There’s fast. There’s freaky fast. And then, there’s historically fast.
Today’s Pocono IndyCar 500 has gone into the record books as the fastest 500-mile race ever in Indy-car racing history.
Additionally, today’s race is the third in Indy-car history to have an average speed of more than 200 mph.
The previous 500-mile race mark was set at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California back in 2002, when Jimmy Vasser – now a team co-owner in the current Verizon IndyCar Series – won a CART race at an average speed of 197.995 mph.
It bears noting that current NASCAR competitor Sam Hornish Jr. won a Verizon IndyCar Series (then known as the Indy Racing League) race at ACS in 2003 with an average speed of 207.151 mph.
However, that particular event was only 400 miles long.
Finally, here’s one more cool statistic: The first 158 laps running under green-flag conditions set a Verizon IndyCar Series record for a 500-mile race.
The old record had been established this past May at the 98th Indianapolis 500, which had its first 149 laps run clean before Charlie Kimball crashed.
And while some fans may have preferred a few more yellows today and more breaks in the action, the fact that today’s race ran for so long without one is a pretty good indicator of how talented the Verizon IndyCar Series driver grid is.