TERRE HAUTE — IZOD IndyCar Series action shifts to Pennsylvania this weekend.
The Pocono IndyCar 400 fueled by Sonoco is set for noon and will be the first open-wheel event to be run at Pocono Raceway since 1989.
It's the second event of the Triple Crown and Tony Kanaan can claim a $250,000 bonus and remain eligible for $1 million by winning after winning in Indianapolis. The third event is at Auto Club Speedway in California in October.
Al Unser is the only driver to win the Triple Crown which was contested at various tracks until it was stopped in the late 1980s. Unser thinks Kanaan has a chance to pull off the feat.
“Tony has shown he is capable of winning [but] 10 other guys will be chasing him. I'd be happy to have Tony join me as a Triple Crown winner,” says Unser.
“I have never raced at Pocono Raceway but we know we had a good car at Indy and had a good test at Pocono last week. Since I am the only one who has a chance to win the Triple Crown, the pressure is on,” says Kanaan.
Helio Castroneves has a nine-point lead over Ryan Hunter-Reay in the series point totals going into the race and is 55 points up on Marco Andretti, in third place.
He is competing for Team Penske which has had winners at Pocono seven times.
Hunter-Reay has finished on the podium in five of the last six races while Andretti Autosport teammate James Hinchcliffe has won three times including at Iowa last month.
Seven different driver have been the winners in the first 10 events in the series. Hinchcliffe, Takuma Sato and Simon Pagenaud all posted first career victories.
Pocono Raceway has been dubbed the Tricky Triangle. “I can see why they call it [that]. I really had no appreciation for what this place was like, even after watching it on television,” says Hinchcliffe.