NASCAR Mexico Series to race at Phoenix in 2013

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 "Desafío Corona." NASCAR sanctioned it in 2007, as the NASCAR Corona Series. It became the NASCAR Toyota Series this year.