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Photos, Facts and History of Pocono Raceway

Satellite photo of Pocono Raceway found on Google Earth.
Picture taken from above Pocono Raceway



Located: Pocono, Pennsylvania
Opened: October 20, 1968
Track Length: 2.5 miles paved tri-oval
Banking: 14 degrees in turn 1; 8 degrees in turn 2; 6 degrees in turn 3
Elevation: 558 - 573 meters


Pocono Raceway (formerly known as Pocono International Raceway), is sometimes called "The Tricky Triangle". It is located in the Pocono Mountains near Long Pond, Pennsylvania. It was first opened as a 3/4 mile track on October 20, 1968 and since then has nearly closed due to bankruptcy a few times. Somehow, Pocono Raceway managed to survive and has since become the 2.5 mile paved tri-oval that it is known as today.

The main 2.5 mile track has three corners, which gives it a tri-oval shape. There are three infield track configurations however, each of which use a different corner of the racetrack to complete a smaller infield track. These tracks are known as the North Course, East Course and South Course. These sections can be combined to create more variation within the course for certain race weekends, while on other race weekends the three tracks are used separately.

One interesting fact about Pocono Raceway is that each of its turns were built to model a turn at three other racetracks. Turn One was modeled after Trenton Speedway (which has since closed), Indianapolis Motor Speedway was used as a model for Turn Two's design, and the final Turn Three shares similarities to The Milwaukee Mile.


Area around Pocono Raceway
Some of the area surrounding Pocono Raceway.

Start/finish line and pit area at Pocono Raceway
A view of the start/finish line and the pit area of the tri-oval.

North Course at Pocono Raceway
One of Pocono Raceway's infield tracks - the "North Course".

East Course at Pocono Raceway
The second of the infield tracks - the "East Course".

Pocono Raceway's South Course
Another one of Pocono's infield tracks - the "South Course".