Pocono honored for $257.5M economic impact

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The 2013 season saw a third major race added to long-standing independent Pocono Raceway, with the IndyCar race in July joining the two NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends either side of it.

Overall, the 2013 season was a great one economically for the “Tricky Triangle” in Long Pond, Pa. The raceway was honored Monday for its impact on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. State Gov. Tom Corbett and state Senate and House leaders acknowledged the $257,500,000 economic stimulus resulting from the events held at the Raceway last year.

“I want to thank Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania Legislature for taking steps to ensure that not only Pocono Raceway, but Pennsylvania in general, is a great place to visit,” Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President/CEO said in a release. “They are making investments in infrastructure and providing for opportunities for our facility to flourish.”

Additionally, Gov. Corbett announced approval for Route 115 by the Raceway to be widened, in what the track has called a “long-term project.”

Pocono’s 2014 race weekends are June 6-8 and August 1-3 for NASCAR, with IndyCar back for a now-500 mile race July 5-6.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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