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IndyCar: Who to watch in the Grand Prix of Alabama – April 27th, 2014

Ryan Hunter-Reay put a stop to the Penske domination at Barber Motorsports Park in 2013
Ryan Hunter-Reay put a stop to the Penske domination at Barber Motorsports Park in 2013
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The Verizon IndyCar Series visits Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, home of the fifth annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday, April 27th. In the first four IndyCar races at the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course, Team Penske visited victory lane three times, with only Ryan Hunter-Reay getting in the way of the Penske party last season.

Helio Castroneves won the inaugural event in 2010, while Will Power won the next two races in 2011 and 2012. The veteran Team Penske drivers are joined by a returning Indy 500 champion, Juan Pablo Montoya, who spent seven years in NASCAR prior to returning to the open-wheel ranks. Montoya picked up a fourth-place finish at Long Beach, while Power has first- and second-place finishes in the first two races of the season. Castroneves finished third at St. Petersburg to kick off the season.

Hunter-Reay leads Andretti Autosport back to Barber with his win in 2013 – a track at which he had never before had even a top 10 finish. James Hinchcliffe has a top finish of sixth in 2012, while Marco Andretti finished fourth in 2011. Rookie Carlos Munoz makes his first IndyCar start at the track, but he won in the Indy Lights Series there last year.

Mike Conway will go for his second win in a row for Ed Carpenter Racing after winning at Long Beach earlier in the month. Conway will compete in all of the road and street course races for ECR, with Carpenter tackling the oval tracks.

Qualifying for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama takes place Saturday, April 26th at 2 p.m. CT, with the race going green on Sunday, April 27th at 2:12 p.m. CT. Keep up with the action at

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