Pocono Raceway Gearing Up For NTT IndyCar Series

"Tricky Triangle" Built For IndyCars

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LONG POND, PA (93.7 The Fan) - The NTT IndyCar Series is visiting the Keystone State this weekend as the series stops at Pocono Raceway.

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The 2.5-mile, three-turn track in the Pocono Mountains was built with IndyCars in mind as it was designed by two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Roger Ward.  Ward modeled Pocono after three historic IndyCar tracks.

Turn one and it’s 14-degrees of banking is modeled after Trenton Speedway.  Turn two and it’s 9-degrees of banking, also known as the “Tunnel Turn” is modeled after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Turn three and it’s 6-degrees of banking is modeled after the Milwaukee Mile.

“This place was built for IndyCars,” said Pocono Raceway President Ben May.  “It’s fast, it’s flat, it’s really similar to Indianapolis in that regard. 220-some miles-per-hour, they look light fighter jets out there.  It’s amazing.”

Amazing is the deal May and Pocono are offering race fans who want to make the trip East across the PA Turnpike or I-80.

"A family 4-pack of tickets is $125 and kids 12-and-under are free so a great value," said May.  "We have a free carnival, free parking, coolers are welcome, so we feel good about what we are doing, and we’re excited to have the stars of IndyCar here.”

The stars and cars of the IndyCar Series are excited to get back to Pocono and the challenge it presents.

"It's an extremely challenging track," said Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of the No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport Honda.  "The difference between turn 1 and 3 presents a whole host of issues that you have to resolve set-up wise.  It's all about a compromise between those two (turns) that allows you to have a good race day."

"Pocono is a fun superspeedway for me," said Marco Andretti, a native of nearby Nazareth PA and driver of the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Andretti Autosport Honda.  "The race-ability of the track is great.  I think the restarts, with how wide the front straight is, get crazy which is fun for the fans.  It's also great to have all the hometown support."

Pocono's huge infield is also great for people who own Recreational Vehicles and campers.

“Grab the tent, grab the camper, one last hurrah before the kids go back to school before Labor Day," said May.  "As it goes people don’t use their vacation days in this country so exercise a few of those days and come check out the ‘Tricky Triangle’."

Fans can get up-close and personal with the cars and stars in a couple of ways this weekend at Pocono.  Paddock Passes are available and another opportunity that is unique to the IndyCar Series.

“One of the coolest things that IndyCar does as a series is where they have a full-series, full-driver autograph session in the fan zone on race day,” said May.  “If you have a paddock pass this weekend you can get down into the garage area and you can get right next to the cars, see them working on the cars the whole weekend and on race day.  The access to motorsports is fascinating.  For those who haven’t been to a race live in-person it’s one of the coolest things you will ever do."

A full day of track activity for the IndyCar Series starts on Saturday with a first practice session from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Qualifications follow from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. with a Final practice session from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

May encourages anyone who is interested in heading out for the weekend or raceday to reach out to the track by calling 1-800-RACEWAY or by visiting their website, www.poconoraceway.com.