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July 6, 2013 – Pocono Raceway – “Tom Time” Blog – by Tom Baker

PRE-RACE WANDERINGS:

A little over an hour to race time at Pocono.  Beautiful sunny day – cars are being gridded for the THREE-WIDE Indy style start!

In the press box with Joel Sebastianelli ready to keep you updated on all the action on Race Chaser Online !  If you haven’t “Liked” our page yet head on over there and give us a like (and follow @RaceChaserNews on Twitter) so you can keep up with all the action if you’re not able to watch the ABC broadcast which starts at Noon – race starts around 12:10.

This has been a glorious weekend – everyone from the track, the series and the team has been overly helpful, gracious and generally happy to help us with whatever we needed.  Our Indy/F1 Expert Joel Sebastianelli led us yesterday as we hung out in the “bullpen” that IndyCar had set up on pit road during qualifying for media to have access to the drivers as they finished their fun.  Joel interviewed about half the field while I manned the camera (those who know me know that is not usually my preferred position but I was proud to play second banana to such a fine young talent as Joel).

We swapped positions long enough for me to interview IndyLights talent Zach Veach.  Later, we both attended the post-race press conference following the Firestone Indy Lights Pocono 100, which was dominated by Andretti Autosport racer Carlos Munoz.  Sage Karam wound up second and audio of his interview appears on our site Monday.

You’ll see all the fruits of our labor from Saturday (video interviews) on our site and some on 3WideLife.com as well in the coming days.

This morning those in the Paddock were allowed to be right up to the edge of the team garages, and I heard several “crew” members answering questions of VIP/Media.

The IndyCar Series is “cool” again with a ton of young, aggressive, marketable talent in the big series and in the Firestone Indy Lights as well.  Today’s race should be outstanding!

We just found out Dario Franchitti changed motors late yesterday and will come from the rear of the field.  Ryan Briscoe ran a sports car race at Lime Rock yesterday and didn’t qualify, so he’ll start tail as well.

POST RACE THOUGHTS:

After an exciting and challenging 160-lap 400-mile race, Scott Dixon led a Ganassi 1-2-3 finish (first time that’s ever happened!) and turned the season around for CGR and Honda Engines.  Charlie Kimball drove spectacularly for second and it was nice to see Josef Newgarden finish fifth as well.

A strong crowd was on hand for the return of the IndyCar set to Pocono and the weather was just perfect.  I was excited to be a part of it and proud of colleague Joel Sebastianelli for his efforts all the way through the weekend with the interviews on Saturday and manning the Twitter activities on race day.  Great job, Joel!

Now…it’s on to the post-race press conference!

I hope this becomes a yearly event.  If it does, you can bet that RaceChaser Online will be on hand, bringing you as much in-depth coverage as possible from start to finish!

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