Pocono Raceway Encourages Fans To Go Green

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer IJanuary 21, 2010

Although Pocono Raceway is currently blanketed in snow, the speedway is urging all fans to "go green" when traveling to the racetrack this summer. 

The track is teaming up with Martz Trailways buses and Destination Pocono to shuttle fans in and out of the track on special buses.

Not only are the buses more environmentally friendly, reducing the number of cars coming into the track, but harmful emissions are also lessened.  In addition to the environmental benefits, there is also a safety factor in the bus travel as well.

Another benefit to fans "going green" on the buses to and from both the Pocono 500 and the Pennsylvania 500 includes getting to the track more quickly.  Specially designed bus lanes will be utilized, along with escorts from the local sheriff's departments.

The final perk of the Destination Pocono promotion is a special treat:  Once each bus arrives, they will enter the "Tricky Triangle," as Pocono Raceway is known, and take a lap around the track.

Pocono Raceway, alongside partners Martz Trailways and Destination Pocono, began the park-and-ride bus program two years ago.  The initiative has been so successful that their four pickup locations have been expanded to eleven, covering the four-county Pocono region as well as New York City.

Seats are available for $29.99 per person for the local stops, and $69.99 from New York City.  Destination Pocono will also assist with other travel planning, including hotel rooms, race tickets, and other upgrades, making the promotion a one-stop race shopping experience.

With this effort and other "green" initiatives recently announced, Pocono Raceway has set the bar high, and is one of the first racetracks to be recognized as environmentally friendly. 

While many buildings throughout the country can boast of their "green" certification, Pocono Raceway is the only race track that can make this claim at present.  This will make the track the first truly "green" sports facility in the world.

This past summer, Pocono Raceway announced another "green" initiative: the installation of a three-megawatt solar farm.  This new endeavor will ultimately provide power for the entire racetrack, as well as supplying power to the local energy grid.

The ground-breaking was held in August 2009, and the new solar farm will be constructed in a former racetrack parking lot along Long Pond Road.  The project will include a 3.0 MW photovoltaic array on approximately 25 acres of land.

For more information on Pocono Raceway's "going green" initiatives, visit the track's website at poconoraceway.com.  Tickets for the shuttle buses can be purchased online at www.DestinationPocono.com or by calling toll-free 888-629-8050.

Photo Credit:  Erin Buchanan