LONG POND, PA (October 27, 2015) – Pocono Raceway will host a Verizon IndyCar Series race, for the fourth consecutive season, in 2016. The ABC Supply 500 race weekend will take place August 20-21. Tickets for all events, taking place during the two-day race weekend, are now available at www.poconoraceway.com.
“We look forward to INDYCAR returning to ‘The Tricky Triangle’ this summer,” said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President and CEO. “Our track was designed for open-wheel cars and, given the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in May, it made all the sense to have them back for this historic season of racing. We worked diligently with INDYCAR to make this happen and we both agreed it was important to keep our race on the 2016 schedule. This, coupled with the overwhelming response from teams, drivers and race fans, were all contributing factors to our mutual decision.”
Sunday General Admission Grandstand tickets start at $25 for adults, and $12.50 for children, ages 12 and under. Additionally, 2016 renewal ticket information is in the process of being mailed and emailed to those who attended the INDYCAR race at Pocono Raceway this past year. For additional information, please visit www.poconoraceway.com or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).
Several Verizon IndyCar Series owners and drivers also commented on today’s announcement:
Marco Andretti – No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda
“In a lot of ways, I think our Indy cars were built for Pocono. And, the hometown support for me and the team is great. I really enjoy racing at the triangle and am glad to see it on the 2016 schedule.”
Michael Andretti – Owner of Andretti Autosport
“I’m excited to see the series return to Pocono. It’s an important race on the schedule both because of the strength of the market and competitive nature of the racetrack.”
Scott Dixon – No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
“‘The Tricky Triangle’ is a venue that has a lot of history with open-wheel racing in America. I personally love oval racing and I’m look forward to getting back there. It’s a tough place to get right. It’s definitely tricky and I think for us, the first time going there in 2013, and having a podium sweep with myself, Dario [Franchitti] and Charlie Kimball was huge for the team. Pocono actually kicked off our run for the championship that year so our first time there will always have a special place in my heart. Turn 3 for me is definitely one of the toughest corners on any of the circuits we go to all year. It’s always exciting for me to race there.”
Chip Ganassi – Owner of Chip Ganassi Racing
“Pocono Raceway has a tradition rich in Indy car racing and it’s an important event to have on our calendar. In addition to scoring Target’s 100th win there in 2013, the racing has proven to be very exciting over the past few seasons. The staff at Pocono are huge supporters of INDYCAR racing, and have been for a long time, so as a Pennsylvania guy, I’m happy to see it continue and I look forward to many more Indy car races there in the future.”
Juan Pablo Montoya – No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet
“INDYCAR does a really good job in trying to find new venues for us to race while also keeping us at those classic tracks where we put on good racing. Pocono Raceway is one of those tracks. It will always be special to me as the place where I got my first win for Team Penske. The people there do an amazing job in putting on the events and I look forward to going back there in 2016 and beyond.”
Roger Penske – Owner of Team Penske
“Having the Verizon IndyCar Series return to Pocono Raceway is great news for the fans, for the competitors and all of our partners. INDYCAR has such history at this track and we have seen just how competitive and entertaining the racing can be at Pocono over the last few years. It is very important for the series to have strong events on the East Coast and we are all excited that we will be back racing at Pocono in 2016.”