Racing enthusiasts attended the 3rd Annual NASCAR Hauler Open House and Parade at the PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg on Thursday, June 2, 2016.
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10AM - OPEN HOUSE at PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center
11:30AM - PARADE BEGINS at the PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center
HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 2, 2016) – House of Representatives’ Motorsports Caucus Co-Chairmen Reps. John Payne (R-Dauphin) and Pat Harkins (D-Erie) invited Pennsylvania families and racing enthusiasts to attend the 3rd Annual NASCAR Hauler Open House and Parade at the PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg on Thursday, June 2, 2016.
Each year, the Motorsports Caucus works together with Pocono Raceway, Triad Strategies and the City of Harrisburg to bring this event to the capital city as a way to recognize the racing industry and the economic impact it has on the Commonwealth.
PHOTO: Director of PA Tourism Office Michael Chapaloney speaks at the 2016 Hauler Parade at the PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Harrisburg City Mayor Eric Papenfuse (left) joined Chapaloney in welcoming Brandon Igdalsky, President & CEO of the Pocono Raceway (right) for the 3rd annual stop in Harrisburg before the convoy of haulers continued north for this weekend's Pocono 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
“Pennsylvania is home to a huge NASCAR fan base and two Sprint Cup Series races. The Commonwealth also has benefited economically from investments made by corporate sponsors,” Payne said. “We had great turnouts for the hauler parade in the past and this year was no different, as we celebrated the motorsports industry’s considerable impact on Pennsylvania.”
The free event began with an open house at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex at 10 a.m., where fans had the opportunity to walk through the trucks, take photos and interact with the hauler drivers. Prior to the parade, members of the Pennsylvania Motorsports Caucus joined Brandon Igdalsky, president and CEO of Pocono Raceway, to recognize Motorsports Day and NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day.
The parade started at 11:30 a.m. from the Farm Show Complex and the route included Commonwealth Avenue, Walnut Street and Third Street. Police blocked streets for fans to line up for the parade. The parade rolled by the back of the State Capitol Complex before continuing onto the Pocono Raceway for the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 being held June 3-5.
“I am excited and enthused to be involved in the NASCAR Hauler Parade,” Harkins said. “The race is being held at a great entertainment venue and will have a significant economic impact on the state.”
Pocono Raceway will host seven national motorsports events during the 2016 racing season, including the Pocono Green 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race for the first time on June 4. The Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race is set for June 5, the Pennsylvania 400 NSCS race on July 31 and the ABC Supply 500 Verizon IndyCar Series race on August 21. The Pocono Mountains 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck race is scheduled for July 30 and two ARCA Series Presented by Menards races with a 200-mile event on June 3 and the ModSpace 150 on July 29 offered as well.
Tickets for all races are now on sale at poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.
About Pocono Raceway
Pocono Raceway, also known as “The Tricky Triangle,” is family-owned and situated in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. In business for over 50 years, the Raceway hosts multiple, national motorsports events including two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, one Verizon IndyCar Series race, one NASCAR XFINITY Series, one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and two ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards events each year. The Raceway has added multiple, adventure-running series events to their annual calendar, including the Warrior Dash. Pocono Raceway is recognized as the world’s first, privately-owned solar-powered sports facility. Their 25-acre, three-megawatt solar farm provides the energy needs of the Raceway, as well as, adds electricity to the local power grid. Each member of our raceway staff is committed to creating exciting experiences and lifelong memories. For more information, please visit www.poconoraceway.com.