IndyCar to return to Barber three more years


IndyCar CEO Jeff Belskus (C), and Birmingham Mayor William Bell (L)
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This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Grand Prix of Alabama, officials announced this morning that the race would continue at Barber Motorsports Park through 2016.

INDYCAR CEO Jeff Belskus, 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," Hallman said. "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."

Belskus said that Birmingham has been a great asset to INDYCAR. "We love coming to Birmingham and coming to Leeds," he said. "This is a beautiful track that showcases our cars and speed and what our cars can do. We are very pleased that we will continue coming her through 2016."

04/07/13 Rumor has it that IndyCar has signed a three-year contract to return to the 17-turn, 2.38-mile permanent road course east of Birmingham called Barber Motorsports Park. A formal announcement is expected 11:30 AM this morning at the track where a press conference has been called, the topic which was not announced.

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