Preview: 2014 Pocono Indycar 500

The Verizon Indycar Series returns to the the Tricky Triangle to race at Pocono for the second straight season. This stop on the calendar makes for the 11th round of the season. With 500 grueling miles ahead for the drivers, who will rise through the speed and mechanical dilemmas to earn some valuable championship points?!

Here are some headlines heading into the 2014 Pocono Indycar 500:

Curtains on Pocono?
A report surfaced Thursday night that Indycar's tenure at Pocono may be two years long and nothing more. Ticket sales have been down compared to 2013, leaving several high ranking officials at Pocono to question the value of Indycar at their venue. Will this be the last race at this track, which would ultimately make it a failure to the series?

Dario Franchitti - Pocono INDYCAR 400
Dario Franchitti strolls through Pocono in 2013 (Photo: Jeff Zelevansky / Getty Images North America)

Power Still in Front
Will Power, who had a shaky two races at Houston, still holds on to the championship lead heading into Pocono. With double points up for grabs, no lead is safe. With Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Simon Pagenaud hot on his tail, can Power hold on to his lead heading into Iowa?

Penalties, Penalties
Carlos Huertas was penalized following the weekend for infractions on his car. Yes, that is the car that won the race. Many people are starting to wonder what rule book Indycar is using and if rule breaking is going to become a regular things since Huertas did not get stripped of his win. Huertas is not the first to have an infraction in the DW12 era, and he won't be the last.

Triple Crown
Ryan Hunter-Reay is up for the Triple Crown this season after winning leg one of the Triple Crown at Indianapolis. The three races that comprise the Triple Crown (Indianapolis, Pocono, and Fontana) offers a driver a chance to win 1,500 miles of racing. Can RHR do anything to win the race and keep the TC alive for Fontana?

Ryan Hunter-Reay - 98th Indianapolis 500
Can he do the Triple Crown trifecta? (Photo: Chris Graythen / Getty Images North America)

Normally, this is where stats would be posted, but that seems pretty pointless given that there has only been one previous race at the track that the current field has raced in. Having said that...

Here are the point standings heading into Pocono:
1) Will Power - 405
2) Helio Castroneves - 366
3) Ryan Hunter-Reay - 364
4) Simon Pagenaud - 346
5) Juan Pablo Montoya - 289
6) Marco Andretti - 281
7) Carlos Munoz - 270
8) Sebastien Bourdais - 242
9) Scott Dixon - 237
10) James Hinchcliffe - 230

And here is the entry list for the 2014 Pocono Indycar 500:
#2 Juan Pablo Montoya / Team Penske / Chevrolet
#3 Helio Castroneves / Team Penske / Chevrolet
#7 Mikhail Aleshin [R] / Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports / Honda
#8 Ryan Briscoe / Chip Ganassi Racing / Chevrolet
#9 Scott Dixon / Chip Ganassi Racing / Chevrolet
#10 Tony Kanaan / Chip Ganassi Racing / Chevrolet
#11 Sebastien Bourdais / KVSH Racing / Chevrolet
#12 Will Power / Team Penske / Chevrolet
#14 Takuma Sato / AJ Foyt Enterprises / Honda
#15 Graham Rahal / Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing / Honda
#17 Sebastian Saavedra / KVSH Racing / Chevrolet
#18 Carlos Huertas [R] / Dale Coyne Racing / Honda
#19 Justin Wilson / Dale Coyne Racing / Honda
#20 Ed Carpenter / Ed Carpenter Racing / Chevrolet
#25 Marco Andretti / Andretti Autosport / Honda
#27 James Hinchcliffe / Andretti Autosport / Honda
#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay / Andretti Autosport / Honda
#34 Carlos Munoz [R] / Andretti Autosport / Honda
#67 Josef Newgarden / Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing / Honda
#77 Simon Pagenaud / Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports / Honda
#83 Charlie Kimball / Chip Ganassi Racing / Honda
#98 Jack Hawksworth [R] / Bryan Herta Autosport / Honda

Thanks for reading!

-Matthew Hickey