Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Barber Motorsports Park.svg
IndyCar Series
Venue Barber Motorsports Park
Corporate sponsor Honda
First race 2010
Distance 214.2 miles (344.7 km)
Laps 90
Most wins (driver) Will Power & Ryan Hunter-Reay (2)
Most wins (team) Team Penske (3)

The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is an IndyCar Series race held at Barber Motorsports Park, a 16-turn 2.3-mile (3.7 km) road course, in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. Officially announced on July 27, 2009, the inaugural event was on the weekend of April 9–11, 2010.[1][2] The event is under contract through the 2016 season and under the management of the local group Zoom Motorsports. The venue is designed to allow for nearly 100,000 spectators and will have an estimated economic impact on Greater Birmingham of $30 million.[1]

History[edit]

Having an IRL race at Barber became a possibility in 2007 when the league had testing session at the facility on October 12, 2007.[3] The test would also serve in evaluating the track as a potential site for a race beginning in the 2009 season. By July 2008, IRL revealed its 2009 schedule with new races being held at Long Beach and Toronto, but not at Barber.[4] However local officials indicated that Barber was under strong consideration for a 2010 date.[4]

Due to the success of the testing session in 2007, Barber was selected for a full-field, three-day testing session in March 2009.[5] Officials remained confident that the track would gain a race in the future due to the desire of the IRL to expand into The South in addition to the location of Honda Manufacturing of Alabama at plant in nearby Lincoln, the official engine of IRL.[5]

The opportunity to pursue the event came after the Detroit Indy Grand Prix was discontinued.[1][6] Initially, Zoom Motorsports looked to have the Detroit race moved to Alabama for the 2009 season; however, the league decided in February 2009 to not replace the event on its schedule.[7] With an open date available for 2010, Birmingham made its pitch to IRL officials and was selected to hold the event over Cleveland (Burke Lakefront Airport), Houston, Baltimore, Nashville, Charlotte and Portland.[1] IRL cited both strong support from both local and state government in addition to the large crowd that attended an IRL training session in March 2009 as factors in Birmingham being selected for the race.[1]

Past winners[edit]

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
2010 April 11 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara Honda 90 214.2 (344.721) 1:56:41 106.436 report
2011 April 10 Australia Will Power Team Penske Dallara Honda 90 214.2 (344.721) 2:14:43 92.194 report
2012 April 1 Australia Will Power Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet 90 214.2 (344.721) 2:01:40 102.081 report
2013 April 7 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara Chevrolet 90 214.2 (344.721) 1:52:05 110.818 report
2014 April 27 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda 69* 164.22 (264.286) 1:40:43 94.537 report
  • 2014: Race shortened due to time limit.

Indy Lights winners[edit]

Season Date Winning Driver Winning Team
2010 April 11 France Jean-Karl Vernay Sam Schmidt Motorsports
2011 April 10 Spain Víctor García Team Moore Racing
2012 April 1 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra Conquest Racing
2013 April 7 Colombia Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport
2014 April 26 United States Zach Veach Andretti Autosport
April 27 Colombia Gabby Chaves Belardi Auto Racing

IndyCar Television History[edit]

Season Date American TV Lap by lap Driver Analyst(s) Pit Reporter(s)
2010 April 11 Versus Bob Jenkins Jon Beekhuis
Robbie Buhl
Jack Arute
Robbie Floyd
Lindy Thackston
2011 April 12 Versus Bob Jenkins Jon Beekhuis
Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
Kevin Lee
Robbie Floyd
Lindy Thackston
Robin Miller
2012 April 1 NBC Sports Bob Jenkins Jon Beekhuis
Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
Kevin Lee
Robbie Floyd
Townsend Bell
Robin Miller
2013 April 7 NBC Sports Leigh Diffey Townsend Bell
Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
Kevin Lee
Robbie Floyd
Jon Beekhuis
Robin Miller
2014 April 27 NBC Sports Leigh Diffey Townsend Bell
Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
Kevin Lee
Robbie Floyd
Jon Beekhuis
Robin Miller

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Tomberlin, Michael (July 26, 2009). "Indy Car race coming to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama". The Birmingham News. 
  2. ^ Tomberlin, Michael (July 27, 2009). "It's official: 3 Indy car races coming to Barber Motorsports Park". The Birmingham News. 
  3. ^ Bolton, Mike (October 2, 2007). "Star drivers to test at Barber Course is potential 2009 series event". The Birmingham News. 
  4. ^ a b Demmons, Doug (July 31, 2008). "Barber misses cut for 2009 Indy race". The Birmingham News. 
  5. ^ a b Bolton, Mike (December 7, 2008). "IndyCar Series drivers to conduct test session at Barber: Preseason testing bodes well for possible race at Barber in 2010". The Birmingham News. 
  6. ^ "INDYCAR: Detroit Canceled for 2009, Vision Racing Trims Staff". speedtv.com. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  7. ^ Demmons, Doug (February 6, 2009). "Barber Motorsports Park won't get '09 IRL race". The Birmingham News. 

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