By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
The Verizon IndyCar Series and Pocono Raceway have agreed on a two-year extension that will keep its relationship going through the 2018 season.
The announcement comes in preparation for the fourth running of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, which is set for next weekend on Aug. 20-21.
Although the 2.5-mile known as “The Tricky Triangle” has hosted events in both July and August throughout its return, future race dates for the extension are still to be determined.
“We are thrilled to share this great news that we will host the Verizon IndyCar Series through 2018,” said Brandon Igdalsky, President of Pocono Raceway. “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.”
Since its return to the IndyCar calendar, Pocono has been the site of three different winners with Scott Dixon (2013), Juan Pablo Montoya (2014) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (2015).
“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,” said Jay Frye, Verizon IndyCar Series President of Competition and Operations.
“It’s very clear that Pocono is one of the favorites amongst the drivers, teams and fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series and we look forward to competing there for the foreseeable future.”