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Pocono CEO Brandon Igdalsky takes new post with NASCAR

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Brandon Igdalsky, CEO of Pocono Raceway, has stepped away from his post as head of the 2.5-mile triangular oval to move into a new role as Managing Director of Event Marketing and Promotion with NASCAR.

Igdalsky will report to Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell and lead efforts with track partners on event-related initiatives. Further, he will lead the NASCAR-Track Council and be based out of NASCAR’s Daytona Beach, Florida offices.

While he is eager to pursue a new opportunity, Igdalsky expressed gratitude toward the staff at Pocono Raceway and acknowledged their impact on him, both personally and professionally. “Pocono Raceway is in my blood and so are the Pocono Mountains,” said Brandon. “I may not have grown up here in NEPA, but I have grown to love the people and the area. The staff of Pocono is the best in the business and I wish them all the best, but the time and opportunity has come for me to move on. “(My grandfather Dr. Joseph Mattioli) gave me the chance to learn, grow, lead and become the person and leader that I am today. If not for those hard lessons he showed me, I would not be where I am today and I am eternally grateful to him and my family for the chance to do what I do.”

Brandon’s brother, Nick Igdalsky, previously the track’s COO and Senior Vice President, assumes the role of CEO while Ben May, Pocono’s Chief Marketing Officer since 2014, takes on the role of President.

“I am very grateful and excited,” Nick said of the opportunity. “I have observed every aspect of the operation here at Pocono Raceway, starting as a 13 year old, and look forward to working with our incredible team. Our goals remain the same: to create exciting and lifelong experiences at a beautiful and sustainable facility and that will remain our focus.”

The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Pocono Raceway for the ABC Supply 500 on August 19-20

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Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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