Stormy Weather Stops The ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway

Will Power crosses the Finish line during practice, and eventually recieves the win after Bad Weather ended a great day of racing at Pocono International raceway for the ABC Supply 500. Dean Patton Photo.

Long Pond, PA - RIS - Well, where do I start? Okay,…. it was a beautiful day, and if you have heard “Don’t Like The Weather, Wait Ten Minutes, It will Change!” I believe this was written to cover Pocono Raceway, as it took all of ten minutes to change from hot and beautiful to Lightning, and rain drenching…..

After 128 Laps at Pocono for the ABC Supply 500 the weather played the biggest factor in the race events. Never mind the first lap ; well half lap, pile up as the NTT IndyCars were about to enter the tunnel turn. Just about the same place as last year’s butchery in the opening laps of the race. Only this year it appears that Takuma Sato, wheeling the #30 came across in from of two others and created an 45 minute Red Flag event. Five rides were taken off the grid for that one.

IndyCar has not indicated if they will return for next season, and this would be a great mistake as it truly is a fan favorite on the schedule. The fans turned out, the weather turned out, sort of, and it is a great weekend affair for the fans and racers alike.

Okay, back to the event….. after 128 laps the rain and lightning caused a stoppage of the race and thereby Will Power’s #12 Verizon Chevrolet was named the winner. Just a short five laps prior to the weather stoppage he made a great pass on the second place finisher Scott Dixon in his #9 PNC Bank Honda. Finishing third was Simon Pagenaud the chauffeur of the Penske Chevrolet. The race results have not been officially posted so check back for more on the entire field.

See you at the track.

Dean Patton

I have been a Photojournalist for RIS-news for the past ten years more or less. I was a shooter for a Minority Publication here in Reading, PA. Unfortunately the publisher passed away ending the publication. Mike took me onboard the following February while covering Daytona freelance. I also shoot Football, Professional Boxing, and Pennsylvania Dirt Track Racing. Hailing from Reading, Pennsylvania what else would I do. In my real life I am also a sitting Magisterial District Judge... sports coverage is my escape!

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 6:58 PM, 08.18.2019