The Verizon IndyCar Series teams and drivers have arrived at Pocono Raceway ahead of this weekend’s on track action for the ABC Supply 500.
The series has been on a summer break for the past three weeks and although there may not have been any racing there was plenty of testing going on at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Watkins Glen and Pocono Raceway.
The end of the season is in sight with three races over the next three consecutive weekend’s with Pocono on Sunday, Texas next weekend and the IndyCar Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International over the Labor Day weekend from September 1-4 setting us up nicely for the season finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on September 18.
Pocono is a three turn triangle oval which presents plenty of challenges for the teams and drivers and going into the weekend some of the drivers will be hoping that they can put what they learnt at the test a couple of weeks ago to good use and have a successful race on Sunday.
The ABC Supply 500 on Sunday marks a return to the cockpit for Dale Coyne Racing’s Pippa Mann who will drive the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda alongside Conor Daly in the No.88 BCforever Honda.
The big question is can Simon Pagenaud extend his championship leader further by taking victory or will the Honda powered teams be able to take the manufacturers second victory of the season following Alexander Rossi’s Indianapolis 500 victory which came in May. Ryan Hunter Reay is the defending race winner so he will be hoping that he can challenge for victory on Sunday.
Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden will also be hoping for a strong result this weekend as he will miss the next race, the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway next week as he is currently in fourth place in the series standings just ahead of reigning series champion Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan.
Dixon will be hoping for a strong result this weekend having retired from Honda 200 at the Mid Ohio Sports Car course.