Pocono Raceway officials announced Friday that the track will once again sponsor the annual National Motorsports Press Association’s Spirit Award.
“This is a great way for us to recognize and honor those who go above and beyond,” Pocono Raceway President and CEO Brandon Igdalsky said in a media release. “My grandfather, ‘Doc’ Mattioli, used to be a part of these awards and we are excited to reengage.
“What I love about these awards is that they focus heavily on strong character and people who really support racing.”
The NMPA Pocono Spirit Awards are presented quarterly to “recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports,” according to the NMPA bylaws.
An overall annual winner is then announced at the NMPA’s annual awards banquet, which takes place this weekend in Concord, N.C.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to have Pocono Raceway return as sponsor of this award,” said NMPA President Brian Nelson. “Pocono and the Mattioli family have shown that they are true citizens of our sport, and that they desire to recognize off-track contributions made by people within our racing community.”