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NASCAR Mexico Series to race at Phoenix in 2013

JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer
Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 3:37 PM ET

The most popular motorsports series in Mexico will make its U.S. debut next season at Phoenix International Raceway.

The NASCAR Toyota Series will run at Phoenix on March 1 in conjunction with the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and K&N West Series. The race will be the 2013 season opener for the series, which runs Mexican V8 stock cars.

The event will be a 75-lap race with a scheduled break after 50 laps for pit stops.

NASCAR and PIR officials will hold a Tuesday news conference in Phoenix.

The series was launched in 2004 as the "DesafĂ­o Corona." NASCAR sanctioned it in 2007, as the NASCAR Corona Series. It became the NASCAR Toyota Series this year.