Nick Igdalsky races during the ARCA Racing Series . (AP Photo/Russ Hamilton Sr.)

LONG POND, Pa. -- Pocono Raceway could take a new road as it heads into the future under new leadership.

Track CEO Nick Igdalsky said he has pushed for the 2½-mile triangle track to make one of its two NASCAR Cup races a road course race.

"Let's do one oval and one road course," Igdalsky said. "With a few minor changes and a small budget, we could make this a compliant road course. It's become a lot safer with renovations we've done. I think it would be a heck of a race."

The track did run IMSA races in the 1980s and Igdalsky would like to try it with the Cup cars.  

 "The road course business was something that wasn't a priority when my grandfather was here," he said. "He didn't really see it as a big opportunity. I see it differently."

Igdalsky, also a race car driver, took the reigns at Pocono from his older brother Brandon this month in a bit of a surprising shakeup.

 

 

Brandon Igdalsky took a job at NASCAR as the organization's managing director of event marketing and promotion. Igdalsky had been president and CEO at Pocono Raceway for 10 years. Igdalsky will lead the NASCAR Track Council.

Nick Igdalsky was promoted to CEO and Ben May was named track president. Nick Igdalsky said he didn't expect to run the show so soon into his career.

"I thought I had a little time to goof around," he said, laughing. "I fully expected in a while he would get bored. He would do everything he thought he could do here and then move on to another opportunity. But I guess the timing just came out where the opportunity came and he would leave this cush gig."

The brothers learned at the foot of their grandfather and track founder Joseph "Doc" Mattioli. He died in 2012 and the track has remained in the family.

Without divulging numbers, Igdalsky said attendance is on an upswing in certain sections and he expected Sunday's race to boast "one of the largest infield crowds we've had here."

"The infield crowds, the camping crowds are bigger than even in the heyday of the '80s and '90s," he said.

 

 

Igdalsky wants to keep growing the crowds and hoped to have Wi-Fi that would cover the entire grounds in place by the Cup race next June. He also hopes Pocono holds its spot with two NASCAR weekends each year.

"We'd love to continue having two," he said. "But if one day, it that's not the way the cards fall, so be it. We'd still be honored to be part of the show."

Igdalsky also said the annual IndyCar race is locked in through 2018 and the two sides will discuss an extension in the offseason.

"It's looking good by the numbers," Igdalsky said. "We'll break it down after this race and see what they put on the table for an extension. It's our full intention to keep IndyCar here. The racing they've put on here has been spectacular the last two years. You're seeing some of the best racing I think Pocono has ever put on with those Indy cars."