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Danny Sullivan’s Indy car record at Pocono has held up for nearly 25 years

Jul 2, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

Photo courtesy IndyCar.com. Photo courtesy IndyCar.com.

Records supposedly are made to be broken, but apparently not Danny Sullivan’s.

The 1985 Indianapolis 500 winner and 1988 CART series champion still holds the record for fastest average speed in a 500-mile race (170.720 mph) at Pocono Raceway.

Well, there’s a caveat to that — Sullivan set the mark in 1989, the last time the 2.5-mile tri-oval on the cusp of the Pocono mountains hosted an open-wheel Indy car race. He also won there in 1984 (both times on the CART circuit).

Now, after a nearly quarter-century, Indy car racing returns to the infamous “Tricky Triangle” on Sunday for the IZOD IndyCar Series’ Pocono IndyCar 400 Fueled by Sunoco.

“I think Pocono is an ideal track for IndyCars,” Sullivan said in a story on IndyCar.com. “With all of the upgrades, improvements in safety, you should see a great return from the IndyCar Series.”

Will a modern day driver like Will Power, Dario Franchitti, Marco Andretti, Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, current points leader Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay or James Hinchcliffe finally break Sullivan’s 24-year record?

Time will tell. And even if someone does break his mark, Sullivan will still have some great memories both of Pocono and his past time there.

“A great layout, and three distinctly different corners makes a good setup difficult,” Sullivan added. “Pocono used to be rough, but that added to the challenge. My races there were always close and competitive. Winning it twice was special.”

  1. manik56 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Unless IndyCar lengthens the race by 100 miles before Sunday, it would be impossible for Sullivan’s record to fall this weekend.

  2. wallio - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    I still don’t understand why they made it 400 miles, but hopefully they will rectify it next year.

    • indycarseries500 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      TV window, i think it’s worth giving up those 100 miles to be on network TV.

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