Pocono Raceway signs two-year IndyCar extension

Pocono Raceway - Credit: Bret Kelley / IndyCar

Pocono Raceway will remain on the Verizon IndyCar Series calendar until at least 2018 after a contract extension was announced on Wednesday.

‘The Tricky Triangle’, which hosts the next round of the thrilling 2016 season on 21 August, will remain as part of the schedule, much to the delight of track president and CEO Brandon Igdalsky.

“We are thrilled to share this great news that we will host the Verizon IndyCar Series through 2018,” said Igdalsky on IndyCar.com. “Our track was originally designed for open-wheel cars and our fans really enjoy the action on the track. When you see these cars going six and seven wide, it is incredible.

“We also received positive feedback from teams and drivers and worked together with INDYCAR to make sure Pocono Raceway stays on the schedule.”

Jay Frye, the IndyCar president of competition and operations, has also welcomed the decision to continue to visit Pocono for a further two seasons, with the 2.5-mile three-cornered oval set for its fourth race since its return to the championship in 2013.

“We’re thrilled to announce today’s two-year extension with Pocono Raceway, an iconic oval track with a long history of hosting great open-wheel racing events,” said Frye.

“It’s very clear that Pocono is one of the favourites amongst the drivers, teams and fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series and we look forward to competing there for the foreseeable future.

“We’d also like to thank Brandon Igdalsky and his entire team for all their efforts to make this event a success and we look forward to our race there on Aug. 21.”