Barber Motorsports Park strives for perfection. Alabama track already called 'One of the Finest Facilities in the World'. had a dream of building the finest road course in North America. His quest for perfection has resulted in a premier, ...
Barber Motorsports Park strives for perfection.
Alabama track already called 'One of the Finest Facilities in the World'.
had a dream of building the finest road course in North America. His quest for perfection has resulted in a premier, state-of-the-art facility located on the outskirts of Birmingham that is already drawing worldwide attention. The Rolex Sports Car Series will christen Barber Motorsports Park during its grand opening weekend, May 16-18, with the Barber 250 at The Park.
Barber Motorsports Park consists of 740 acres, 225 of which have been developed for the racetrack and Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum. Teaming with track designers and engineers from across the globe, no detail has been overlooked during the development of the facility in an effort to ensure the best possible experience for drivers, teams and fans alike.
"Barber Motorsports Park combines natural beauty and technical complexity to create a unique motorsports experience. It is without a doubt one of the finest racing facilities in the world, user friendly to both competitors and spectators," commented five-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Hurley Haywood, who will pilot the Brumos Racing #59 Porsche Daytona Prototype during the Barber 250 at The Park.
Drivers will be treated to a 2.3-mile road course with 16 twisting turns that maneuver them through 80 feet of elevation changes. The racing surface is 45 feet wide all the way around, allowing plenty of room for passing as drivers jockey for position.
Every race team that visits Barber Motorsports Park will enjoy the 877,000-square foot, tiered paddock area located behind the three-story race control tower. The state-of-the-art race control tower includes top-of-the-line timing and scoring systems, closed circuit television, more than 600 phone lines, television-ready fiber optics and a media center for 250, in addition to classrooms, banquet facilities, meeting rooms and a top-notch medical facility.
In the pits, teams will find 48 pit stalls, each with data communication hook-ups and 60 amps of AC power supply, negating the need for generators.
Spectators will also find plenty of extra benefits during their visit to Barber Motorsports Park. With tiered viewing areas around the track, fans will be able to view at least 80 percent of the on-track action from most locations.
Race fans will also want to make sure to visit the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum. The 141,000-square foot, four-story museum includes the world's largest motorcycle literature library, an expansive collection of motorcycles and race cars, a movie theater and a restoration facility. The museum will have 450 units on display at any time from its collection, which includes the largest Lotus race car collection in the world. Also included in the collection are more than 750 vintage and modern motorcycles from 17 different nations and more than 125 manufacturers, with its oldest motorcycle dating back to 1903.
Tickets are currently on sale for the Barber 250 at The Park and Barber Park Twin 200s and can be purchased by calling 800-240-2300 or 205-327-RACE. Tickets are also available online at www.southtix.com. Additional information on Barber Motorsports Park can be found online at www.barbermotorsports.com.
For more information on the Rolex Sports Car Series, visit www.grandamerican.com.