A press conference has been called for Monday morning at Pocono International Raceway to announce that the IZOD IndyCar Series is returning to the track in 2013.
The July 7 race at Pocono will be a 400-miler and be included in a Triple Crown challenge by IndyCar. A $1 million bonus will go to the driver who can win the Indianapolis 500, Pocono and the Oct. 19 finale at Fontana.
A $250,000 bonus will be awarded if a driver wins two of the three Triple Crown events.
The press conference will feature Pocono Raceway president Brandon Igdalsky, IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard, 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti and Ed Carpenter, the winner of the 2012 IndyCar Series season finale
Throughout the summer, there have been rumors of IndyCar‚??s return to Pocono as Igdalsky has expressed interest in adding events for the 2.5-mile race track in Monroe County.
The last IndyCar race was held in Long Pond in 1989, but several openings on the IndyCar schedule have created the availability of the open-wheel brand of racing to return to the Poconos.
The track hosts two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, which are set for June 9 and Aug. 4 in 2013.
The IndyCar race is expected to be held at Pocono on July 7.
Bernard is expected to confirm that date and reveal the complete IZOD Series schedule on the SPEED Channel‚??s "Wind Tunnel" show at 9 p.m. Sunday.
Pocono hosted IndyCar races from its opening in 1971 through 1989.