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INDYCAR: ABC Supply 500 Fast Facts

by racedaysaeditor | Posted on Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Felix Rosenqvist. Photo by Chris Owens

 

ABC Supply 500 Fast Facts

Race weekend: Saturday, Aug. 17 – Sunday, Aug. 18

Track: Pocono Raceway, a 2.5-mile triangular oval in Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Race distance: 200 laps / 500 miles

Key Media Links: ABC Supply 500 Entry List  (PDF) | Trackside Media Guide: (PDF)

Firestone tire allotment: Twelve sets for use throughout the weekend

Twitter: @PoconoRaceway @IndyCar, #ABCSupply500, #IndyCar

Event website: http://www.poconoraceway.com/

INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

2018 race winner: Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda)

2018 NTT P1 Award winner: Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet), 1 minute, 22.0006 seconds, 219.511 mph (two laps)

One-lap qualifying record: Juan Pablo Montoya, 40.1929 seconds, 223.920 mph, July 5, 2014

Two-lap qualifying record: Juan Pablo Montoya, 1 minute, 20.4034 seconds, 223.871 mph, July 5, 2014

NBCSN television broadcasts: Qualifying, 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Aug. 17 (same-day delay); Race, 2 p.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 18 (live); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for the NBCSN broadcasts this weekend alongside analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Pit reporters are Kevin Lee, Dillon Welch and Robin Miller.

Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Kyle Kaiser. Jake Query and Nick Yeoman are the turn announcers with Dave Furst, Ryan Myrehn and Michael Young reporting from the pits. All NTT IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 98, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA. Live coverage of NTT IndyCar Series qualifying is available on Sirius 218, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app.

NBC Sports Gold livestreaming: All NTT IndyCar Series practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer livestreaming product.

At-track schedule (all times local):

Saturday, Aug. 17

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – NTT IndyCar Series practice #1, NBC Sports Gold (live)

12:30 p.m. – Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (single car/cumulative time of two laps), NBC Sports Gold (live); NBCSN (2:30 p.m. ET)

4 – 5 p.m. – NTT IndyCar Series final practice, NBC Sports Gold (live)

Sunday, Aug. 19

2:03 p.m. – Driver introductions

2:39 p.m. – Command to start engines

2:45 p.m. – ABC Supply 500 (200 laps/500 miles), NBCSN (live)

Championship facts:

  • Josef Newgarden leads the NTT IndyCar Series championship with four races to go for the second time in his career. He also led the championship with four to go when he won the title in 2017. Newgarden has led the championship after every round this season with the exception of the Indianapolis 500.
  • Josef Newgarden leads Alexander Rossi by 16 points with Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud (-43) in third and defending series champion Scott Dixon (-62) in fourth.
  • There are 10 drivers still mathematically eligible for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series championship, assuming all drivers compete in the last four races: Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi, Simon Pagenaud, Scott Dixon, Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Takuma Sato, Graham Rahal, Felix Rosenqvist and James Hinchcliffe. Any driver who trails the points leader by 213 points or more following the race will be eliminated from contention.
  • Since the first Indy car race at Pocono in 1971, the winning driver has won the Indy car championship six times: Joe Leonard (1972), A.J. Foyt (1975 and 1979), Tom Sneva (1977), Rick Mears (1982) and Scott Dixon (2013).

Key championship point statistic: Since 2008, the driver that has led the championship with four races to go has won the championship six times. Scott Dixon (2008 and 2018), Dario Franchitti (2011), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2012), Simon Pagenaud (2016) and Josef Newgarden (2017) all won titles after holding the lead with four to go.

Point differential: The 16 points which separate Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi is the fourth-closest margin since 2008. The average deficit with four races to go since 2008 is 35.8 points.

Championship-eligible drivers results at Pocono: Alexander Rossi (2018), Will Power (2016 and 2017), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2015) and Scott Dixon (2013) have won at Pocono … Josef Newgarden and Power have finished in the top five in five of their six starts at Pocono … Rossi has finished on the podium in two of his three starts at Pocono … Power and Rossi have led laps in every race they have started at Pocono … Dixon, Newgarden and Power have finished in the top 10 in all six of their starts.

Race notes:

  • There have been six different winners in 13 NTT IndyCar Series races in 2019: Josef Newgarden (Streets of St. Petersburg, Raceway at Belle Isle Park-1, Texas Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway), Colton Herta (Circuit of The Americas), Takuma Sato (Barber Motorsports Park), Alexander Rossi (Streets of Long Beach and Road America), Simon Pagenaud (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval and Streets of Toronto) and Scott Dixon (Raceway at Belle Isle Park-2 and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course). The record for most different winners in a season is 11 in 2000, 2001 and 2014.
  • There have been seven different NTT P1 Award winners in 2019. Will Power (Streets of St. Petersburg, Circuit of The Americas and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course), Takuma Sato (Barber Motorsports Park and Texas Motor Speedway), Alexander Rossi (Streets of Long Beach, Raceway at Belle Isle Park-1), Felix Rosenqvist (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course) Simon Pagenaud (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval, Streets of Toronto and Iowa Speedway), Josef Newgarden (Raceway at Belle Isle Park-2) and Colton Herta (Road America) have won poles in 2019. The record for most pole winners in a season is 12 set in the 1999 CART season.
  • The ABC Supply 500 will be the 26th Indy car race at Pocono Raceway. Alexander Rossi won the race in 2018. Mark Donohue won the first Indy car race at Pocono in 1971.
  • The ABC Supply 500 will be the fourth race on an oval in 2019. The first three oval races were won by Team Penske drivers. Simon Pagenaud won the Indianapolis 500 and Josef Newgarden won at Texas Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway.
  • A.J. Foyt, who fields the cars of Matheus Leist and Tony Kanaan, is the winningest driver at Pocono Raceway with four victories (1973, 1975, 1979 and 1981). Rick Mears won at Pocono three times, while Al Unser and Will Power have won at Pocono twice. Past winners Scott Dixon (2013), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2015), Power (2016 and 2017) and Alexander Rossi (2018) are entered this year.
  • Five drivers have won the Pocono race from the pole – Mark Donohue (1971), A.J. Foyt (1979 and 1981), Bobby Unser (1980), Rick Mears (1982 and 1985) and Juan Pablo Montoya (2014).
  • Team Penske has won 10 times at Pocono. Penske’s winning drivers are Mark Donohue (1971), Tom Sneva (1977), Bobby Unser (1980), Rick Mears (1982, 1985 and 1987), Danny Sullivan (1989), Juan Pablo Montoya (2014) and Will Power (2016 and 2017).
  • Andretti Autosport, owned by Michael Andretti of nearby Nazareth, Pennsylvania, has two wins at Pocono. The team won at Pocono in 2015 with Ryan Hunter-Reay and in 2018 with Alexander Rossi. Chip Ganassi Racing, owned by Pittsburgh’s Chip Ganassi, has one win at Pocono when it swept the podium in 2013 with Scott Dixon, Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti.
  • Eighteen drivers entered in the event have competed in past Indy car races at Pocono. Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato each have six starts, most among the entered drivers. Fourteen entered drivers have led laps at the track (Alexander Rossi 228, Power 191, Kanaan 147, Andretti 97, Dixon 95, Newgarden 73, Hunter-Reay 72, Pagenaud 31, Rahal 9, Kimball 5, Sebastien Bourdais 4, James Hinchcliffe 3, Sato 3 and Ed Carpenter 1). Power has led in each of his six previous starts.
  • Four rookies – Marcus Ericsson, Santino Ferrucci, Colton Herta and Felix Rosenqvist – are expected to compete. None of the rookies has made an Indy car start at Pocono Raceway.
  • Tony Kanaan seeks to start his 314th consecutive race this weekend, which would extend his Indy car record streak that began on June 2001 at Portland. Kanaan is second all-time in career starts after making his 370th start at Road America on June 23. Mario Andretti holds the record with 407.
  • Scott Dixon has made 254 consecutive starts heading into the weekend, which is the second-longest streak in Indy car racing. Marco Andretti has made 230 consecutive starts, which is the third-longest streak in Indy car racing.
  • Scott Dixon, the longest-tenured driver for Chip Ganassi Racing, is third on the all-time Indy car victory list with 46 wins. Sebastien Bourdais is sixth on the all-time list with 37 wins and Will Power is tied with Bobby Unser for seventh on the all-time list with 35 wins.
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