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2014 track profile: Barber Motorsports Park

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Barber Motorsports Park is a 2.38-mile road course situated on 740 acres in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2014, it will host the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama for the IndyCar Series, as well as Vintage Racing events and driving schools.

The track opened in 2003 in conjunction with the opening of the new home of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Much of the museum's pieces were from the private collection of George Barber, who raced and maintained Porsches out of the Birmingham area in the 1960s. The collection received 501(c)3 not-for-profit status in 1994, and the original museum opened in 1995.

The 2014 calendar at Barber Motorsports Park begins with the fifth-annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, April 25th through 27th, featuring 11 races over three days; the weekend also features the Indy Lights Series presented by Cooper Tires, ProMazda presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda. The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) takes to the course August 30th through 31st, while October 10th through 12th is the Barber Vintage Festival.

Tickets for the IndyCar/GRAND-AM weekend in April are now on sale. Three-day general admission passes are $75, with a paddock pass upgrade available for $50. General admission tickets are $15 for Friday, $35 for Saturday, and $45 for Sunday; daily paddock pass upgrades are also available. Find out more about the 2014 events and purchase tickets at barbermotorsports.com. Find out about the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum at barbermuseum.org.

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