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Video: IndyCar legends share memories of Pocono

Submitted by on October 16, 2012

The return of Pocono to the Indycar calendar for 2013 after 23 years will be fascinating.

By Andy Hallbery

Pocono is a triangular oval with ‘road course’ corners. Just ask the Indycar legends on the challenges it gives. Rick Mears, Johnny Rutherford, Arie Luyendyk and AJ Foyt share their memories of the track.

Pocono is called the Tricky Triangle by some, the Bermuda Triangle by others, the three-cornered Pocono Raceway is unique. Situated in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania , the 2.5 mile track features three very different turns connected by straights of varying length. Turn One is banked at 14 degrees. Turn Two (aka the “Tunnel Turn”) is banked at eight degrees and Turn Three at six degrees. Pocono’s main straight is the longest on any North American speedway at 3,740 feet, the “Long Pond”.

 

And if that wasn’t enough excitement, there is also talk that the American-based Izod Indycar series could be racing at Mugello, Italy in 2013. Now, that, also, is a real track with a lot of history. Mears, Rutherford, Luyendyk and Foyt would have loved racing there. Four-time Indycar champion Dario Franchitti does. He won there for Mercedes in the DTM in 1995, aged 22.

 

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