What is Team Pocono?
It’s a group of volunteer spectator marshals that work major events at Pocono Raceway. From my understanding they do both of the NASCAR appearances on the Tricky Triangle including Sprint Cup and NASCAR Truck series as well as IndyCar series which is what I joined them to do for the first time and absolutely enjoyed my experience.
The event was meant to last the weekend but due to rain it had spilled over into Monday which is the first time I’ve ever had that kind of thing happen to me at a Motorsport event I was volunteering. Good thing I live only 98 miles away because as soon as it started pouring with rain on Sunday I headed home and spent the night in my own bed instead of swimming around in a tent on the infield.
Monday the weather cleared up perfectly and I was pretty surprised with the crowd that showed up. Although despite the good number of people, the event felt more like a club race rather than a major US Motorsport event, especially when compared to other IndyCar event’s I’ve done this year including St. Pete, Long Beach, Barber and Detroit Belle Isle.
This time I was right in the mix of things, although other than telling people what to do I didn’t really have any hands on safety function. I did get to holler at a firefighter to get over a very smoky generator, but the Holmatro IndyCar crew responded to it quicker. I got to sweep the pit lane getting spectators off the grid just before the start of the race, and for the end I was manning one of the gates letting the correct people into victory circle. It was fun most of the time. I was impressed with home much some spectators would try to trick you or try to pull a fast one on you. I even got snubbed by Mr. Roger Penske himself. Go figure.
But I enjoyed myself, and since we weren’t allowed to take any pictures of the IndyCars I took a few shots of me in my Miata which was parked in the infield.
The camping was right along the inner track.
for the drive home I put the top down, and it was perfect weather for it… I think this was the first two hour trip I took in the convertible topless and I loved it!
I have yet to do NASCAR truck series, so maybe I’ll be invited back…