Dover, Pocono, Comcast team up to bring NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers, fan events to Philadelphia
For the fourth consecutive year, Comcast, Pocono Raceway and Dover International Speedway are coming together to bring NASCAR to the city of Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15. The NASCAR Xfinity Series Philadelphia Takeover will bring 18 drivers to the city to greet fans and promote the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Monster Mile on Saturday, Oct. 5 and the Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons on June 1 in the Philadelphia market.
"Comcast’s involvement in the NASCAR Xfinity Series is something we’re very proud of and this celebration is the perfect opportunity to showcase the partnership in a great race town like Philadelphia," said Matt Lederer, Comcast’s Vice President for Brand Partnerships. "Xfinity is focused on giving awesome entertainment experiences and access to passionate fans and loyal Xfinity customers at the race track. This event will provide those same VIP experiences, all while introducing new people to the sport and driving awareness of the Pocono and Dover NASCAR race weekends."
Festivities will begin on May 14 with NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Justin Allgaier throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Philadelphia Phillies MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers (7:05 p.m. ET). On May 15, events featuring 18 NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers will take place throughout the city with the Comcast Center Plaza acting as the hub for race fans.
Beginning at 10:45 a.m. on May 15, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will welcome fans to a special event on the Comcast Center Plaza with executives from Pocono, Dover, NASCAR and Comcast. Immediately following the opening remarks, a military appreciation ceremony will take place in front of friends, family, fans and NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers before the fan autograph session prior to the start of the parade. Interactive fan displays will also be setup at the Comcast Center Plaza for the public to enjoy.
A group of NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers will also branch off to explore "The City of Brotherly Love" through various events including the Franklin Institute for a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-focused Q&A session and Geno’s Steaks in South Philadelphia to enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak experience.
The highlight of the day will come at 12 p.m. as some of the drivers will strap into their 700hp race cars for a parade and "smoke show burnout" on JFK Boulevard, around Philadelphia City Hall to Market Street, returning to the Comcast Center.
"What Comcast does for our series is really second to none," Allgaier said. "The time and effort that they, along with Dover and Pocono, put in to make the Philadelphia Takeover happen is incredible and it just keeps getting better every year. The energy and excitement of everyone in the city when we drive through the streets is insane. It’s just a fun event. I can’t wait to get back there next month."
The 18 NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers scheduled to be in attendance are Allgaier, Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe, Brandon Brown, Austin Cindric, Cole Custer, Chad Finchum, Joey Gase, Gray Gaulding, Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala, Justin Haley, Brandon Jones, Vinnie Miller, Matt Mills, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick and Zane Smith.