Three-wide starts will be implemented for the Fuzzy's Triple Crown races at Pocono Raceway on July 7 and Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 19.
“After having the opportunity to test at Pocono and a successful event at Auto Club Speedway last season, we were able to analyze track data and compare to our current start procedure for the Indianapolis 500,” IZOD IndyCar Series race director Beaux Barfield said. “Given the speeds of our starts, the location of accelerations zones, the spacing between rows and the length of the frontstraights at each track, we have decided to move forward with a three-wide lineup for the initial starts."
The 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway tri-oval has a 3,740-foot frontstraight that's 73 feet wide. Auto Club Speedway's 3,100-foot frontstraight is 53 feet wide. The frontstretch of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first leg of the Fuzzy's Triple Crown, is 3,330 feet and 50 feet wide.
Three-wide starts have been utilized annually for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race since 1921, and were implemented at Pocono Raceway and Ontario (Calif.) Speedway during the 1970s and ‘80s for the tracks’ Triple Crown legs.
The addition this year of the Fuzzy’s Triple Crown renews the tradition of the three superspeedway races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono and Ontario from 1971-1980 and from 1981-89 at Indianapolis, Pocono and Michigan International Speedway.
All restarts at both Pocono Raceway and the season-closing MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway will be single-file formation.