Former PIR Owner Dennis Wood Dies
Dennis Wood, the former owner of Arizona’s Phoenix Int’l Raceway and the man largely credited with saving the track, died on Thursday at the age of 75.
Wood, a native of Phoenix, spent 23 years at PIR. He became the owner of the facility in 1976 after purchasing it for $325,000. He helped redevelop the speedway before selling it to Buddy Jobe in 1985.
Wood was instrumental in bringing the Copper World Classic to the track in 1977, a key event for both the USAC Silver Crown and USAC National Midget divisions.