TOBYHANNA, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Four-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon isn’t racing; he’s reading.
“It’s nice to break it up and be involved with the community,” he says.
He visited Head Start students at The Mountain Center in Tobyhanna. Of course, he read them a book about racing.
“Because it’s so much fun,” says Allyson Moran, 4-years-old.
The pre-k kids took pictures and even posed with Pocono Raceway’s mascot named “Tricky”.
“I touched him!” says Mason McDonough, 5-years-old.
Dixon is sponsored by PNC Bank. This event is part of PNC’s ‘Grow Up Great’ initiative before the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway this weekend.
“We encourage kids to read and to learn at a very young age because it helps them in life get ready for kindergarten and stay in school and become better citizens,” says Pete Danchak, PNC Bank Regional President.
And we just had to ask Dixon which is harder; driving more than 200 miles an hour or talking with young kids?
He says, “talking to four-year-olds, man, with no doubt! Trying to keep them engaged is tricky.”
A tricky experience before taking on the Tricky Triangle.
Dixon is the current IndyCar Series leader going into this weekend’s race. He won at Pocono Raceway in 2013.