LONG POND, Pa. – Ahead of the ABC Supply 500 on Aug. 21, Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky has announced that the Verizon IndyCar Series will return to ‘The Tricky Triangle’ in both 2017 and 2018.
Exact race dates will be announced in the near future.
The new two-year extension will mean INDYCAR’s run of consecutive races at Pocono since their return in 2013 is extended to six consecutive years by 2018.
“We are thrilled to share this great news that we will host the Verizon IndyCar Series through 2018,” said Igdalsky. “Our track was originally designed for open-wheel cars and our fans really enjoy the action on the track. When you see these cars going six- and seven-wide it is incredible. We also received positive feedback from teams and drivers and worked together with IndyCar to make sure Pocono Raceway stays on the schedule. ”
“We’re thrilled to announce today’s two-year extension with Pocono Raceway – an iconic oval track with a long history of hosting great open-wheel racing events,” added Jay Frye, Verizon IndyCar Series President of Competition and Operations. “It’s very clear that Pocono is one of the favorites among the drivers, teams and fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series and we look forward to competing there for the foreseeable future.”
“We’d also like to thank Brandon Igdalsky and his entire team for all their efforts to make this event a success and we look forward to our race there on August 21st.”
Ryan Hunter-Reay is the most recent winner at the 2.5-mile, three-turn oval, having taken the checkered flag for Andretti Autosport on Aug. 23, 2015.
Hunter-Reay is among the drivers in the field buoyed and excited about the new deal for the track and the series.
“The on track show, the product we put on here last year was phenomenal,” Hunter-Reay said. “Lead changes throughout the race, six-wide throughout the straights, passing throughout the field, you couldn’t ask for a better product and hopefully we can do it again for the fans. This is a great thing for INDYCAR.”
CREDIT: Pocono Raceway