Capital March 10, 2014 (Small)

Raceway Honored by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Pocono Raceway Honored by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
For an Economic Impact of $257,500,000 in 2013

LONG POND, PA (March 10, 2014) ― Pocono Raceway was honored today 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.

Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President and CEO, stated “I am thrilled to stand here in the Capitol Rotunda and share some great news with our partners in Pennsylvania: Governor Corbett and his Administration, the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and most importantly, Pennsylvania citizens. I am proud to announce that in 2013 Pocono Raceway generated $257.5M in income and created 2,752 jobs.

Pocono Raceway has been operating since 1968, with INDYCAR races starting in 1971 and NASCAR races beginning in 1974.  Racing has changed a lot since then in terms of the marketplace and what fans want and expect from each race.  Fortunately, Pocono Raceway has been strategically partnering with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to ensure that our asset in Long Pond is maximized as much as possible.

I want to thank Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania Legislature for taking steps to ensure that not only Pocono Raceway, but Pennsylvania in general, is a great place to visit.  They are making investments in infrastructure and providing for opportunities for our facility to flourish. Our fans benefit from the transportation funding package, which provides for safer roads and bridges to get to our track. Charities benefit from a change in the local option small games of chance law that allows our track to host 50/50 raffles for their causes.

Our fans also benefit from our partnerships with the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Office of Tourism, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Lottery as we work to promote all that Pennsylvania has to offer to our race fans.

I am happy about how far we’ve come and where we’re going, and can’t wait to see what else Pocono Raceway can do for Pennsylvania citizens in the coming years,” concluded Igdalsky.

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.

NASCAR and INDYCAR officials took part in the ceremony and each acknowledged the importance of Pocono Raceway to their respective organizations. Key members of Gov. Corbett’s administration, business leaders, members of the Chamber of Commerce and other dignitaries were invited guests.

Brandon Igdalsky and Nick Igdalsky, Raceway Executive Vice-President and COO, were introduced on the Senate and House floors before the entire General Assembly. Resolutions, submitted by Senator Dave Argall and Representative Mike Carroll, stated the importance of the relationship between Pocono Raceway and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Comments

  1. Patti Dee Picone |

    Brandon has done a great job with the track in the past several years! Pocono Raceway was a wonderful family track when it first opened. Then, within several years it turned into an all out drinking festival weekend, were you couldn’t protect yourself, let alone your children…so the children couldn’t go anymore. Now, since Brandon and Nick are running it, the changes are unbelievable! It has become a family track again and every year they add more family activity to it! I think it’s one of the best tracks out there! I can’t imagine what else they can do to it!
    I’m hoping the road work, on Rt 115, that they will be doing will really help with the traffic flow at the end of the races! The entertainment they get for children is just as great for the adults! I love it! And we bought tickets for every race again this year! We don’t do summer vacations anymore because there are so many races to enjoy at Pocono! We take our vacations in the spring and fall!
    Thank you Brandon for all you do and for being so personable! Please don’t ever change! We love having you come in to the stands during test sessions and into all the breakout sessions during race days! That’s what makes you great!!!

    • Pocono Raceway |

      Thank you for the kind words. We have passed this along to Brandon and Nick. We can’t wait to see you and your family back at “The Tricky Triangle” this summer!

  2. Jim lynch |

    Catching up on track news and saw this great article. Yes the track has made massive expensive changes, and in a bad economy to boot. The rusk was worth the reward. I enjoy the he’ll out of the Poconos and NE Pa. Plenty of outdoor activities to either keep the heart pumping or just relax and enjoy. If you get the chance come visit. You’ll come back for sure!

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