Pocono Raceway Business Offices
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PO Box 500
Long Pond, PA. 18334-0500
Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval
Banking: turn 1: 14 degrees; turn 2: 8 degrees; turn 3: 6 degrees;
Straights: Front - 3740 feet; Long Pond(between turns 1 and 2) - 3055 feet; North(between turns 2 and 3) - 1780 feet
Last repaved: early 2012
Grandstand Seating: 70,000
Turn One is modeled after the now defunct Trenton Speedway
Turn Two is like Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Turn Three is similar to The Milwaukee Mile
June 2014 Race Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 139.440mph, started 8th
August 2014 Race Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 127.411mph, started 9th
Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 50 years, 5 months, 7 days, 6/17/1990
Youngest Winner: Joey Logano, 22 years, 0 months, 7 days, 6/10/2012
1st Race 400 mile Record: Jimmie Johnson, June 2013, 144.202mph
1st Race 500 mile Record: Alan Kulwicki, June 1992, 144.023mph
2nd Race Record: Rusty Wallace, July 1996, 144.892
Slowest Race Record: Jimmie Johnson, June 2004, 112.129mph
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Carl Edwards, June 2005, started 29th
June 2014 Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 181.415mph, finished 4th
August 2014 Pole Winner: #42-Kyle Larson, 183.438mph, finished 11th
Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Larson, August 1, 2014, 183.438mph
Oldest Pole Winner: David Pearson, 49 years, 5 months, 19 days, 6/10/1984
Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 21 years, 2 months, 13 days, 8/6/2011
Pole Winners: 37
Most Wins: 6 - Jeff Gordon; 5 - Bill Elliott; 4 - Denny Hamlin
Most Poles: 5 - Bill Elliott, Ken Schrader; 4 - Denny Hamlin
Most 2nd Place Finishes: 7 - Mark Martin (no wins)
Most Top 5s: 20 - Mark Martin
Most Top 10s: 34 - Mark Martin
Most Lead Changes: 56 - 7/30/1979
Fewest Lead Changes: 10 - 7/26/1998
Most Leaders: 16, Three times, most recently 6/13/2004
Fewest Leaders: 4 - Three times, most recently, 6/9/1985, and 6/9/2013
Most Cautions: 13 - 6/17/1990 and 7/24/2005
Fewest Cautions: 1 - 7/30/1978
Most Caution Laps: 57, 6/13/2004
Few Caution Laps: 3, 7/30/1978
Most Finishers on a lead lap: 36, 6/10/2007 [rain shortened to 106 laps]
Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 2 - twice, most recently 6/6/1982
Most Running at the Finish: 42, 6/10/2007 [rain shortened]
Fewest Running at the Finish: 18, 7/25/1982
Most Laps Led [400 miles]: 142, Cale Yarborough, 7/4/1968
Most Laps Led [500 miles]: 175, Kurt Busch, 8/5/2007
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Bobby Labonte, 7/29/2001
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 30 - Chevy; 21 - Ford; 7 - Dodge 7; 6 - Pontiac; 4 - Buick; 3 - Toyota; 2 - Mercury; 1 - Oldsmobile.
Up front is best at Pocono: In the 74 Sprint Cup races held at Pocono the winner has started in the front row 25 times and the top ten 52 times.
* Darrell Waltrip won the pole in July 1985 and started 1st
Bill Elliott started 2nd and won, 18 days later NASCAR disallowed
the pole due to illegal fuel additive.
Family sues NASCAR, Pocono over 2012 lightning death: NASCAR blew off a severe storm warning at the Pocono 400 race until the storm got so bad it had to stop the race, and 6 minutes later a fan was killed by lightning in the parking lot, his family claims in court. Brian Zimmerman was killed by lightning at 5:00pm on Aug. 5, 2012, his widow Marion claims in the Court of Common Pleas. She sued Pocono International Raceway and NASCAR, on Aug. 1. Ten other people were injured by lightning, one of whom sued NASCAR and the Pocono Raceway in July. Zimmerman claims that NASCAR and the Pocono Raceway received a severe thunderstorm warning from the National Weather Service at 4:12pm, but they "did nothing" to stop the race or warn fans until 4:21, when they "attempted to use social media" to warn race fans of the approaching storm. Brian Zimmerman did not have access to social media at the raceway, his widow says. The defendants stopped the race at 4:54pm At 4:59, they used social media again to warn fans to seek shelter. Brian was hit by lightning at 5:00pm and died. In the July lawsuit, Jason Peneck's wife Erin claims her husband suffered "severe and permanent injuries, including, but not limited to, a traumatic brain injury, second degree burns, and dysautonomia."(Courthouse News Service)(8-6-2014)
Pocono race officials announced: Country recording artists Eric Lee Beddingfield and Lucy Angel will perform during the GoBowling.com 400 race weekend at Pocono Raceway. NASCAR legend Richard Petty, on behalf of GoBowling.com, will serve as Grand Marshal for the GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on August 3, members of Pocono Raceway's Kids Club will give the honorary command for the Pocono Mountains 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on August 2 and a ModSpace representative will serve as the Grand Marshal for the ModSpace 125 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards race on August 1. Eric Lee Beddingfield will perform the National Anthem at Sunday's 400-mile NASCAR race. Beddingfield was named "Artist to Watch" by Billboard Magazine and "Independent Artist of the Year" in 2012 by Music Row Magazine. His current single "I Just Wanna Play" is available for download on iTunes. Petty will give the command to fire engines prior to the GoBowling.com 400, exactly one day before the 40th anniversary of the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at Pocono Raceway, a race won by "The King" on August 4, 1974.(Pocono Raceway)(7-31-2014)
Special Traffic Patterns planned for Pocono race: The Pennsylvania State Police will put special traffic patterns into effect to help motorists attending the GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR race on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014, at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Monroe County. On Sunday, August 3rd, the following traffic patterns will be in effect:
· Prior to the race, Route 115 from Interstate 80 to the raceway will be converted to two lanes and will be one way southbound. This conversion will be put into effect at approximately 8 a.m. and continue until all traffic has entered the track grounds.
· Following the race, Route 115 from the raceway to Interstate 80 will be converted to two lanes and will be one way northbound, until the raceway parking lots are cleared. This conversion will take place with 25 laps remaining in the race.
· Stoney Hollow Road has been designated a no parking and tow away zone from Long Pond Road to the Interstate 80 overpass. It will be properly posted and enforced. Any vehicle in violation will be removed at the owner's expense.
· Following the race, the Interstate 80 eastbound off-ramp at the Blakeslee exit (Exit 284) will be closed to traffic.
Traffic coming south to the race in the two lanes of Route 115 will be required to enter specific parking areas. Motorists should take note of signs posted along Route 115 and travel in the appropriate traffic lanes for their desired parking area. Likewise, outbound traffic traveling north will face similar signs with lane restrictions for Interstate 80 and Route 115 access. The August 1st weekend will bring with it large amounts of race fans to the Poconos. Motorists should expect higher traffic volume and possible delays not only on Route 115 and Interstate 80, but also on State Routes 209, 940 and 903. Those who normally utilize Route 115 to travel through the area should consider using Interstate 80, Route 33, Route 209, and the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike as alternate routes.
Tickets to the GoBowling.com 400 are available by visiting www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(7-29-2014)
"The King" named GoBowling.com 400 Grand Marshal: GoBowling.com announced NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Richard Petty will serve as the Grand Marshal for the GoBowling.com 400. The GoBowling.com 400 will mark the 40th anniversary of Pocono Raceway's inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Purolator 500, won by Petty on August 4, 1974. Additionally, GoBowling.com will host a promotion where one lucky fan could win $43,000 if the #43 GoBowling.com Richard Petty Motorsports entry, driven by Aric Almirola, wins the 400-miler at "The Tricky Triangle" on Sunday, August 3.
"This race carries special meaning for me as I think back to the thrill of tasting victory at the inaugural race at Pocono back in 1974. I see no better way to celebrate this milestone moment than by celebrating both racing and bowling, another sport that is pure Americana," said Richard Petty in today's GoBowling.com press release. "I am particularly excited to team up again with GoBowling.com and the bowling industry. Bowling isn't only just a lot of fun but it's a great sport that, like racing, brings people together and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life."
The "Win $43,000 if #43 Wins" promotion will take place during the GoBowling.com 400 race weekend at Pocono Raceway August 1-3. Fans attending the race should look for GoBowling.com branded tents in Fan Fair to register to win. Camping guests will receive information on how to enter this promotion in their RV/Camping Welcome Bags upon their arrival next week. One lucky fan will be chosen, at random, to sit atop the No. 43 pit box during a segment the race. Additionally, if the No. 43 car wins the race, one randomly chosen fan will receive $43,000. Certain terms and restrictions may apply. Tickets to next weekend's events are available by visiting www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(7-24-2014)
Earnhardt, Jr., Logano and Newman to Visit Tricky Triangle Club at Pocono: Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano and Ryan Newman will make pre-race appearances at Pocono Raceway's Tricky Triangle Club Presented by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions on Sunday, August 3. Additionally, Pocono announced the return of the Red Carpet #SelfieSuite, located inside the Tricky Triangle Club, as an upgrade for new and existing GoBowling.com 400 ticket purchasers. The Tricky Triangle Club Presented by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is a ticket add-on which features access to mentioned driver and special guest appearances, lunch, beverages, a Sunday Pit Tour Pass, four adult beverages tickets (for those ages 21 and older) and more. The special driver appearances will include pre-race question-and-answer sessions, led by Miss Sprint Cup Julianna White. Tickets to the Tricky Triangle Club require a GoBowling.com 400 Sunday ticket. The Red Carpet #SelfieSuite is a VIP seating area, which will be the closest place a fan can sit during the special guest appearances. Pocono Raceway will randomly select individuals, who have purchased an August Tricky Triangle Club Pass, to be upgraded to the Red Carpet #SelfieSuite.(Pocono Raceway)(7-23-2014)
Jimmie Johnson Experience Returning for GoBowling.com 400: Pocono Raceway announced they will host the Jimmie Johnson Fan Experience, which includes an exclusive, kids-focused question-and-answer session with the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, prior to the start of the GoBowling.com 400 on Sunday, August 3. Additionally, all kids in attendance will receive a No. 48 Lowe's Chevy replica car kit as part of the Lowe's Build and Grow clinic. For more information and to purchase access passes, please visit poconoraceway.com/jj48.(Pocono Raceway)(7-14-2014)
B.R.M. named Official Timekeeper of Pocono Raceway: Pocono Raceway announced a multi-year partnership with Bernard Richards Manufacture (BRM), an iconic, international watchmaker. BRM will serve as the "Official Timekeeper of Pocono Raceway" for all of 'The Tricky Triangle's' major events. Driven by passion for motorsports and engineered for exceptional performance, BRM's bespoke timepieces are defined by pure racing spirit, and as the only French watchmaking manufacture, the brand is synonymous with individuality. Introducing one-of-a-kind, limited-edition models every year, BRM's commitment to craftsmanship and technical precision has garnered global partnerships with racing's elite including Abarth, and INDYCAR drivers Marco Andretti and Simon Pagenaud.(Pocono Raceway)(7-6-2014)
Halftime Party and Fan Garage Experience Return to Pocono: Back by popular demand, Pocono Raceway announced the Bud Light Halftime Party and the Tricky Triangle Garage Experience will be offered at the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway. Both fan experiences were a success at this year's Pocono 400. The Bud Light Halftime Party will be held, for those ages 21 and over, between laps 60-120 of the GoBowling.com 400 inside Pocono Raceway's Chalet Village on Sunday, August 3. This event will include beer, food, live entertainment, beer games and televisions to keep up with all the on-track action. Existing ticket holders can attend by purchasing the $19 Halftime Party Access Pass. New ticket purchasers can get access to the party and a GoBowling.com 400 tickets for just $69. The Tricky Triangle Garage Experience includes a guided tour of the Pocono Raceway garage area. The first 150 Pocono Raceway $100 Gift Card purchases, will be eligible to attend this pre-race experience.(Pocono Raceway)(6-28-2014)
Earnhardt Jr. wins at Pocono: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 2nd win of 2014, his 1st win at Pocono and his 21st career win. It is the first season that Earnhardt Jr. has had multiple wins since 2004. The last four races at Pocono have been won by a different Hendrick Motorsports driver [6/2014-EarnhardtJr, 8/2013-Kahne, 6/2013-Johnson, 8/2012-Gordon]
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd [for the 2nd race in a row] followed by #41-Busch, #11-Hamlin (pole sitter), #42-Larson, #48-Johnson, #31-Newman, #24-Gordon, #78-Truex, Jr. and #1-McMurray.
Pole sitter, #11-Hamlin, led five laps and finished 4th.
#20-Kenseth, who came into the race as the points leader, finished 25th with a lot of front end damage, lost the points lead to #24-Gordon, who leads by 16 points over Kenseth.
#88-Earnhardt Jr. leads the Chase Seeding with two wins, highest in driver points at 3rd. #48-Johnson is second, also with 2 wins, but 4th in points. #22-Logano has 2 wins and is 9th in points. #4-Harvick has two wins and is 12th in points.
There were 21 lead changes among 10 drivers and there were 7 cautions for 26 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 139.440mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Pocono Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Pocono Penalty Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Pocono Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-8-2014)
Pocono Raceway Partners with Google: Pocono Raceway has partnered with Google Business View Program, a division of Google Maps, and Aerial Media Productions. "The Tricky Triangle" becomes the first NASCAR track in the country to partner with this Google platform. Additionally, the Raceway has hired another company to capture video using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). "This is truly a great day," said Pocono Raceway President/CEO, Brandon Igdalsky. "Anytime an organization has the chance to be the first in their respective field to partner with a giant such as Google, it is a spectacular day. We are extremely happy about this partnership. We cannot wait to show you the amazing photos and video, once the package is all put together." Still photos and 360-view Photo Spheres, including the Google Tour, are being shot by Business Photo America, a Google-trusted agency. The UAV and other videography is being captured by the Kinston, N.C.-based Aerial Media Productions.(Pocono Raceway)(6-8-2014)
Pocono removes tunnel turn curb: #24-Jeff Gordon comments on the removal of curbing in tunnel turn at Pocono Raceway: "I don't think the track has changed - it's just the curb I believe has been removed from Turn 2 and the access road is now like a normal apron. I think visually it's going to take some getting used to. We used that curb as a real focal point and, now that it's gone, what you used to get through that corner will be different."(HMS)(6-6-2014)
Pocono 400 Hauler Parade Coming to Harrisburg PA: Pocono Raceway President/CEO Brandon Igdalsky and Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett and Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse recently announced a unique NASCAR Hauler Parade coming to the capital city on Thursday, June 5, 2014. "We are pleased to announce yet another exciting event that will draw visitors to Pennsylvania this year,' Mrs. Corbett said. "The governor and I are excited that the NASCAR Hauler Parade will be travelling through Harrisburg and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the state's capital." This is the first time an official hauler parade will come through Pennsylvania and offer NASCAR fans the opportunity to see the iconic haulers up close, at no charge.
The hauler parade will feature 15-20 trucks representing Chip Ganassi Racing, Penske Racing, and Hendrick Motorsports teams as they make their way to the Pocono 400, which will take place June 6-8 in Long Pond, PA. In addition to transporting the racecars, a racing hauler is designed to be a NASCAR driver's home away from home. The trucks serve multiple purposes while on the road, from workshops to conference rooms. "We are thrilled to kick off the Pocono 400 weekend with this unique experience in Harrisburg," said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President and CEO. "We often say we have the best race fans in the world so we hope to see many of them cheering on the haulers on June 5."
The haulers will be staged at the Farm Show Complex for general public viewing from 10:00-11:30 am/et. on June 5. The hauler parade will then drive to the Capitol Complex, where the trucks will pause for pictures as they pass the State Capitol building.(Pocono Raceway)(6-4-2014)
Fan-Driven events to debut at Pocono: Pocono Raceway announced three first-time, fan-driven activities to occur at the June 6-8 Pocono 400 race weekend. These new events include a 50/50 raffle, the opportunity to be upgraded to the Red Carpet #SelfieSuite at Pocono's Tricky Triangle Club Presented by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, featuring appearances by movie stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum and NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, and the possibility to enjoy the Infield Block Party on Saturday night for a small donation, per car, to Pocono Raceway's local fire department. Next weekend fans will have the opportunity to participate in a weekend-long 50/50 contest where one lucky winner will take home a 50% share of the total jackpot. The efforts of the Mattioli Foundation, the Raceway's official charitable foundation and hosts of the raffle, should yield an estimated jackpot of $30,000. Proceeds from the contest will benefit the NASCAR Foundation. The Infield Block Party, usually reserved for Camping/RV guests only, will be open to the general public on Saturday night. For a small donation of $5, per car, to the Tunkhannock Township Fire Department, fans will be able to enjoy all the Infield Block Party has to offer.(Pocono Raceway)(5-31-2014)
Testing at Pocono this week UPDATE: Twelve drivers are scheduled to test at Pocono Raceway on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Drivers scheduled to test: #51-Justin Allgaier, #7-Michael Annett, #15-Clint Bowyer, #66-Jeff Burton, #3-Austin Dillon, #42-Kyle Larson, #1-Jamie McMurray, #27-Paul Menard, #31-Ryan Newman, #36-Reed Sorenson, #78-Martin Truex, Jr. and #55-Brian Vickers. No Ford teams are scheduled to test. The test is closed to the public. In the event of inclement weather, rain date is Wednesday, May 28th. Drivers scheduled to test may change without notice.(Pocono Raceway)(5-26-2014)
UPDATE: Pocono Raceway will open their gates, for fans, for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams who will be testing on Tuesday, May 27 and Wednesday, May 28. A limited seating section of the Grandstands will be open from 9 am - 5 pm both day. Fans may access the Grandstands by entering the track property at Gate 5 (off Long Pond Road). From there, cones will guide fans to park by Gate 11. Admission and parking is FREE for the two-day test session. Fans may bring coolers, but glass of any kind, is strictly prohibited.(Pocono Raceway)(5-26-2014)
Inaugural Halftime Party Announced for Pocono 400: Pocono Raceway will host their first-ever 'Halftime Party' from lap 60 to lap 120 of the Pocono 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 8. This exclusive party will allow fans, ages 21 and older, to access a VIP-only area which will include beer, food, beer games, live music and a big-screen television to watch the race broadcast. "We are really excited about today's announcement," said Pocono Raceway President/CEO, Brandon Igdalsky. "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series mid-race party of its kind. Fans can enhance their Pocono race-day experience by getting out of the sun for a few laps, grabbing a few beers with friends and enjoying the live entertainment we're offering with the Halftime Party. All this without missing the action on the track." Fans have two options to gain access to the Pocono Raceway's Inaugural Halftime Party. The first is a $69 ticket package which includes a 100-level Grandstand ticket to the Pocono 400 and the Halftime Party Access Pass. The second option is a $19 Halftime Party Access Pass, for those who either have previously purchased Pocono 400 tickets or are looking to purchase higher-level seats. To purchase this one-of-a-kind access, and for more information, please visit poconoraceway.com/halftime.(Pocono Raceway)(5-25-2014)
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill Named Grand Marshals at Pocono: Pocono Raceway announced Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, stars of Columbia Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' upcoming comedy 22 Jump Street, have been named Grand Marshals for the Pocono 400 on Sunday, June 8. Both movie stars will be on hand to give the honorary command to fire engines, take part in a VIP question-and-answer session, and enjoy the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at "The Tricky Triangle."
"The excitement surrounding the Pocono 400 is even higher now," said Pocono Raceway President/CEO, Brandon Igdalsky. "We are thrilled to have two movie stars of Jonah and Channing's stature joining us and helping us kick off the Pocono 400. Personally, I'm really looking forward to 22 Jump Street - I loved the first one and this one looks even better."
Hill and Tatum will make a special, pre-race appearance at Pocono's Tricky Triangle Club. The Tricky Triangle Club is a ticket add-on which features access to driver and special guest appearances, lunch, food, beverages, a Pit Tour Pass, four adult beverages (for those ages 21 and older) and more. Tickets to the Tricky Triangle Club require a Pocono 400 ticket. Both are available for purchase by visiting www.poconoraceway.com or by calling the Pocono Raceway ticket office at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929). 22 Jump Street is produced by Neal H. Moritz, Jonah Hill, and Channing Tatum. The film, from Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, will be released on June 13.(Pocono Raceway)(5-21-2014)
Johnson headlines Kid-Focused events for Pocono 400: Pocono Raceway will host the fourth-annual Jimmie Johnson Fan Experience, which includes an exclusive, kids-focused question-and-answer session with the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, prior to the start of the Pocono 400 on Sunday, June 8. In addition to the ticket package, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray will visit Pocono's seventh annual Bowlopolis Kids Day on Saturday, June 7. The 2014 Jimmie Johnson Fan Experience will feature a kid-generated question-and-answer session with the three-time Pocono race winner and a Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic, prior to the start of Sunday's 400-mile race. Pocono 400 ticket holders have two options to choose from for this pre-race experience: the $48 family-four pack or the $20 individual pass. For more information and to purchase access passes, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/jj48. Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray will visit Pocono Raceway's annual Bowlopolis Kids Day, a free event for all to enjoy, for their question-and-answer session on June 7. Bowyer and McMurray will appear in the Chalet Village, located behind the Grandstands and near Gate 8, in between the two scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practices on Saturday morning.(Pocono Raceway)(5-7-2014)
Pocono Raceway Announces All-New Kids Club: Pocono Raceway and their official mascot, Tricky, announced they will start a Kids Club for younger race fans, ages 14 and under. This membership will feature an exclusive welcome package, at-track benefits, two member-only events during the year and automatic entry into a drawing where one lucky member will be selected to wave the green flag to start one of Pocono Raceway's ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards or Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire races in 2014. After becoming a member, kids will receive a welcome bag containing their membership card, two-pocket folder, writing utensils, Tricky the Fox hero card, stuffed Tricky animal and more. A lucky kids club member will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be the Honorary Starter for either the June 7 Pocono 200, July 5 Pocono Indy Lights race or the August 1 ModSpace 125. Kids Club members will also receive free admission, with ticketed adult, to all Friday and Saturday race weekend events at "The Tricky Triangle." For more information and to join our Kids Club, visit poconoraceway.com/kidsclub. Tickets to all three of Pocono Raceway's NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends are now available, with Kids (ages 12 and under) Sunday Grandstand tickets being offered at half price. To purchase tickets, please visit www.poconoraceway or call our ticket office at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(4-11-2014)
Hot Dog Eating Championship qualifying to include NASCAR locations: Nathan's Famous, Inc. has unveiled the official list of sites that will host hot dog eating contests to qualify competitive eaters who will participate in the annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Nathan's Famous on Brooklyn's Coney Island. The Nathan's Famous qualifying tour stops in four new cities this year. It's also premiering at NASCAR events, including the annual Speed Street celebration in Charlotte, NC; Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA; and Sonoma Raceway in northern California. Nathan's Famous will host its first-ever qualifier at Busch Stadium prior to a St. Louis Cardinals game in May. This year's circuit begins on April 26th in Las Vegas and stops at 12 other cities before the final event takes place on July 4, 2014 at the Nathan's Famous flagship in Coney Island. The top male and top female finishers from each qualifier will earn a spot to compete in the ESPN-televised finals at the original Nathan's Famous, a holiday tradition since 1916.(Nathan's Famous)(3-21-2014)
Pocono honored for economic impact to Pennsylvania: Pocono Raceway was honored at a ceremony in the Rotunda of the State Capital Building in Harrisburg, PA for the economic impact that the Raceway provided the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2013. Governor Tom Corbett and leaders of the State Senate and House of Representatives acknowledged the $257,500,000 economic stimulus resulting from the events held at the Raceway last year. The economic impact analysis, prepared by East Stroudsburg University, shows exactly what Pocono Raceway means to tourism in the Pennsylvania. Over 55% of the Raceway fans come from out of state- some coming as far as out of country- and visit for 3-5 days. They fill hotels rooms, camp, fish, shop, gamble, dine and enjoy everything northeast Pennsylvania has to offer. The Raceway generated over $15M in state tax revenue and put another $15M into the local economy. This is in addition to generating over $1M in hotel tax, revenue that is earmarked to support tourism promotion and advertising statewide by the DCED and in Northeast Pennsylvania by the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.(Pocono Raceway)(3-13-2014)
Third-Annual Dover vs. Pocono Softball Game April 30: Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway take their yearly rivalry on to the field for the for the Third Annual Celebrity Softball Game, featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray. The game will be played on Wednesday, April 30 at the home of the York Revolution in York, Pa. Kahne, driver of the #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy SS, will captain Team Pocono, while McMuray, who pilots the #1 Ganassi Racing Chevy SS, will lead Team Dover. The softball series is currently tied at one game a piece, with Team Pocono coming from behind to win the inaugural game in 2012 and Team Dover evening the score with a walk-off victory last year. Access to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to that night's baseball game. Tickets for the York Revolution game start at just $8, and all children ages 12 and younger that wear their NASCAR gear receive free admission. For tickets, call 717-801-4478 or visit www.YorkRevolution.com. In addition to Kahne and McMurray, the rosters from each team will be made up of members of national and local motorsports media, as well as other local media personalities, and a few other special guests.(Pocono Raceway)(3-9-2014)
Pocono Raceway Simplifies Grandstand Seating Layout: Pocono Raceway announced they have simplified the way fans will find their Grandstands seats while attending NASCAR and INDYCAR events at "The Tricky Triangle." This announcement comes one year after the Raceway introduced way-finding signage throughout their facility. During this simplification process, the actual location of previously purchased and/or available Grandstand tickets will not change.
The Grandstands have been split into three towers with Petty Tower, named after inaugural NASCAR race winner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, France Tower, named after the founding father of NASCAR Bill France, Sr., and Donohue Tower, named after inaugural open-wheel race winner Mark Donohue.
The Grandstands have also been divided into three levels starting with a lower, 100-level closest to the racing action on the track, moving to the 200-level in the middle of the Grandstands and to the highest, 300-level with shaded seating and optimal views of the entire Raceway.
"One of the biggest issues we have had over the years was getting fans inside the track, through the gates and, eventually, to their seats," said Pocono Raceway President/CEO Brandon Igdalsky. "Phase one of this way-finding project began last year with new signs both inside and outside the facility. As part of the second phase, we will simplify the way our Grandstand seating is arranged. The best part about this change is nothing really changes for the fan. Seats have not been moved and the prices of tickets stay the same. The only difference now, it will be easier to find your seats. Especially, if you are a first time fan."
Historically, Grandstand sections were assigned an alpha-numeric name. Now, Grandstand sections will more simply be referred to by number. For example, section N-24 will now be referred to as section 146 and section S-22 will now be referred to as section 101. The easiest way to follow this new logic is keep in mind high section numbers are located closer to Turn 3 and decrease, in order, as they move across the Grandstands in race direction towards Turn 1. For instance, using the 100 Level as an example, section 146 is located closest to Turn 3 in the Petty Tower, while section 101 is located closest to Turn 1 in the Donohue Tower. Accordingly, section 123 is located at the Start/Finish Line in the France Tower. The 200 and 300 levels follow this same logic, so, sections 201 and 301 are closest to Turn 1 in the Donohue Tower.
The new seating map, depicting the changes mentioned, and more information regarding this simplification process can be found at www.poconoraceway.com/2014seats.(Pocono Raceway)(3-6-2014)
Dover and Pocono Partner Up for Feb. 23rd Event Featuring Giveaways: Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway will help area NASCAR fans kick off the 2014 season with the second-annual Daytona 500 Watch Party at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia on Sunday, February 23, at 1:00 pm/et. One of the biggest events in the motorsports world will be broadcast on the 32-foot Sony High Definition television screen at the center of the NBC Sports Area venue. In addition to viewing "The Great American Race," fans in attendance can enter to win a number of great prizes, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets to both the June 1, 2014, race at the Monster Mile and the June 8, 2014, "Pocono 400" at The Tricky Triangle, as well as, some autographed NASCAR memorabilia. The first 60 fans to arrive will have their choice of a pair of tickets to either the Friday, May 30 "Lucas Oil 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race or the Saturday June 7 "Pocono 200" ARCA Racing Series race.
The event begins at noon at XFINITY Live!, a dining and entertainment venue located in the heart of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. The first-of-its-kind venue features more than a dozen restaurants and entertainment companies, including: Broad Street Bullies Pub, PBR Bar and Grill (Professional Bull Riders), Philly MarketPlace, Spectrum Grill, Victory Beer Hall and the NBC Sports Arena. XFINITY Live! is located at 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19418.(Pocono Raceway)(2-12-2014)
Kids NASCAR Sunday Grandstand Tickets Now Half Price at Pocono: Pocono Raceway announced all Sunday Grandstand tickets for kids, ages 12 and under, for both the June 8, Pocono 400 and the August 3, GoBowling.com 400, are now half price. Additionally, "The Tricky Triangle" introduced the Tricky Track Pack, a family-four pack for $98 which includes four select 100 level Sunday NASCAR Grandstand tickets, four soft drinks and four hot dogs. Pocono Raceway will continue to allow children, ages 12 and under, to attend all major motorsports events held on Fridays and Saturdays for free. Children must be accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Kids Sunday Grandstand tickets for the 2014 Pocono 400 and 2014 GoBowling.com 400 start at $22.50. The Tricky Track Pack is also now available for $98. To purchase tickets, visit www.poconoraceway.com or call at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(2-1-2014)
Ground Hog Day Special at Pocono: On February 2nd, the eyes of the world will be fixed on Gobbler's Knob as we wait to see if Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, will see his shadow. Will there be six more weeks of winter or can we expect an early spring? In honor of Groundhog Day, Pocono Raceway is offering a 12% discount on Sunday Terrace Platinum, Terrace Vista and Terrace seats for this year's Pocono 400 & GoBowling.com 400! PLUS, based on Phil's prognostication, you could receive a FREE Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass! To purchase tickets and become eligible to receive a free Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass, log on to poconoraceway.com and enter promocode: PHIL.
If Phil does not see his shadow, this means there will be early Spring and Pocono Raceway will celebrate by providing everyone who purchases a ticket through this promotion with one FREE Pit/Paddock Pass, per transaction. Folks only have until 5:00pm on February 1st to be eligible for this exclusive offer.(Pocono Speedway)(1-31-2014)
Pocono Raceway Announces Staff Addition and Promotions: Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President and CEO, announced today the addition of Kevin Henry to the Raceway staff as Senior Director of Facility Operations. Igdalsky also announced the promotions of Ben May and Roger Green. "The addition of Kevin, and the promotions of Ben and Roger, will strengthen the Raceway's management team and help lead Pocono Raceway on a successful growth path in future years," stated Igdalsky.
Kevin Henry comes to Pocono Raceway after a thirteen year professional experience at Penn State University's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, where he took on numerous operational roles from facility management of venues such as Medlar Field at Lubrano Park - Penn State's mixed collegiate and professional baseball venue - to event management of varying scales to include Penn State's Beaver Stadium. In recent years, Kevin's focus was on event operations at Penn State's Beaver Stadium, working with major contractors and event personnel to successfully implement game operations for full-scale collegiate football games.
Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Kevin holds a Bachelors' degree in Recreation and Park Management and a Master's Degree in Project Management from Penn State University. In addition, Kevin is an active member in the National Center for Spectator Sport Safety and Security (NCS4) and holds certifications in venue safety and security from both NCS4 and the Department of Homeland Security. Kevin and his wife, Colette will soon relocate to the Pocono region and are the proud parents of two children, Audrey and Will.
Ben May was promoted to the position of Pocono Raceway's Chief Marketing Officer. Ben has been a member of the Pocono Raceway family since 2000, where he began his career as the Trackside Sales Manager. Formerly, Ben was the Chief Operating Officer of the Pocono Raceway concessions arm, Mountain Concessions. Ben leads a dedicated team determined to exceed the experience the Pocono faithful deserves. Ben also heads up the concessions business for Pocono Raceway's sister track, South Boston Speedway. Additionally, Ben is a member of Pocono Raceway's sales, marketing and promotional team and proudly helps Pocono continue as a leader in the NASCAR industry with its entertainment, sustainable energy and fan -driven mindset. Ben is a Greenville, NC-native, a graduate of Elon University and lives in Effort, PA with his wife, Cory and son, Nate.
Roger Green assumes the position of Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships. Roger joined the Raceway staff in 2004, previously handling Trackside Sales including Corporate Displays, Driver Souvenir Trailers and Corporate Hospitality. He is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a Sports Management Degree. Roger resides in Saylorsburg, PA with his wife, Sandra and two children Braydon and Alexandra.(Pocono Raceway)(1-13-2014)
Pocono Raceway Announces New Fan Council Members: Pocono Raceway announced today the 20 members who will make up the 2014 Pocono Raceway Fan Council. All members, including those selected for the inaugural Fan Council last year, will now serve a two-year term. The Fan Council's main object is to help improve the overall fan experience for all who attend events at "The Tricky Triangle."
"We are excited to welcome the new members to our Fan Council and we cannot wait to see what they will bring to the table this year," said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President/CEO. "Additionally, the inaugural Fan Council members did such an amazing job; we decided to extend their term one more year and the terms of all future members for a total of two years. Pocono received nearly 100 applications this year and after a lengthy review, "The Tricky Triangle" would like to introduce the 2014 Pocono Raceway Fan Council:
· Patty Aber (Middletown, NJ)
· Tom Albrecht (Endicott, NY)
· Thomas Anderson (Bethlehem, PA)
· Paul Bartoli (Tannersville, PA)
· Tom Brys (North Brunswick, NJ)
· Patricia Christmann (Cresco, PA)
· Tom Frendak (Coaldale, PA)
· Christina Gillim (New York, NY)
· Howard Gregory (Weatherly, PA)
· Chuck Grew (Mechanicsburg, PA)
· George Harrelson (Binghamton, NY)
· Donna Hines (Wilkes Barre, PA)
· Jay Palmer (Greencastle, PA)
· Zach Martin (New York, NY)
· Scott McIsaac (Perth, Ontario)
· Jennifer Meyering (Schwenksville, PA)
· Jennifer Moulton (Budd Lake, NJ)
· Ray Rafalko (Old Forge, PA)
· Scott Townsend (Phoenix, MD)
· Deb Wentzel (Shillington, PA)
The Pocono Raceway Fan Council will complete surveys, meet quarterly and assist with promotional events throughout the year. Fan Council members will be active during the three major race weekends at Pocono as they interact with fellow fans and learn about their experiences.(Pocono Raceway)(12-21-2013)
Pocono lengthens truck race by 25 miles: Pocono Raceway announced today their 2014 race lengths have been extended. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will make their fifth-annual return to Pocono Raceway for the Pocono Mountains 150 on Saturday, August 2. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Pocono Raceway for the fifth-straight season. The race length of the first two Truck races at "The Trick Triangle" were extended past the advertised distance, due to late-race accidents, and resulted in green-white-checkered finishes.(Pocono Raceway PR)(10-25-2013)
Pocono Announces 2014 Events Dates: Pocono Raceway will host three major motorsports race weekends and two premier endurance race events. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return to "The Tricky Triangle" for the June 6-8 Pocono 400 and the August 1-3 GoBowling.com 400 race weekends. The IndyCar Series will be back for the second straight year during the July 5-6 Pocono IndyCar weekend Fueled by Sunoco. In addition, the Raceway will host the inaugural Tough Mudder Poconos April 19-20 and their third annual Warrior Dash on August 23. "The past year was incredible," stated Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President and CEO. "Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson, dominated and took the checkers in our June race. Local favorite Marco Andretti set a new track record as he earned the pole for the INDYCAR race in July, but during the race, Scott Dixon came out of nowhere to capture the first open-wheel victory at Pocono since 1989. Then the thrilling duel, at the end of the GoBowling.com 400 in August, between teammates Jeff Gordon and eventual race winner Kasey Kahne, capped off our exciting 2013 racing season. Tickets for the 2014 NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends at Pocono Raceway, which will include the same supporting series events as 2013, will go on sale October 1, 2013. Fans can visit www.poconoraceway.com or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(10-1-2013)
Pocono Raceway Accepting 2014 Fan Council Applications: Pocono Raceway is accepting applications for the 2014 Pocono Raceway Fan Council, a 20-member board to be comprised of race fans to assist "The Tricky Triangle" staff in developing and improving overall fan engagement. Members of the inaugural Pocono Raceway Fan Council, created last year, will play a vital role in the selection process of the 2014 group.
"The creation of the Pocono Raceway Fan Council has provided a different perspective with the way we engage race fans," said Brandon Igdalsky, President and CEO of Pocono Raceway. "The 20 members selected for the inaugural council provided us with some great feedback, which will shape our fan-engagement planning for years to come. Their roles will change from providing input about our facility to assisting us with selecting new members for the 2014 Pocono Raceway Fan Council. We are excited to see who will apply this year!"
The Pocono Raceway Fan Council will complete surveys, meet quarterly (either in person or through conference calls) and assist with promotional events throughout the year. Members are selected to a one year term from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014. Race fans interested in applying for the 2014 Pocono Raceway Fan Council can download and submit an application by visiting www.poconoraceway.com/fancouncil. Applications are due by Friday, October 18, 2013. All applicants must be over 18 years of age or older. Those selected for this year's fan council will be notified by a Pocono Raceway representative in December 2013.(Pocono Raceway)(10-1-2013)
Heroin dealers arrested leaving Poconos NASCAR race: Four heroin dealers were arrested and their drugs seized outside the Party in the Poconos NASCAR race Sunday afternoon because their driver made a wrong turn leaving the track, police said. The group attracted the attention of police when the car turned right against traffic exiting the Pocono Raceway from Long Pond Road onto Route 115 in Tunkhannock Township, state police at Fern Ridge said. When police noticed drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle and started a car search, two of the suspects tried to hide several heroin packets, but police and NASCAR fans spotted the attempt and police confiscated the drugs, police said.(full story at the Morning Call)(6-12-2013)
Armed Forces Foundation and NASCAR Bring "Troops to the Track" Program to Pocono: The Armed Forces Foundation and NASCAR continue the 2013 Troops to the Track program on Sunday, June 9th, by bringing service members based out of United States Army Garrison West Point Directorate of Emergency Services Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians to the Party in the Poconos 400 at the Pocono Raceway. Their mission is to provide the West Point community world class police and fire emergency response, security, and exceptional customer service while directly enhancing the quality of life for all members of our community and the United States Military Academy. Troops to the Track will be expanded to include service member's families during NASCAR: An American Salute, which begins at the Coca-Cola 600 and runs through the Coke Zero 400 on July 4th weekend. NASCAR: An American Salute is a six-week industry-wide effort to honor and celebrate the service of current Armed Forces members, veterans, and their families. Sergeant John Shoemaker, a member of the military police force located at West Point, will be riding in the pace car and will be spotlighted at the Party at the Poconos 400. Sergeant Shoemaker has dedicated ten years of his life to the military and is proud to provide professional law enforcement for the West Point community and its guests.(AFF)(6-7-2013)
Hamlin says Pocono has changed with repave: Denny Hamlin says the recent repaving of the 2.5-mile triangular track, where the Cup series races next week and Aug. 4, has taken away the edge he had there. "We had a leg up... we had two legs up on everyone when we went there with the old pavement," Hamlin said. "I think now we're better than average, but we're not the best anymore at that track. But it's definitely a place that we have performed well. Even after it got paved we still performed pretty well. Yeah, it is a track I look forward to ... Really, for me, I think that when they changed the track and they paved it, it changed everything. It really was like a whole new race track. Same with Kansas and Michigan -- all of these tracks, as soon as they pave them, they took one track and they just really threw it out and you've got a whole other surface, new setups, new way of driving style every single time. I think that's the challenge for us. We've got to really learn that race track again." Because passing is more difficult on the new Pocono surface, track position will be crucial. That may be good news for Hamlin, who will be trying for his third straight Sprint Cup pole next weekend at the Tricky Triangle.(NASCAR Wire Service)(6-2-2013)
Pocono Completes Extensive Road Course Upgrades: Pocono Raceway has completed their extensive road course renovation project. This includes the resurfacing of all infield road courses, the addition of multi-directional curbing and upgraded participant amenities. Each of the 17 track layouts can be run in either clockwise or counter clockwise directions, allowing for a total of 34 configurations. The courses range in distances from a technical half-mile layout to a 2.53-mile national circuit. FIM multi-directional curbing was added to all the corners and the run-offs were smoothed and leveled. All available configurations can be found by visiting www.poconoraceway.com/roadcourses.
Two new structures were added that include meeting rooms, classrooms, the Garage Grill Cafe and modern restrooms and showers for both competitors and guests conveniences. Additionally, 100 Infield RV spots have been opened for use. Complete with power, water and sewer hookups, these spots are available for both competitors and guests to enjoy while utilizing the road courses. For track rental availability, rates and RV Reservations, please contact Pocono Raceway's Operations Department at 570-646-2300. Pocono Raceway is the world's largest solar powered sports facility. The Raceway developed a 25 acre, three megawatt solar farm that provides the energy needs of the Raceway as well as adding electricity to the local power grid.(Pocono Raceway)(5-6-2013)
Fans rename June Pocono race "Party in the Poconos 400": Pocono Raceway and Walmart announced the new name for the June 9 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, as voted on by race fans, will be the "Party in the Poconos 400 Presented by Walmart." Additionally, fan voting for the official June 7 - 9 race weekend concession item, from three fan-submitted pierogi recipes, begins today. "Party in the Poconos 400" was chosen, following a four-week, fan-driven vote between three fan-submitted race names. Nearly half of the overall votes for the new race name were in favor of "Party in the Poconos 400." The other race name submissions were the "Race More, Live Better 400" and the "Pocono for the People 400." Fans will continue to have their voices heard as they vote on the official race weekend concession item, to be sold at select Raceway vendor locations. Voting begins today and fans will vote on one of the following fan-submitted pierogi recipes: Hot Honey Buffalo Wing, Loaded Baked Potato or Sweet Cinnamon Sugar. To vote, please visit walmarturl.com/fandriven400. Concession item voting ends on May 6. Additionally, Pocono Raceway and Walmart are making the 400-mile June 9 race more affordable for fans by offering 16,000 Concourse Grandstand Tickets for $25 each. (Pocono Racineway)(4-9-2013)
August Pocono race named GoBowling.com 400: Pocono Raceway and Strike Ten Entertainment, the sponsorship activation arm of the bowling industry, jointly announce a groundbreaking, multi-faceted partnership deal that brings together two of the nation's favorite sports brands: NASCAR and GoBowling.com, the official brand of bowling. For the first time ever, the 2013 and 2014 August NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races will be renamed the "GoBowling.com 400" as part of this freshly inked two-year sponsorship. In addition to the renaming of the GoBowling.com 400, TPocono Raceway and Strike Ten Entertainment will deploy an integrated sponsorship campaign that will extend across multiple platforms including traditional marketing, digital and social media as well as event activations. The partnership program will also include a series of GoBowling.com-themed bowling league promotional contests and in-center marketing elements, as well as other initiatives to be rolled out across the more than 4,000 participating bowling centers.(Pocono Raceway)(3-13-2013)
Joe Mattioli, III leaves Pocono Raceway Joseph R. Mattioli, III, the son of Dr. Rose Mattioli and the late Dr. Joseph Mattioli, announced that he is stepping down as a member of Pocono Raceway's Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Mattioli's tenure at Pocono started in 1974 following his graduation from Lehigh University and spanned over 40 years, with him serving as a member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and as its past President and COO. In 1995, with Pocono enjoying unprecedented success, Mattioli stepped down as President and COO, but continued to assist the family business as a member of the Board and Executive Committee. Joe Mattioli is especially proud of Pocono's success through the 70's and 80's, when debt service, a hurricane, a recession, an oil crisis and two sanctioning body boycotts during the USAC - CART wars threatened to shut the track down. "This was a family business, so failure was not an option. With a lot of help, including major assistance from the France and Hulman families, somehow we fought our way to success," Mattioli concluded. Mattioli's future plans include focusing more time on non-profit and veterans' organizations that he supports, such as the Military Warriors Support Foundation, which provides housing assistance to returning veterans, and the Motor Sports Institute, which promotes academic success through engagement with motor racing. He also plans to develop Group 341, a consulting business he began 2011. With offices in California, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma, Group 341 provides strategic planning, marketing, branding, and event management consulting services.(Pocono Raceway)(1-28-2013)
Little to no damage to tracks from hurricane: UPDATE: Racetracks that play host to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy do not report significant damage from the storm as of Tuesday morning. Dover International Speedway, which is less than 10 miles west from Delaware Bay and 45 miles northwest of Rehobeth Beach, Del., did not sustain any significant damage, track spokesman Gary Camp said Tuesday morning. Pocono Raceway, which is 100 miles west of New York City and about 100 miles north of Philadelphia, was without power Tuesday morning but only lost one of the steeples that towers above its grandstands, according to a tweet from track president Brandon Igdalsky. New Hampshire Motor Speedway, about 80 miles northwest of Boston and 50 miles west northwest of Portsmouth, reported no damage and no loss of power.(Sporting News)(10-30-2012)
UPDATE: Watkins Glen, a road course that covers more than 1,800 acres in upstate New York that is 250 miles northwest of New York City, suffered more than an estimated $50,000 worth of damage, according to track president Michael Printup. Part of victory lane was ripped apart, eight billboards were blown down, grandstand signage destroyed and building trim was damaged. Trees also were blown down by winds estimated at 60 miles an hour.(Sporting News)(10-30-2012)
Pennsylvania 400 Memorial Fund set up: Pocono Raceway has established the Pennsylvania 400 Memorial Fund to benefit the victims of the lighting strike tragedy which occurred following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 5, 2012. Donations will be accepted at any PNC Branch or by mailing checks/money orders, addressed to "Pennsylvania 400 Memorial Fund" to the following address:
Attn: Pennsylvania 400 Memorial Fund
1234 Long Pond Road
Long Pond, PA 18334
NASCAR evaluating weather policy: NASCAR and Pocono Raceway officials are investigating whether there is a need for emergency reaction policy changes to weather-related events following Sunday's tragedy at the 2.5-mile track. A 41-year-old man was killed and nine others were injured as a result of lightning strikes within minutes of the Sprint Cup race being called for severe weather. The incident raised the question of whether the race should have been called earlier to give the track time to evacuate the stands and everyone enough time to reach the safety of their cars or shelter. NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said NASCAR's attention to severe weather will be on "hyper alert" heading to this week's race at Watkins Glen. "But I will add we're always in that situation," he said. "Nobody had their guard down (at Pocono)." NASCAR doesn't have a hard and fast rule on how to react to severe weather. Higdon said that is left up to the individual tracks, and most don't have rules such as evacuating the track if lightning is within a certain radius of the facility. NASCAR officials made it clear that the safety of the fans in these situations ultimately is the responsibility of the tracks. The dilemma for tracks is they can have the best emergency plan, but the decision on when to stop the race is NASCAR's. As Ed Klima, the director of emergency services at Dover International Raceway, told the Associated Press, "it's very difficult to get people to leave if there's still cars going around the racetrack." The initial severe weather warning was issued to fans at Pocono at 4:12 p.m. NASCAR called the race and declared Jeff Gordon the winner at 4:54 p.m. The lightning strike that took the life of Brian F. Zimmerman of Moosic, Pa., while he was leaning against his car, took place at 5:01 p.m.(ESPN)(8-7-2012)
Fans struck by lightning after race: UPDATES: Three fans were struck by lightning following the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday at Pocono Raceway. According to a witness, they were struck outside the track. Track spokesman Bob Pleban confirmed that three people were injured and two were transported to a local hospital. One was treated at the track care center and released. Pleban said he could not release the names nor the condition of those injured, who were hit during a massive thunderstorm that forced the race to be halted after 98 of 160 laps.(Sporting News)(8-5-2012)
UPDATE: Officials at Pocono Raceway say 10 people attending Sunday's NASCAR race were injured in a lightning strike in the parking lot behind the grandstand, and two are in critical condition. Pocono spokesman Bob Pleban says it's not clear if all 10 were actually struck by lightning. It's unknown whether one or multiple lightning strikes occurred. Pleban says five people were treated at the scene. He says one person was taken to Pocono Medical Center and another to Lehigh Valley, where they were in critical condition. The conditions of the other three are unknown.(Associated Press)(8-5-2012)
UPDATE 2: One fan was killed and nine others were injured as a result of lightning strikes following Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. Track officials said the name or gender of the fan killed could not be released until family members were notified. They said the fan was pronounced dead on arrival at Pocono Mountain Medical Center in Stroudsburg. One other fan is in critical condition at Lehigh Hospital in Allentown. The other eight are being treated and evaluated for minor injuries at local hospitals.(ESPN.com)(8-5-2012)
UPDATE 3 - Pocono Statement: As reported yesterday, a long time member of our Pocono Raceway family, a spectator has passed away following a lightning strike. According to Monroe County Coroner Robert Allen the name of the deceased is 41 year old Moosic, Pennsylvania resident Brian Zimmerman Additionally; nine other individuals were transferred to local hospitals as a result of two separate lightning strikes.
At approximately 5:01 p.m. Eastern Time, the first lightning strike occurred on property inside our Grandstand Parking area, located near Gate 5A. A Pocono Raceway Grandstand Fire unit was stationed in the vicinity and witnessed the actual strike. The response was immediate as the unit reported the incident to our control tower and advised spectators were injured. CPR was started immediately to Mr. Zimmerman by a friend on the scene.
Within a matter of 3 minutes, medical personnel and additional emergency services reported on the scene and took control of treatment to individuals. EMT responders were approached by additional individuals who reported symptoms related to the lightning strike. Those affected were taken to the Raceway Medical Centers, where they were examined and transported to local area hospitals for treatment and further evaluation. A total of nine individuals were treated as a result of the initial lightning strike.
At approximately 6:35 p.m. Eastern Time, the control tower was notified of a second possible lightning strike in the vicinity near Gate 3. The individual was immediately transported to Pocono Raceway's Infield Medical Center where they were initially treated for minor injuries before being transported to Pocono Medical Center in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania for further evaluation.
At this point in time, the one individual that was in critical condition has now been upgraded to stable. Some have been treated and released. Others involved are pending release as early as today and all are in good spirits. The safety of all guests to Pocono Raceway is of the utmost importance to our entire staff. This tragic event is at the forefront of all of our thoughts and prayers. We will learn from the incident and continue to implement strategies to help ensure the safety of fans and all attendees at future events at Pocono Raceway.
Pocono Raceway Assists the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign: The National Park Foundation's Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign has been chosen as Pocono Raceway's charitable beneficiary of the NASCAR Green Flag Tree Planting program. The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, is excited that the eight green flags dropped during the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 10 will result in planting eight acres (approximately 5,000) of seedlings at the Flight 93 National Memorial as part of a 150,000-tree planting initiative. The memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania remembers the heroism of the forty men and women on board Flight 93 and offers a place of learning and understanding about the events of September 11, 2001. Tree planting is an essential feature of the memorial's design intended to symbolically create a living memorial and to develop an environmentally sustainable model for the 2,200-acre reclaimed coal mine and national park. The model will transform this area in important ways. Building the memorial will invigorate new life into a field scarred both by the events of September 11 and by years of mining and will change the Flight 93 site into a publicly-accessible national park visited and enjoyed by millions of visitors.(Pocono Raceway)(7-22-2012)
Pocono honoring Mattioli: Pocono Raceway founder Dr. Joseph Mattioli passed away in January, but his memory will be honored during the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend. Dr. Rose Mattioli, Mattioli's widow, and Nick Igdalsky, his grandson, announced Thursday a series of tributes that will take place. "The main push this weekend is Sam Bass was kind enough to do a tribute piece for Doc, which will be the program cover for this event," said Igdalsky, who was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer when Mattioli unexpectedly announced his retirement last August. The race program will also include a seven-page photo spread to Mattioli, an Old Forge native who died Jan. 26 at age 86. Other tributes this weekend include:
All ARCA and Sprint Cup cars will carry a decal with "Doc" - Mattioli's nickname - inside an outline of the 2.5-mile track.
Many Pocono staff members will also wear pins of a similar design.
There is a sign saying "Welcome to Doc's Place" as fans enter the infield via the tunnel.
Large boulders at the entrance to the paddock area were repainted like the decal.
A larger version of the decal will be emblazoned on the grass near the start of pit road.
There will also be a moment of silence, Taps and a 21-gun salute prior to Sunday's Pocono 400 Presented by #NASCAR. Mattioli was a Navy medic in the Pacific during World War II.(Times Leader)(6-10-2012)
Dr. Joseph Mattioli, Pocono Raceway Patriarch, Passes: Dr. Joseph Mattioli, Pocono Raceway Founder and Chairman of the Board, passed away today at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, surrounded by his loving family, following a lengthy illness. He was 86. "Doc" as he was known to friends and associates, was one of the most respected and admired men in automobile racing. He founded Pocono Raceway in the early 1960's and has been at the helm of Pocono ever since. Under his leadership, the track grew in stature and has hosted 68 very successful NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Events. His passion and drive helped Pocono Raceway succeed when other tracks fell by the wayside. Pocono Raceway is the only remaining family owned and run track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. He was always concerned that race fans and race car drivers and their families were treated with the upmost respect and constantly upgraded procedures and Raceway facilities to meet that goal.
He kept his fingers on the pulse of stock car racing and read everything printed concerning the sport. He was in the office daily, until last fall, and oversaw all aspects of the Pocono Raceway operations. At age 83, Dr. Mattioli spearheaded an ambitious solar energy project. He built a three megawatt photovoltaic solar energy system on 25 acres at Pocono Raceway. It is the world's largest solar-powered sports facility, making Pocono Raceway a leader in the renewable energy and environmental fields.
Dr. Mattioli was also well respected in the community. In 2009, he received the Philanthropic Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for his generous and continuous contributions to local civic organizations, hospitals, schools and charities. He served on the board of directors of numerous organizations and was dedicated to improving the quality of life in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
He served in the Pacific during World War Two as a Navy medic. Using the G.I. bill, he enrolled in the dentistry program at Temple University (where he met his soon to be wife, Rose.) Upon graduation, he developed his dental practice into a very lucrative business by working 12 to 14 hour days, six and sometimes seven days a week. He then began investing in and developing properties in Philadelphia and Northeastern Pennsylvania where he became involved in the start up of Pocono Raceway.
Dr. Mattioli is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dr. Rose, daughters Louie and Michele and son Joseph Mattioli III, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His passing leaves a void in the NASCAR community and especially to his family and extended "Pocono Raceway" family. Service Arrangements for Dr. Joseph Mattioli are incomplete at this time.(Pocono Raceway)(1-26-2012)
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