Pocono Raceway president thanks fans for dedication through the rain

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A class move here from Pocono Raceway president Brandon Igdalsky, who released a letter to all fans and ticket buyers for their dedication to coming to the track despite three rainouts in as many major events.

Both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races were delayed until Monday and the second one produced a fog-shortened finish, with Chris Buescher scoring a surprise first career victory for Front Row Motorsports.

Then the Verizon IndyCar Series came this weekend and completed the rare “dripple” as it was coined by USA Today Sports’ Brant James, as heavy rains swept through right about an hour before the scheduled green flag time on Sunday. IndyCar got all 500 miles in on Monday.

Igdalsky, who along with his staff kept his spirits high all weekend and even poked fun at himself by changing his name on Twitter to “The Rain King,” released this letter to fans on Monday:

Pocono Raceway Fans,

Thank you, thank you, thank you. As you know, we like things in threes here at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ but three postponements isn’t what we had in mind.

We know this has been a challenging race season and I just wanted to thank you all for your support. Mother Nature wasn’t kind to us this year and despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to run any races on Sunday. We are very grateful for all who came back to see tremendous action on Mondays.

We made some changes this year to Pocono Raceway. Some were obvious, the Pocono Raceway Bark Park, additional SAFER Barrier, more catchfence, improvements in parking and traffic and some not that were made behind the scenes. We hope these made your race experience better.

Thank you also to those who have reached out and offered suggestions. We altered some of our communication plans so fans in the stands were better informed and added additional signage in our RV and Camping areas.

We are always looking to improve and do more for our fans. Our planning for 2017 begins today.

We already know our NASCAR weekends for next year (June 9-11 and July 28-30) and will learn our Verizon IndyCar Series date soon. Keep an eye our website and social media channels for more details.

Thank you again for all of your support. We hope to see you again very soon.

IndyCar is back for two more years at Pocono through 2018 with dates yet to be announced; NASCAR maintains its two-event per year run at “The Tricky Triangle,” as well.

Ganassi announces multiyear sponsorship extension with American Legion for No. 10

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Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).

It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).

Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.

The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.

“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”

“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”