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August 1, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
ODDS ON an IndyCar series race returning to Pocono Raceway next summer are 50-50 at the moment. That's the view of Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono's president and CEO. Igdalsky said Tuesday a decision will be made "in the next few weeks. We're deep into our 2015 planning. We would like to be on IndyCar's schedule and they like being at Pocono. " Pocono officials are surveying fans and sponsors about IndyCar racing for a third time at the track. Prior to the July 6 race at Pocono, Igdalsky challenged fans to either show up or risk IndyCar not racing at the mountaintoptrack in 2015.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
LEAH PEREZ had just finished her dinner at Spasso Italian Grill, on Front Street near Chestnut, when a black Volkswagen sedan sped past her down Chestnut. "It was all smashed up like [the driver] had hit something," she said. "He had trouble controlling it. " Minutes later, that erratic driver - who police said was fleeing a crash with a parked car - launched his damaged vehicle into the depths of the Delaware River. And about an hour after that, the 36-year-old man was dead.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update: Police have identified the driver who died as Marc Oliverio, 25, of the 1800 block of McKean Street in South Philadelphia. Earlier story: Marquita Castleberry was taking a leisurely stroll late Monday afternoon near Penn's Landing when a car sped past her, crashed through a metal fence, flipped end over end, and plunged into the Delaware River. "It looked like something from a movie," said Castleberry, 38, a city resident. The man driving the car was rescued by divers, but later was pronounced dead at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
NEWS
July 29, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert E. Brumbaugh, 88, a decorated Navy veteran and former owner of Brumbaugh Pontiac in Lansdowne, died Monday, July 21, of complications from dementia at Frey Village in Middletown, Dauphin County. Mr. Brumbaugh was the owner of Brumbaugh Pontiac until 1979, when the dealership closed due in part to falling demand for big, gas-guzzling cars. He had begun working at Brumbaugh Pontiac in 1950, and took over as president and owner of the dealership when his father, E.E. Brumbaugh, retired.
SPORTS
July 11, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
THOSE ATTENDING Sunday's Pocono IndyCar 500 witnessed the fastest Indy-car race ever: The average speed was 202.402 mph. Now the question is, will that speed milestone be alluring enough to bring fans back next summer? More urgently, will the IndyCar series return to Pocono next year? We won't know until Pocono Raceway officials huddle and decide. Brandon Igdalsky, the raceway's president and CEO, normally is cooperative with the media. But on Monday, Igdalsky issued a statement, then said he won't be doing interviews this week.
SPORTS
July 8, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND, Pa. - Rarely have so many been so happy to see a caution flag waved at a race. Yesterday's Pocono IndyCar 500 went 159 laps, a record for a 500-mile open-wheel race, before a caution period occurred. Graham Rahal's spin brought out the yellow flag. Until then, there were few passes for the lead in the 200-lap race at Pocono Raceway and no drama that restarts create. When the race resumed, Juan Pablo Montoya damaged the front wing on his Chevrolet-powered car passing Penske teammate Will Power.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Monday morning marks the end of the July Fourth holiday weekend, one of the busiest travel periods of the summer, but Bernhard M. Koch, 59, president and chief executive of AAA Mid-Atlantic Inc. auto club, wasn't too worried about emergency calls from cars stranded on the highway. He and his wife were too busy traveling by ocean liner, hosting 40 automobile club members on a AAA Mid-Atlantic cruise to Barcelona, Istanbul and Venice. "Rolling into Venice on a cruise ship is one of God's gifts," Koch said.
SPORTS
July 7, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND, Pa. - Brandon Igdalsky is wondering just how committed IndyCar racing fans are. When Pocono Raceway announced IndyCar racing would return to the track last year for the first time since 1989 the track president and CEO said "excitement was through the roof. " Attendance for last year's race won by Scott Dixon was respectable, around 25,000. Expectations were fans who enjoyed the 220-mph open-wheel racing would return and likely bring more fans. Instead, Igdalsky said yesterday ticket sales for tomorrow's Pocono IndyCar 500 are "down quite a bit. " "Fans need to put their money where the mouth is," he said.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 20 years, Richard Schwarz rented cars at affordable rates on weekends at Philadelphia International Airport. By combining airline promotions, frequent-flier miles, and deals offered by the rental companies, the Center City resident said he could snag a weekend bargain starting at $15 or $16 a day. No longer. It just got $8 a day more expensive to rent a car at Philadelphia airport. The Pennsylvania legislature approved, and Gov. Corbett signed into law in November, a transportation funding bill that included an $8-a-day "customer facility charge" to pay for the design, construction, and eventual operation of a consolidated car-rental facility.
NEWS
June 28, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard Pagan was eager to get back to the fun - the games, the bounce house, the DJ playing music at the family event the day before Father's Day. Face painted to look like Spider-Man, the 5-year-old was tugging on his mother's hand, she said, to urge her to hurry up so he could get back after a bathroom stop in the Early Childhood Development Center in Camden. The car came out of nowhere that Saturday afternoon on Pine Street. "She hit him so hard that she ripped him. Ripped him off my hands," Richard's mother, Leslie Leon, said last week.
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