IndyCar Pocono 400

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    I’m seriously looking forward to IndyCar’s return to the Pocono tri-oval this weekend. Of course we’ll be following all the action on F1 Fanatic Live as usual.

    It’s the first time since 1989 IndyCar has raced at the unusual superspeedway. And there’s the added introgue of whether Tony Kanaan can replicate his Indianapolis win and head to Fontana later this year with a chance of scooping the one million dollar prize for claiming the Triple Crown.

    Here’s a little preview:


    Here’s a flashback to 1989:


    And here’s how today’s cars look on the track:


    @keithcollantine – Ah.You beat me this time. I was just about to start this topic today. Thanks anyways. And yes,this track is one of my favorites.They call it “The Tricky Triangle”. And I can see why. All the 3 corners are different in every single way. Their banking is different,their entry and exit speed is different. Even the 3 stretches are different lengthwise. Cars are gonna be all over the place with every one trying different set-ups. The race is going to be very exciting!. I just can’t wait.


    They’re going to do a three-wide start:

    IndyCar announced today that it will implement three-wide starts for the IZOD IndyCar Series races at Pocono Raceway and Auto Club Speedway, reinstating a “Triple Crown” tradition.

    “After having the opportunity to test at Pocono and a successful event at Auto Club Speedway last season, we were able to analyze track data and compare to our current start procedure for the Indianapolis 500,” said Beaux Barfield, race director, IndyCar. “Given the speeds of our starts, the location of accelerations zones, the spacing between rows and the length of the frontstraights at each track, we have decided to move forward with a three-wide lineup for the initial starts.”

    Three-wide starts have been utilized annually for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race since 1921, and were implemented at Pocono Raceway and Ontario (Calif.) Speedway during the 1970s and ’80s for the tracks’ Triple Crown legs.

    The addition this year of the Fuzzy’s Triple Crown renews the tradition of the three superspeedway races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono and Ontario from 1971-1980 and from 1981-89 at Indianapolis, Pocono and Michigan International Speedway.

    The Pocono IndyCar 400 Fueled by Sunoco on Sunday, July 7, is the middle leg of the Fuzzy’s Triple Crown. Cumulative two-lap qualifications on the 2.5-mile tri-oval are scheduled for 1:15 p.m. (ET) Saturday, July 6.

    All restarts at both Pocono Raceway and the season-closing MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 19, will be single-file formation.


    It’s an all-Andretti front row on the three-wide starting grid. Marco Andretti leads team mates Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe.

    Three more Chevrolet-powered cars on the next row: Will Power, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves.

    Scott Dixon is the highest Honda runner in seventh ahead of Takuma Sato. Sebastien Bourdais is 12th and Dario Franchitti only 18th.

    Here’s video of the cars in action during practice:


    Full grid:

    1. (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 221.273
    2. (1) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 220.892
    3. (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 220.431
    4. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 220.286
    5. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 219.625
    6. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 219.581
    7. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 219.500
    8. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 219.124
    9. (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 218.859
    10. (78) Simona De Silvestro, Dallara-Chevy, 218.590
    11. (55) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, 218.575
    12. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 218.517
    13. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 218.345
    14. (16) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 218.240
    15. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 218.100
    16. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 217.832
    17. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 217.457
    18. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 217.047
    19. (18) Pippa Mann, Dallara-Honda, 216.980
    20. (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 216.872
    21. (6) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 215.570
    22. (5) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, no speed
    23. (4) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, no speed
    24. (98) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, no speed


    Viso and Tagliani crashed, but what happened to Briscoe? Andretti dominating again

    Oli Peacock


    Briscoe was doing ALMS on Saturday so couldn’t quali


    @olliekart Thanks.
    He is a busy busy man. Why didn’t they put Servia? OK, I’m asking a lot, but I’d like to know. :P

    Oli Peacock


    I don’t know, I assume a lack of funds seeing how his 1-man team collapsed

    Carrick Stonehouse

    @signman1998 Panther signed Briscoe/Servia to run alternate races. Servia probably made other plans or something


    A bit of an upset as Ganassi finish one-two-three in a race that started with Andretti one-two-three.

    Hinchclife only made it as far as turn one before crashing while Hunter-Reay was taken out by Sato in the pits. Here’s the result:

    1. (17) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 160, Running
    2. (12) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 160, Running
    3. (20) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 160, Running
    4. (4) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 160, Running
    5. (15) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 160, Running
    6. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 160, Running
    7. (22) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 160, Running
    8. (6) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 160, Running
    9. (14) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 160, Running
    10. (1) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 160, Running
    11. (9) Simona De Silvestro, Dallara-Chevy, 160, Running
    12. (13) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 160, Running
    13. (5) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 160, Running
    14. (19) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 159, Running
    15. (21) Pippa Mann, Dallara-Honda, 159, Running
    16. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 159, Running
    17. (24) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 158, Running
    18. (16) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 158, Running
    19. (10) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, 158, Running
    20. (2) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 121, Handling
    21. (23) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, 104, Handling
    22. (7) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 61, Contact
    23. (18) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 2, Mechanical
    24. (3) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 0, Contact

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