Vintage Indy Cars Set For Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. — An exhibition of vintage Indy cars will be part of the Pocono IndyCar 400 Fueled by Sunoco festivities July 5-7 at Pocono Raceway.
The vintage cars will lap the 2.5-mile triangle during two 15-minute sessions at 12:05 p.m. and 5:05 p.m. on Friday, July 5.
They will also do a few pace laps before the Firestone Indy Lights race at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 6 and before the IZOD IndyCar Series race at noon Sunday, July 7.
Fans can get a close look at the vintage cars in the paddock throughout the weekend in a large tent that will be erected near the cafeteria.
The exhibition is being organized by ex-American Racing Drivers Club midget driver Gary Mondschein. He lives in Brodheadsville, Pa., which is about 14 miles from the track. Mondschein, who owns several vintage race cars, is the president of the vintage division of the American TQ Midget Racing Ass’n.
“Pocono Raceway was built with Indy cars in mind, and we believe that the addition of the classic Indy cars to the events at the Pocono IndyCar 400 will serve to fascinate the experienced fan and educate the new one,” Mondschein said. “We invite everyone to come see these cars up close, relive their fondest racing memories here at Pocono and enjoy the friendships and camaraderie of a simpler time.”
The last Indy car race at Pocono was held 24 years ago, and open-wheel fans are excited to have Indy cars back at one of their marquee tracks.
Some of the vintage cars that will be on exhibition are even older than the “Tricky Triangle,” which broke ground in 1969 and staged its first Indy car race in 1971.
The vintage race cars are sure to get a great deal of attention at Pocono because Pennsylvanians are among the most knowledgeable and devout race fans in America. The Keystone State is tied with Indiana in second place for the state with the most race tracks at 60 each. Only Texas has more, with 68.
Fans old and new appreciate the vintage race cars’ sleek lines and the various sounds that will reverberate through the Pocono Mountains when their engines are fired up. They’ll also marvel at how far racing technology and safety have come in just a few decades.
Those old enough to have seen these cars compete in the past will take a trip down memory lane. Younger fans that appreciate history will get to not only see the cars up close but also in action, making it easy for them to close their eyes and imagine what racing used to be like.
At press time eight vintage cars were scheduled to be on display to contrast with their modern counterpart, the Dallara DW12. They include: