LONG POND, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Another big weekend is ahead at Pocono Raceway. Fans are starting to trickle in for the Pocono 400, and this year they have an opportunity to help sick children.
NASCAR fans are excited to start setting up in the infield.
“It takes a lot of hard work. First you have to go out shopping, and then you got to get all your food and all your drinks and get all your chairs put together,” says Mike Lombardo of New Jersey.
But, not everyone camps out in tents and RV’s. Many guests stay at local hotels. “A bulk of fans will be in the grand stands,” says Ben May, president, Pocono Raceway.
If you book a hotel room through Pocono Raceway’s website, $2 dollars of every room booked will benefit Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, which is Lehigh Valley Health Network’s pediatric hospital.
This partnership is called ‘Hotels for Hope’.
May explains, “it helps our fans get their booking needs, enjoy the Pocono Mountains, and also gives back to the kids. It’s amazing.”
Steve Ertle runs the Baymont Inn & Suites in Bartonsville. He looks forward to the extra business race weekends bring, and he’s also happy to help sick children in the process.
“And we hope everyone comes out. It would be a great way to raise money for their cause,” says Steve Ertle, manager, Baymont Inn & Suites.
Lehigh Valley Health Network is the Tricky Triangle’s official health care provider. A full team of doctors and emergency room nurses are there all weekend, prepared to treat guests and the drivers themselves. There are two locations at the track, and they both function as full-service hospitals.
“It’s more than an urgent care,” May says.
HOTELS FOR HOPE: https://www.hotelsforhope.com/
TO BOOK A ROOM: http://www.poconoraceway.com/
Four XFINITY Series drivers will sign autographs at the Baymont Inn & Suites Friday night from 7 – 9 pm.