Today’s race at Pocono was fastest 500-miler in IndyCar history

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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.

Juan Pablo Montoya’s victory clocked in at an average speed of 202.402 miles per hour, slowed down by just one caution involving Graham Rahal at Lap 159.

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.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.