Pocono Raceway, the venue for the next Verizon IndyCar Series event the ABC Supply 500 confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that they have extended their contract to host the race through to the end of the 2018 season.
Pocono President and CEO Brandon Ildalsky commented by saying:
We are thrilled to share this great news that we will host the Verizon IndyCar Series through 2018, 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.
Ryan Hunter Reay driver of the No.28 DHL Honda for Andrett Autosport is the defending race winner and commented on the extension by saying:
The on-track show, the product we put on here last year was phenomenal, 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.
Pocono Raceway is Marco Andretti’s home race as he is from nearby Nazareth, Pennsylvania he commented by saying:
This is my home track so selfishly this is great news. “There is a great, long history of racing here at Pocono Raceway and I am excited we will continue to come back. I think our cars were made for this track.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon who drives the No.9 Target Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing, won here in 2013 and spoke about the news saying:
“Pocono Raceway needs to be a place we visit each year, and to build on the product we need to come here for a while. We need some longevity here.”
Tickets for the ABC Supply 500 which takes place on August 21 visit – http://www.poconoraceway.com/pocono-races.html