Racers eager to run Barber 250 at The Park

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 6, 2003) -- Coming off of one of the most exciting races in Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series history, racers cannot wait to hit the track again and keep the action going, especially since the next stop on the...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 6, 2003) -- Coming off of one of the most exciting races in Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series history, racers cannot wait to hit the track again and keep the action going, especially since the next stop on the schedule takes racers to the grand opening of Barber Motorsports Park. The Rolex Series will travel to Birmingham, Ala., next weekend for the inaugural Barber 250 at The Park, May 16-18.

Last weekend's AJ's Fine Foods 250 at Phoenix International Raceway featured plenty of door-banging action as four Daytona Prototypes battled it out for the lead, which each held at some point during the race. And the thrills did not stop with the Daytona Prototypes class, as the GT winner was not decided until the final corner of the race with a Ferrari and BMW fighting it out for top honors.

"I think that Barber's track will encourage very close racing. The straightaways are not real long, so there is not a chance for the more powerful cars to use their horsepower advantage. I think the racing there will really be exciting," said five-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Hurley Haywood. After picking up his second win of the season in Phoenix, Haywood and co-driver JC France enter next weekend's Barber 250 at The Park with the lead in the Daytona Prototype driver point standings.

"I'm very excited for Barber, because we have constantly progressed every race. After our run at Phoenix, we are getting closer and closer. We have learned a lot about the car. We are heading to Barber on a pretty good high," said driver Darren Law who will seek his first victory at the wheel of the #8 BMW-powered Picchio DP2 Daytona Prototype that he will pilot for G&W Motorsports.

"The track doesn't have a very high top speed, but like a Lime Rock (Park), it's not a slow track by any stretch of the imagination. It's going be an interesting race," added David Donohue, who has taken the pole position at the last two races in the Red Bull #58 Porsche-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototype of Brumos Racing. "No one can really run away with the race. Everyone has to work really hard. I'm pretty confident in our team. I think we will be in a position to win at Barber."

With so many racers looking for the win at the inaugural Barber 250 at The Park, the action-packed racing excitement is something that no race fan will want to miss. 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.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Darren Law , David Donohue , JC France