduce music to new generations through a variety of education and youth-engagement programs.

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