ZOOM Motorsports announced that the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will feature a new event logo starting with the 2014 race. In the fifth year of hosting the IndyCar Series in Birmingham, this year’s event has several new additions to it, including a new, later date in April, as well as three new series racing during the weekend.
The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will take place three weeks later this year, April 25-27, right before the drivers compete in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, and then the famous Indy 500. In addition to the traditional 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.
“With the additional series, we will now have eleven races throughout the three-day race weekend, meaning fans will have the opportunity to see more racing action than ever before,” stated Rick Humphrey, VP of ZOOM Motorsports, the exclusive event promoter of Barber Motorsports Park. “This new logo is just one of the many new, exciting changes for the race this year. In addition to the logo and on-track changes, fans will also have the opportunity to purchase an upgraded ticket to our new CM’s Trackside Tavern. This area will feature one of the best views at the park, along with delicious food from some of Birmingham’s top local restaurants.”
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 compete, including 2013 series champion Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti, Will Power, Graham Rahal and defending race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. This year, Team Penske has added Indy 500 winner and former Formula One, Champ Car, and NASCAR veteran Juan Pablo Montoya to its team, where he will compete at Barber for the first time.
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.
“I can honestly say that this year’s race is setting up to be the most exciting IndyCar race weekend that we have hosted at Barber,” stated Humphrey. “Each year at the end of the race weekend, I think ‘how can we top that?’ But each year, we have managed to make it bigger and better. We are really excited for our fans to experience this year’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, and hope everyone enjoys seeing the new logo around town as we welcome IndyCar’s top drivers to Alabama.”
This year, 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.
Tickets for the 5th annual event start as low as $15. Kids 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult for the exciting race weekend.
Fans can visit www.barbermotorsports.com to purchase tickets or upgrade to CM’s Trackside Tavern.