The completion of construction to widen Interstate 15 near the speedway has Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials excited and optimistic about the track's traffic plan for next month's NASCAR Weekend.
With added lanes taking fans to and from Speedway Boulevard's Exit 54 from the Las Vegas Strip, race organizers and local and county representatives expect a quicker and more fluid traffic egress for the March 2-4 races. In addition to four lanes to and from the track's exit, fans will have two dedicated exit lanes coming off of I-15 from the south.
LVMS also has signed Lyft as its official rideshare partner, and there will be a dedicated drop-off and pickup location close to the fan entrance to the 1.5-mile superspeedway. Speedway officials urge fans to arrive early and utilize mass transportation and rideshare options like Lyft each day.
"We expect this year's traffic flow to be better than ever before," LVMS President Chris Powell said. "We have waited for many years for the widening of Interstate 15, and now that it is complete, we are optimistic about the potential for a quicker egress for our dedicated fans after our races. LVMS is excited to welcome Lyft as its Official Rideshare Partner, and it will have a special area for drop-offs and pickups on our property during race weekend.
"We continue to work diligently with area officials and the Nevada Department of Transportation to streamline a traffic plan that will be the most efficient, and we believe our fans will benefit from it in the end."
The speedway's deal with Lyft is a multi-year agreement for all of LVMS' major events, including NASCAR and NHRA.
"We are excited to partner with Las Vegas Motor Speedway and work towards a shared goal of providing attendees with safe, convenient transportation options to and from all major events," said Yacob Girma, Lyft Las Vegas general manager. "NASCAR is a highly anticipated event, and we encourage fans to plan ahead with Lyft so they can enjoy the events without having to worry about how to get around."
The RaceDay Express shuttle bus service has expanded its presence and will deliver more fans to LVMS than ever before. With more than 100,000 avid NASCAR fans expected in and out of the 1.5-mile superspeedway on the action-packed weekend, utilization of mass transportation like RaceDay Express, Lyft and Maverick Helicopters is encouraged.
For fans driving their own vehicles to the speedway, options like the Lucky 7 Preferred Lot, which will have two dedicated exit lanes following the races on Saturday and Sunday, are encouraged. LVMS would like to remind fans that the speedway's extensive on-site shuttle system will not begin running until 45 minutes after the conclusion of Saturday's and Sunday's races due to heavy foot traffic leaving the track.
Las Vegas Boulevard is also a main vein onto the LVMS property, and fans using that route are encouraged to utilize Craig Road as another option for accessing Interstate 15. Construction projects on Las Vegas Boulevard south of Craig Road still persist, so fans and visitors should also keep that in mind when traveling to and from the speedway.
Traffic updates will be provided on Sunday, March 4, via the LVMS Twitter feed (@lvmotorspeedway) and on the radio at KBAD AM-920.
LVMS' 2018 NASCAR Weekend begins with Stratosphere Qualifying and the Stratosphere 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, March 2, with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying beginning at 4:15 p.m. Pacific Time. The NASCAR Xfinity Series' Boyd Gaming 300 takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, and the weekend's racing culminates on Sunday, March 4, with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at 12:30 p.m.
For tickets to all events, or for RaceDay Express and Neon Garage passes, Lucky 7 parking permits or driver introduction passes, call 1-800-644-4444 or log on to LVMS.com.
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