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LONG POND, Pa. – Open wheel racing finally made a return to Pocono Raceway.
Marco Andretti was the first IndyCar Series driver to take a practice lap Wednesday at the track, where about 300 fans attended the test. Andretti, Will Power and four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti were among the current crop of drivers who hit speeds of 215 mph.
They hit the triangle track for a tire test in preparation for the race on July 7. It will be the first IndyCar at Pocono event since the race won by Danny Sullivan Aug. 20, 1989.
Track CEO Brandon Igdalsky says enthusiasm in the area is high for the return of open wheel racing.
The drivers will return July 4 for another open test.