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Eleven Races and New Date Highlight Changes to 2014 Honda Indy Grand Prix of AL
Posted by: newsla on Nov 26, 2013 - 08:21 AM
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Eleven Races and New Date Highlight Changes to 2014 Honda Indy Grand Prix of AL


ZOOM Motorsports announced today that the 2014 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama race weekend will feature 11 different races throughout the three-day weekend and tickets are on sale beginning today at www.barbermotorsports.com. In addition to the IndyCar Series and Indy Lights races, the 2014 weekend will also feature the Pirelli World Challenge Sports Car Series, Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tires and USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda races at Barber Motorsports Park.

 

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The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is set for April 25 - 27, three weeks later than the 2013 event.

"This event continues to get bigger and better each year and with the addition of even more exciting on-track action, we couldn’t be more thrilled for the 2014 race weekend," stated Rick Humphrey, vice president of ZOOM Motorsports, the exclusive event promoter of Barber Motorsports Park. "We are already on track for our best event yet."

Throughout the three-day weekend, fans will enjoy seeing all of the big names in IndyCar racing as they take on the 2.38 mile, 17-turn circuit each day to prepare for the main event on Sunday, April 27. All of the stars of the IndyCar Series will be in action, including 2013 series champion Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti, Will Power, Graham Rahal and defending race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.

The popular Legacy Indy Lights 100 returns, offering a second race for fans during the weekend. Highlighting the brightest up and coming talent in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series, these drivers compete with an ultimate goal of one day securing a seat in the IndyCar Series.

Returning after a year’s absence, Pro Mazda brings the second step in the Mazda Road to Indy development series. These open-wheel, open cockpit racers are capable of 260 horsepower and top speeds of 170 MPH.

New to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama weekend is the first stage of the Mazda Road to Indy Series, USF2000. Built as an entry-level open-wheel training ground, these cars produce up to 170 horsepower and top speeds of 150 MPH. Indy Lights, USF2000, as well as Pro Mazda, will feature double-header races and will compete on Saturday and Sunday.

Another exciting series heading to Barber for the first time is one of North America’s top production-based sports car championships, the Pirelli World Challenge Sports Car Series. Featured classes will include Grand Touring (GT), Grand Touring Sport (GTS), as well as Touring Car (TC) and Touring Car B-Spec (TCB). These series feature more everyday manufacturers that fans drive to and from work, including imports Honda, Audi, Volvo, Kia, and Porsche, as well as American-based Cadillac, Chevrolet and Ford. Pirelli World Challenge will offer fans four races throughout the schedule-packed weekend.

"Fans are going to be overwhelmed with all of the exciting on-track racing this year," stated Humphrey. "With 11 races taking place at this fine road course, the Honda Indy Grand Prix weekend will be every motorsports fan’s dream. It’s definitely a weekend for the entire family and kids will love the fan walks, kids zone, and ferris wheel. We are really excited about 2014 and look forward to seeing everyone in town for this fun, social event."

Tickets for the 5th annual event kicked off today and start as low as $15. Kids 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult for the exciting race weekend.

In 2014, fans will also have the opportunity to purchase a new, upgraded hospitality option called CM’s Trackside Tavern. CM’s will be located trackside in the Red Diamond Fan Zone with views of six different turns of the racing circuit. It will feature food from some of Birmingham’s most popular restaurants including La Paz, Ezell’s Fish Camp, Golden Rule Bar-B-Que, Michael’s Restaurant, Catfish Junction and G-dogs. Along with one of the most exciting atmospheres at Barber Motorsports Park, CM’s Trackside Tavern ticket holders will receive breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and three drink tickets to a full bar.


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