August 18, 1989 |
Angry charges. Doubts about the future. This isn't the latest George Steinbrenner-Dallas Green exchange. It is mid- August and the Indy-car drivers are, very reluctantly, back at Pocono International Raceway. To put it mildly, the drivers are not a happy group. Many of them believe the race track is unsafe at any speed. "We're running under protest," Mario Andretti, the drivers' representative on the Championship Auto Racing Teams board of directors, said after yesterday's first practice for Sunday's Quaker State 500. "I can assure you that this is the last time that we will accept running here without the turns being paved and the turns and the main straightaway at least having concrete walls.
August 7, 2012 |
LONG POND, Pa. — Even the best racers need luck now and then. With the frustrating Sprint Cup season Jeff Gordon has endured, he needed luck — as much as anyone. Lady Luck rained Gordon's way Sunday at Pocono Raceway. When race leader Jimmie Johnson took out Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin on a restart on lap 91, Gordon inherited the lead in the Pennsylvania 400. Then rain began to drench the mountain area for the second time. A few minutes later the scheduled 160-lap race was officially called with 98 laps completed and Gordon was a winner for the first time this season.
September 13, 1989 |
Unless there is a sudden shift in thinking, Indy cars will not be racing at Pocono International Raceway next summer. The Daily News has learned that the 1990 Championship Auto Racing Teams schedule that will be announced later this month does not include the traditional 500-mile Pocono race. Dr. Joseph Mattioli, the president of Pocono International Raceway, was traveling yesterday and not available for comment. Mattioli, a former Philadelphia dentist, and his family have promoted the Indy-car race since the 2.5-mile track opened in Long Pond, near Mount Pocono, in 1971.
April 26, 2012
LONG POND, Pa. - Pocono Raceway's repaved 2.5-mile track is making a good first impression with NASCAR's Sprint Cup drivers. On Wednesday, the second day of a Goodyear tire test at the raceway, drivers offered favorable reviews of the track. Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet, predicted that his track qualifying record of 172.533 mph, set in June 2004, will be broken. Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 1 Chevy, said, "The corner speeds are way, way quicker," The new asphalt is changing McMurray's mind about Pocono.
July 24, 2006 |
While his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate was winning the Pennsylvania 500, Tony Stewart was battling demons again. On lap 33 yesterday, Stewart objected to Clint Bowyer squeezing him against the outer wall exiting Turn 3. Stewart immediately angled his orange Chevrolet into Bowyer's Chevy, which spun and made contact with Carl Edwards' Ford. Stewart was penalized a lap for rough driving. During a caution period 34 laps later, Edwards was following Stewart onto pit road when Edwards intentionally bumped the two-time Nextel Cup champion's car and spun it. Edwards also received a one-lap penalty.
July 12, 2013 |
TWO PROMINENT racing people involved in the return of open-wheel racing to Pocono Raceway last Sunday give the event rave reviews. Brandon Igdalsky, the track president and CEO, rated the weekend "an overwhelming success. " "Professor" Mario Andretti penciled in an "A-plus" for the event. "The reaction from fans, the drivers and IndyCar was an overwhelming success," Igdalsky said Tuesday. "We were really happy with the crowd. " Next year, for the second race in Pocono's 3-year deal with IndyCar, Igdalsky said they may try to concentrate the crowd in the middle sections of the grandstand that seats a reported 60,000.
September 15, 1989 |
When the Daily News reported two days ago that the annual 500-mile Indy-car race, sanctioned by Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), would not return to Pocono International Raceway next summer, Dr. Joseph Mattioli, the track's president and chief executive officer, was traveling and unavailable for comment. Last night, he had plenty to say. Mattioli said Indy-car races weren't drawing enough fans at Pocono to make them profitable. And he believes Indy-car racing, with its two-to-one ratio of road courses over ovals, is heading in the wrong direction.
June 10, 2010
Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Mich. When: Sunday, 1 o'clock TV/radio: TNT/WNPV (1440-AM), WDSD (94.7-FM) Race course: 2-mile oval Race distance: 200 laps Last year's race winner: Mark Martin Last year's pole winner: Brian Vickers, 189.110 mph Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman, 194.232 mph (June 2005) Track facts: Mark Martin's five wins at Michigan are the most among full-time active drivers.
August 22, 1988 |
The Indy-car drivers are mad as hell, and they aren't going to take Pocono International Raceway's bone-jarring bumps anymore. The drivers made it clear before and after yesterday's Quaker State 500 that if improvements at the track are not made, they will only visit the Poconos on vacation. For years, Indy-car drivers have been grumbling about the 2.5-mile asphalt surface. Their complaints have reached the point where they are strongly recommending that CART not return to Pocono unless changes are made.
August 8, 2014 |
SOMETIMES WE tend to focus on what's wrong with NASCAR, so when a positive occasion occurs it deserves attention. Those who saw the end of last Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway will never forget it. It was one of the best finishes ever at Pocono. The way Dale Earnhardt Jr. held off Kevin Harvick in the closing laps was riveting. Rarely on television can the roaring crowd be heard over the noisy race cars, but Junior Nation was at full throttle. The way Earnhardt drove his No. 88 Chevrolet with Harvick stalking him in his No. 4 Chevy illustrated just how talented Junior is. One reason fans like Earnhardt is his enthusiasm for racing.