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June 13, 2018:   Drew Fornoro, inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame earlier this year, has been named as the Grand Marshal for the 1/5-mile oval track events being presented by the Classic Racing Times as part of the 2018 Vintage Celebration at Pocono August 17-18-19, in conjunction with the Verizon Indycar Series’ ABC Supply 500.

A nine-time NEMA Midget champion and topping the NEMA all-time win list with 85 victories, at Pocono Drew will not only oversee the racing action Friday and Saturday evenings on the 1/5-mile oval set up at the pit exit end of the main straightaway of the Pocono “Tricky Triangle,” he will also participate in the Classic Racing Times’ “autograph alley” alongside other greats from Indycar, NASCAR, and regional racing.

In 2013 Drew joined his late father, Nick Fornoro, Sr., in the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame, and in January he was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, where he also joins his father. The Senior Fornoro was himself a Midget racing champion and afterward the Chief Starter for the CART Champ Car series.

In addition to his impressive win list in the NEMA Midgets, Drew has 20 victories to his credit in the ARDC Midgets, as well as three in the USAC National Midget series.

A New Jersey native, Drew began his racing career in TQ Midgets at New Jersey’s Pine Brook Speedway, where he continued to race even as he was amassing his impressive career stats elsewhere. His wife, Anne, is the daughter of Midget racing great Russ Klar, and has since 1985 she has been the media representative for A.J. Foyt Racing. Drew is the older brother of Nick “Nokie” Fornoro, who, as a prolific winner in ARDC, NEMA, and USAC Midget racing, is himself likely a future inductee in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

The events on the Pocono 1/5-mile will include exhibition laps for vintage Midgets, as well as wheel-to-wheel racing for modern and vintage TQ Midgets, Slingshots, Microstocks and Champ Karts. Following a successful first event in 2017, enhancements are being made for this year, including lighting for racing beyond dusk.

June 6, 2018:   The Classic Racing Times along with Pocono Raceway and the Monroe Career & Technical Institute have developed a new program titled “CRT Vintage Racing Fantasy Camp,” offering both students and adults an exciting hands-on opportunity to be a part of the 2018 “Vintage Celebration at Pocono Raceway” this August.

Upwards of 100 students and faculty from MCTI have expressed interest in the program which will also be available to the general public. Each program participant will be able to join a vintage racing team or shadow a CRT official during the weekend of the ABC Supply 500 Verizon Indycar Series event at Pocono August 17-18-19.

Participants will attend a trackside safety meeting along with an educational tour of the vintage paddock area were they will be able to select the team they wish to join. Each program participant will each receive a pit paddock pass, an official CRT cap and event tee shirt, the opportunity to meet both vintage and current Indycar drivers, a commemorative dash plaque and decal, a CRT Vintage Camp group photo, a certificate of completion as an official team member and.

MCTI’s Machine Trades instructor Jim Granahan has been instrumental in the development of the program. “The kids have real interest in this,” Granahan said. “They really like the idea of getting out in the world and seeing how their individual trades training really matters. We have interest from not only my kids in machining, but from auto shop, body shop, electronics right on down the list. This will be a great experience for everyone involved, includng the faculty!”

Pocono Raceway CEO Nick Igdalsky is also excited about the program. “Anything we can do to get kids involved in racing is a plus for the whole sport. We support education and welcome this to our event.”

Classic Racing Times founder Gary Mondschein noted that “long-term successes starts with actions taken today. The CRT Vintage Racing Fantasy Camp is part of our continuing effort to educate today’s youth on the history of technological gains through auto racing.”

May 17, 2018:   The Pocono 2018 page has been updated with the addition of registration information for the "Road Course Touring" option, for the "Sun & Show" car show, and for the 1/5-mile oval.  Check out everything Pocono has to offer here .

May 9, 2018:   We have added an "Online Store" page to this web site!  It's just a beginning, because we wil be adding the complete array of e-commerce features (product selection, online ordering, credit card processing) in the coming weeks.  Right now you can take a look at our first offering, stylish and cool Classic Racing Times shirts!  Check 'em out by clicking  here!

May 3, 2018:   Registration is now OPEN for the 2018 Vintage Celebration at Pocono!  Click on the "Pocono 2018" link at left to be taken to the Pocono landing page, where you can sign up to participate with your vintage Indycar, Champ Car, Sprint Car, or oval-track Stock Car, as well for the special events taking place on our 1/5-mile oval on the big Pocono track! 

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