Pocono Raceway (iRacing)
The resulting speedway poses special demands on drivers and engineer alike, for a chassis that works well on the steeply-banked Turn One will be less than ideal for the flatter Turn Two, let alone Turn Three, and the downforce necessary for maximum grip in any of the turns will slow a car on the two long straightaways. And Turn Three requires heavy braking – in some cases even a gearchange – making Pocono Raceway among the world’s most challenging speedways.
Pocono Raceway first opened for business in 1969 featuring a three quarter mile oval. The 2.5 mile speedway was completed in 1971 and immediately began hosting one of the jewels in Indy car racing triple crown of 500 mile races. Local hero Mario Andretti battled the likes of A.J. Foyt, Al and Bobby Unser, Johnny Rutherford and Gordon Johncock in USAC-sanctioned Indy car races. NASCAR was also at Pocono from the early days, as witnessed by the fact that Richard Petty won NASCAR’s inaugural Pocono 500 in 1974. Pocono also staged a number of top flight sports car races on its combination road course/oval layouts in the 1970s and ’80s, as well as various short track events on the orginal three-quarter mile oval encircling the main pit area.Of late, however, Pocono Raceway has become synonymous with NASCAR racing in the mid-Atlantic region. Located equa-distantly from New York City and Philadelphia – and with the rabid race fans of central Pennsylvania nearby – the track attracts overflow crowds for its NASCAR weekends. Since Petty’s win in 1974, the greatest names in stock car racing have visited Victory Lane at Pocono… not to mention Denny Hamlin who attributed much of his early success at Pocono to his sim-racing experience!
eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series
|Season||Pole position||Race Winner||Broadcast|
|2011||Richard Towler||Steve Sheehan|
|2012||Steve Sheehan||Jon Adams|
|2013||Carson McClelland||Ray Alfalla||Drill Aisle|
|2014||Michael Conti||Michael Conti||JScho Motorsports|
|2015||Kenny Humpe||Allen Boes||Fastlane Motorsports|
|2017||Cody Byus||Cody Byus||The TEAM|
|2018||Christian Challiner||Keegan Leahy||Phenom Racing Team|
|2019||Keegan Leahy||Jimmy Mullis||Richmond Raceway Esports|