It doesn't take Andy Granatelli to see the difference between the cars on the NASCAR circuit and those of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. For those highbrows who scoff at NASCAR -- America's most popular spectator sport -- one glance at a Grand American car will make them yearn for a road trip on the Autobahn. Or at least a trip to Phoenix International Raceway, where Porsches, Ferraris and BMWs will rev their high-performance engines all weekend long as part of the Food City 250, which begins with practice sessions at 11:25 a.m. Thursday, April 8, and finishes up with the big race at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 10. Scottsdale's Didier Theys will be joined by a field of 40 racers, including Kyle Petty and Scott Pruett. Admission is $25 for adults and $5 for kids. Phoenix International Raceway is located at 7602 South 115th Avenue in Avondale. For tickets, call 602-252-2227 or visit www.phoenixraceway.com. -- Joe Watson
courtesy of Grand American
Days of thunder: Visit PIR for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.
courtesy of AZ Bike Club
Pedal pushers: Mount up in Glendale for the Desert Classic Bike Ride.
For kicks: Women learn self-defense moves at United Studios.
The Desert Classic Bike Ride in Glendale this Saturday, April 10, isn't for those whose legs turn mushy after a jaunt around the block. Three courses -- 104, 63 and 37 miles -- begin at Rock Bottom Brewery, 7640 West Bell, at 7 a.m. Registration, $40 to $50, begins at 6 a.m. Visit azbikeclub.com for details. -- Joe Watson
Girls kick ass. Especially the ones who attend the free women's self-defense seminar at Gilbert's United Studios of Self Defense on Saturday, April 10. Participants learn basic blocks and kicks, rape prevention techniques, and weapons defenses from 2 to 4 p.m. USSG is located at 707 West Ray. To RSVP, call 480-855-7586. -- Joe Watson