ZOOM Motorsports and INDYCAR announced today plans for a three-year extension to host the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama 2014 through 2016 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. INDYCAR CEO Jeff Belskus, City of Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Alabama State Senate Majority Leader Jabo Waggoner, President and CEO of ZOOM Motorsports Gene Hallman and other local and state officials were on site at Barber Motorsports Park to make the announcement.
“ZOOM Motorsports is very excited about the extension of our INDYCAR sanctioning agreement through 2016,” stated Gene Hallman, President and CEO of ZOOM Motorsports, the exclusive event promoter of Barber Motorsports Park. “INDYCAR has become very popular here in the heart of the Deep South and we look forward to continuing to grow the prominence of this race. We certainly feel that INDYCAR is the appropriate partner to assist us in showcasing what is considered to be the finest road course facility in the U.S.-the Barber Motorsports Park.”
“We are pleased to have agreed to terms to continue the tradition of our fast and versatile racing at Barber Motorsports Park,” said Belskus. “Not only is Barber a terrific facility to showcase our close and exciting on-track product, it also gives INDYCAR a strong presence in key southeastern markets to further help us grow our sport.”
Since the inaugural event in 2010, the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama continues to bring more than 80,000 fans each year from all over the world to the 2.38-mile road course. The Birmingham Convention and Visitors’ Bureau estimates the event has an economic impact of more than $28 million on Birmingham. For more information on the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, visit www.barbermotorsports.com.
About Barber Motorsports Park and ZOOM Motorsports:
Barber Motorsports Park opened in the spring of 2003. Since its inception, ZOOM Motorsports, LLC has been the exclusive event promoter for the events at the Park. The 2.38-mile racing circuit is 45 feet wide, with 17 turns and elevation changes of more than 80 feet. The Barber Motorsports Park has been considered one of North America’s finest road courses for car and motorcycle racing, and has served as the venue for several international product launches. The Barber Motorsports Park also features the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. This 144,000 square-foot facility houses more than 1,000 vintage and modern motorcycles from 17 different nations and more than 125 manufacturers. For more information, please visit www.barbermotorsports.com.