Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Indy Grand Prix of Alabama)
Jump to: navigation, search
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Barber Motorsports Park.svg
IndyCar Series
Venue Barber Motorsports Park
Location Birmingham, Alabama
Corporate sponsor Honda
First race 2010
Distance 214.2 miles (344.7 km)
Laps 90
Most wins (driver) Will Power
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Josef Newgarden (2)
Most wins (team) Team Penske (5)
Most wins (manufacturer) Dallara (8)
Chevrolet (5)

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]


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
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
2015 April 26 United States Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara Chevrolet 90 214.2 (344.721) 1:55:53 107.176 Report
2016 April 24 France Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet 90 214.2 (344.721) 1:48:42 114.254 Report
2017 April 23 United States Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet 90 214.2 (344.721) 1:54:09 108.809 Report
  • 2014: Heavy rain and lightning forced the race to be delayed, and eventually shortened to a 1:40 timed race.

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
2015 April 25 United States Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing
April 26 United States Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing
2016 April 25 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones Carlin
April 26 Uruguay Santiago Urrutia Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
2017 April 22 France Nico Jamin Andretti Autosport
April 23 United States Colton Herta Andretti Steinbrenner Racing


  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". 2008-12-18. Archived from the original on 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  7. ^ Demmons, Doug (February 6, 2009). "Barber Motorsports Park won't get '09 IRL race". The Birmingham News. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Grand Prix of Long Beach
IndyCar Series
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Succeeded by
Desert Diamond West Valley
Phoenix Grand Prix