Although it is likely to be announced in full as part of the entire 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule release this Sunday on SPEED's “Wind Tunnel,” a local report from the Lehigh Valley Morning Call has all but confirmed Pocono's return to the series. Pocono last hosted an IndyCar race in 1989 after a run stretching back to 1971 (A.J. Foyt's 1975 win, LEFT).
The race at the repaved 2.5-mile oval would be likely to fall July 7, roughly halfway in-between the two NASCAR Sprint Cup dates it's scheduled for (June 9, August 4). That weekend was occupied by Toronto this year but with Edmonton off the calendar for 2013, Toronto is set to shift weekends.
The report also said a formal press conference Monday will make the track's reintroduction, with Pocono Raceway president Brandon Igdalsky, IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard, 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti and Ed Carpenter, the winner of this year's season finale.
Igdalsky has attended more than one IndyCar race this year and the track has been rumored for a return throughout the summer into the fall. IndyCar had only five oval races this season, and Bernard has consistently stated a goal of 19 races for the 2013 season.