The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Pocono Raceway this Sunday for the 2016 ABC Supply 500. Here are the facts you need to know before this weekend’s race.
The 2016 ABC Supply 500 is the 13th of 16 races on the IndyCar schedule, taking place on the unique two and a half mile triangular oval known as “The Tricky Triangle” at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
This will be the 23rd Indy car race on this track, but not the last: IndyCar signed a two-year extension with Pocono earlier this week guaranteeing that the event will continue in 2017 and 2018.
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay enters as the defending ABC Supply 500 winner; if he’s able to repeat, it would be his first victory of the season. Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves won the pole position in 2015.
But don’t count out Castroneves’ teammate Juan Pablo Montoya: he owns both the one- and two-lap qualifying records for Pocono, at 0:40.1929 seconds and 1:20.403 respectively.
Montoya also owns Penske’s last win in the ABC Supply 500 (2014). In all, Team Penske has won eight times at Pocono, making them the most successful team at the track in IndyCar history.
The winningest driver is now a team owner – A.J. Foyt, who racked up four victories in 1973, 1975, 1979 and 1981.
Only three of the drivers in Sunday’s field have won at Pocono before: Hunter-Reay, Montoya and Scott Dixon. Dixon is looking for his second victory in 2016, his first having come in Round 2 at Phoenix.
But depending on who takes the top step of the podium this weekend fans may see some movement in the record books. Should Dixon win again, he will notch his 40th IndyCar victory and move into sole position of fourth on the all-time Indy car wins list.
If Sebastien Bourdais wins the 2016 ABC Supply 500 for KVSH Racing he will assume sole position of sixth place on the all-time list. Bourdais is currently tied with Bobby Unser at 35 race victories.
Meanwhile, Tony Kanaan will be starting his 262nd consecutive race while Dixon will be starting his 203rd consecutive event. Kanaan has not missed a competition in more than 15 years; his streak began June 2001 at Portland and hopefully will continue for a long time to come.
Kanaan could also capture just the second win at Pocono for Chip Ganassi Racing – a bit of a shocker considering the team’s overall success.
Who will find Victory Lane and who’ll get tripped up by The Tricky Triangle? You’ll have to watch this weekend and find out.
The 2016 ABC Supply 500 takes place Sunday, Aug. 21 at Pocono Raceway.