The second leg of the reinstated Triple Crown takes place this weekend as the IZOD Indycar Series makes its return to Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania for Race 11 of the 2013 season.
As a result of winning the first leg in the Indianapolis 500, Tony Kanaan sits in the best position to secure himself a minimum bonus payment of $250,000 at the end of the season if he is able to win this weekend, securing two of the three legs of the Triple Crown. Should he also win the final event of the season as Fontana, a Grand Prize of a $1,000,000 prize will be awarded.
2013 POCONO INDYCAR 400 FUELED BY SUNOCO
|Date:||04-07 July 2013|
|Lap Length:||2.500 miles / 4.025km|
|Event Schedule:||Open Test Session 1||Thu 09:00-12:00|
|Open Test Session 2||Thu 13:00-17:00|
|Free Practice Session 1||Sat 10:00-11:00|
|Free Practice Session 2||Sat17:30-18:00|
|Race (160 laps, 400 miles)||Sun 12:15-15:00|
|Past IndyCar Winners:||Danny Sullivan (Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor)||1989|
|Bobby Rahal (Truesports Lola Judd)||1988|
|Rick Mears (Penske March Chevrolet-Ilmor)||1987|
|Mario Andretti (Newman/Haas Lola Cosworth)||1986|
|Rick Mears (Penske March Cosworth)||1985|
|Danny Sullivan (Doug Shierson Racing Lola Cosworth)||1984|
|Teo Fabi (Forsythe Racing March Cosworth)||1983|
|Rick Mears (Penske Cosworth)||1982|
Despite having been retired from active competition for 18 years, former Indy 500 winner and series champion Danny Sullivan is the defending IndyCar race winner at Pocono – albeit that was from 1989 when the event was last run.
Following Sullivan’s win, the race was removed from future series calendars due to the track running into disrepair as well as poor fan attendance resulting in significant losses for the promoter. By popular demand and following significant investments in recent years to modernise and upgrade facilities, the IndyCars will return to Pocono, which is already a host of NASCAR and American stock-cars.
Pocono Raceway, known also as the Tricky Triangle, is a super-speedway tri-oval with the highest banking of 14-degrees coming in the first corner and decreasing to 8-degrees and 6-degrees in the final two corners. With the distances between Turn 1 to 2, and then again from Turn 2 to 3 being the same, this will mean overtaking opportunities will exist into all three corners, although the highest speeds will come down the main straight with likely slipstreaming and passing into Turn 1.
Along with this season’s reintroduction of the Triple Crown comes one of its popular features in triple-file restarts. More recent fans to the sport will instantly think of how cautions can tend to breed cautions, especially considering how many were delivered in the second race at Detroit. It will be interesting to see how the drivers take this notion back on board ahead of the green flag dropping.
At Panther Racing, Ryan Briscoe returns to the seat vacated after Indianapolis by JR Hildebrand and alternating with Oriol Servia. Team-owner John Barnes will likely not be too impressed however at the guaranteed back-of-the-grid starting spot reserved for Briscoe this weekend due to a schedule clash with Briscoe’s commitments in the American Le Mans Series meaning the Aussie won’t be able to get to Pocono until Sunday morning.
The race this weekend will run over the course of 400 miles, and is likely to be another nail-biter. Whether somebody will be able to keep one of the Andretti Autosports drivers off the top step of the podium will be the main talking point of the race. Settle in and enjoy!