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.

Formula One: Recapping the past week’s news

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While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is still two months away from beginning its 2018 season, this past week did bring about news items that filled out the 2018 grid and shed some light on individual team and car launches as the season-opening Australian Grand Prix draws closer.

Below is a recap of F1 news from this past week:

Williams Signs Sirotkin for 2018 Drive, Names Kubica as Reserve Driver

The saga of the second seat at Williams Martini Racing was finally resolved early on in the week, with former Renault Sport F1 Team test driver Sergey Sirotkin officially confirmed as a teammate to the incumbent Lance Stroll in 2018.

The announcement concluded months of speculation that saw multiple drivers test for the team in an auditioning capacity. Most notably, Robert Kubica looked to be a main contender for the seat before Sirotkin emerged as the favorite.

However, Kubica, who has not raced in Formula 1 since a devastating rally accident in 2011 left him with brutal injuries to his right arm, was named as a reserve and development driver for the team.

This announcement also completes the 2018 Formula 1 driver lineup, with all 11 teams having their seats now filled. Among those who were left without F1 drives are Paul Di Resta, who drove for Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix in relief of Felipe Massa and even tested with them during the Winter months, and Antonio Giovinazzi, who filled in for Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Former Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is also without a race seat for 2018, but did sign on with Scuderia Ferrari as a development driver.

Mercedes, McLaren Reveal Dates for Their 2018 Car Launches

While most teams have not yet released dates for when their 2018 cars will be publicly launched, three notables have.

Mercedes AMG Petronas will introduce its 2018 challenger on February 22nd, the same day Ferrari is doing so, while McLaren will unveil its car one day later on the 23rd.

Testing will commence on February 26th at Circuit de Catalunya.

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