The raceway recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation project which should enhance the total racing experience for fans. A new parking lot entrance and additional parking spaces will hopefully ease some of the congestion getting in and out of the parking lot on race days.
Staying overnight for the race? Check out our Pocono Vacation Homes with rentals that are cozy enough for 2 people or large enough for a group of 30.
If you prefer to stay at a hotel, search here for great rates at Pocono 500 Hotels. Be sure to book early - hotels fill up early on race weekends!
The Pocono 500 and Pennsylvania 500 are known to be challenging and exciting races due to the unique, tri-oval track at the Pocono Raceway. Commonly referred to as the "Tricky Triangle", all three corners of the track are different from each other and each one is modeled after a different racetrack. The corners are connected via two long straight aways and one short one. The excitement of a race at Pocono is that often, the winner is determined in the last few laps of the race.
Nearly 100,000 visitors pack the grandstands and infield for the Pocono 500 and Pennsylvania 500 races. This means that access roads in and out of the raceway will be jam packed on race day, so plan accordingly! Once you arrive at the raceway, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that parking is free. Just be sure to write down where you park, as the parking lot gets a little chaotic after the race ends.
Insider Tip: If you are staying at a local hotel or bed and breakfast, be sure to ask how long it will take you to drive to Pocono Raceway on a race day. You will find that a 10 mile drive can easily take at least triple the amount of time on race days.
There are various opinions about the best seats for watching the race. One of the criticisms about the raceway's grandstand seating is that visibility of the straightaways and turns one and three is limited when fans in front of you are standing (which they always are!). I've always found the grandstand seating to be at bit uncomfortable, but that's about to change. As part of the recent renovation, upgraded bucket seats have been added to the center portion of the grandstand in the Terrace Platinum and Concourse Gold seating areas. Still, there are many who insist that the infield is truly the best place to view races here.
Die hard racing fans may want to consider purchasing a pit pass since Pocono Raceway is known to have one of the most accessible pit areas for obtaining driver autographs. Keep in mind that there are dress code rules for entry into the pits and we know from personal experience that open toe shoes are definitely not allowed.
Area hotels fill up fast on Pocono 500 and Pennsylvania 500 weekends, so be sure to book early. Also, Pocono Raceway offers both RV and tent camping on race weekends. Click here for more information about Pocono 500 Camping
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