Yankee Stadium is 103 miles from Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.
So the ABC Supply 500 this weekend is the closest thing to a homecoming for Harding Steinbrenner Racing and its 22-year-old co-owner, George Michael Steinbrenner IV.
The namesake grandson of the legendary New York Yankees owner will return to his roots when he throws out a ceremonial first pitch at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
His father, Hank Steinbrenner, and a sizable family/Bronx contingent will be on hand to support the youngest owner in NTT Data IndyCar history.
A season of amazing ups and downs could still have a happy, historic ending.
HSR driver Colton Herta is still within reach of winning the Sunoco IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Award and a top 10 points finish.
All at the tender age of 19.
“I’m excited about these next three weeks in a row,” the former two-time Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix winner said, alluding to the St. Louis and Portland races that follow Pocono. “There’s still a lot out there for us to accomplish this season, and I’m excited to get after it.”
Herta is 14th in the points this week, 14 behind 13th place Santino Ferrucci and 51 behind ninth place Felix Rozenqvist in the IndyCar Rookie of the Year chase.
The Valencia native is already the youngest race winner and pole winner in IndyCar history.
The youngest Rookie of the Year ever would make it a trifecta.
Pocono’s 2.5-mile tri-oval layout is one of the fastest on the IndyCar circuit.
The dark side of that speed was shown a year ago, when Robert Wickens was left a a paraplegic after a high-speed crash.
In 2015, Englishman Justin Wilson was struck in the head by flying debris during the race, and later died.
“We showed consistent speed on the last super speedway we raced, at Indianapolis in May,” Herta said. “I’m excited for this chance.”
There was plenty of excitement last Fall when Steinbrenner partnered with Indianapolis industrialist Mike Harding.
Herta and 2018 Indy Lights champion Pato O’Ward, 20, made up the youngest race team in IndyCar history.
Over the winter, though, sponsorship fell though for O’Ward, and he was let go.
Suggestions that Hank Steinbrenner would direct the Yankees’ lengthy sponsors list to his son’s startup team proved false.
The business side of racing has been a battle for Michael Steinbrenner.
The last four races of the season, including each of the next three weekends, could still make it a very memorable year.