There are a million reasons why IZOD IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan is hoping for a victory at Pocono Raceway this weekend.
Kanaan, the winner of the Indianapolis 500, is the only driver eligible for a $1 million bonus offered by Fuzzy’s Vodka.
If Kanaan can win at Pocono and score a victory in the season-ending race at Auto Club Speedway in California he will pocket a cool million dollars. Winning two of the three races will bring the popular driver a $250,000 bonus.
“Obviously I’m the only one that has a chance to win the Triple Crown, so the pressure is on. But I’m excited,” Kanaan said. “Pocono will be the third of four races I will run in the Sunoco “Turbo” car, and after the success we have had in the first two -- finishing on the podium at both Texas and Iowa -- I really want to keep that momentum going at Pocono and hopefully do even better.”
The only time Kanaan has been on the Pocono track is during a test session in June and he will be back for an open test on Thursday.
“I have never raced at Pocono Raceway, but we know we had a good car at Indy and had a good test at Pocono a few days ago,” Kanaan said.
The Sunday race marks the end of a string of oval races for the IndyCar Series and Kanaan recorded podium finishes at both Texas and Iowa already this season.
A win on the Pocono oval will not come easy for Kanaan. Several drivers including the four-drivers for Andretti Autosport have shown the capability of running strong on the oval tracks. James Hinchcliffe won at Iowa with teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay finishing second and Marco Andretti running strong before a mechanical issue ended his day.It will be interesting to see how the IndyCar drivers handle the always difficult Pocono track with the tunnel turn and the extremely long front and back straights.
In other racing news: Anderson Speedway has a busy week planned for racing fans.
The week kicks off on Thursday at 8 p.m. with the outlaw figure-8 series, the front wheel drive figure-8 cars, SuperKarts and the popular Culver’s Trailer Races. Of course, a fireworks display will cap off the evening.
On Herald Bulletin night this Saturday, the McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models will be competing in a 75-lap feature with $1,500 going to the victor. The Street Stocks will be in action in another 75-lap feature with $1,000 going to the winner from Motion Motors. Also on the racing card are the Front Wheel Drive oval division, Legends and Thunder Roadsters. The racing program starts at 8 p.m.
Hannah Lundy, the two-time champion in the WMDH Thunder Car division is expected to make her first start of the year in a late model.
Congratulations to Indiana native Frank Kimmel for recording the 79th win
of his career with ARCA last weekend at Winchester Speedway. Kimmel’s win ties him with legendary driver Iggy Katona.
West Virginia driver Travis Baden won the ARCA/CRA Super Series 100-lap feature at Winchester Speedway on Saturday.