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Pocono confirms IndyCar return, adding to number of set dates

Sep 30, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

Marco Andretti AP

Pocono Raceway confirmed the IndyCar Series will return in 2014 for an encore, after its return to the track for the first time in 24 years this past July.

The 2.5-mile oval, better known as “the Tricky Triangle,” announced IndyCar will again sandwich its pair of NASCAR Sprint Cup dates. The IndyCar and Indy Lights weekend will be on July 5-6, with Cup weekends June 6-8 and August 1-3.

Although IndyCar is yet to release its full 2014 schedule – reports on Sao Paulo’s status seem to be the holdup – there have been several pieces already released by tracks or other series.

The confirmed dates for IndyCar’s 2014 schedule are below:

March 28-30    St. Petersburg, Fla.
April 11-13    Long Beach, Calif.
May 25         Indianapolis, IN (Indianapolis 500)
May 30-June 1  Detroit, Mich.
June 5-7       Fort Worth, Texas
July 5-6       Pocono, PA
July 18-20     Toronto, Ontario
Aug. 1-3       Lexington, Ohio

Races without set dates but announced for that month include a return to Barber Motorsports Park in April, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course race in May.

Races yet to be confirmed for 2014 that occurred or will occur in 2013 are: Brazil, Milwaukee, Iowa, Sonoma, Houston and Fontana. All bar Brazil are expected to be retained for 2014 on a similar, but condensed in terms of number of weeks, schedule.

  1. Jeff - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I hope to make to Texas and Pocono next year, especially since 2014 might be the last year in Fort Worth.

  2. wallio - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Not trying to be a wiseass, but how is this news? Pocono has a three year contract, (as does the Fuzzy’s Triple Crown sponsorship IIRC) and Brandon said after the race he was pleased with the turnout. As one of the many who were there, so was I. Bring on next year!

    • Tony DiZinno - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      The track announced its dates and considering the tenuous spot of a handful of IndyCar races on the calendar carrying over from 2013 to 2014 (no Baltimore, Brazil TBD), always good to get a confirmation from the source directly.

      • drylake - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        With Brazil having problems, could Laguna Seca with USCC on May 3rd and 4th be a potential dark horse addition?

      • indycarseries500 - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        drylake, That May date would be perfect but with Laguna losing MotoGP and their second Sports Car weekend I don’t see a possible IndyCar date sharing with USCC. Is there any dates available that wouldn’t budge into Sonoma’s late August territory?

  3. wallio - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    With the new cars Laguna would be stupid fast and stupid fun. Mr. Zanardi is on line 1…..

    • snoopyo - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Ah wallio “The Pass” brings back great memories of Zanardi I am sure Bryan Herta remembers that race real well. I would love to see Laguna return. I am so glad Pocono is back again such a great race track and the fact that INDYCAR is wanted there is even better and it should be a 500 miler. I hope Sao Paulo can stay its a great street circuit one I look forward to and it was the best finish we have had all year with the last lap last turn pass by Hinch.

  4. worknman24hours - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Pocono is a great track for Indycars because the darn track is so long and easy to drive on, it requires a cars going 225 miles per hour to make it interesting to watch.

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