The American Indycar Series has entered into a three year agreement with the Alabama State Fair Complex to bring its professional Indy Car racing series to the Birmingham International Raceway located on the Alabama State Fairgrounds.
The American Indycar Series has entered into a three year agreement with the Alabama State Fair Complex to bring its professional Indy Car racing series to the Birmingham International Raceway located on the Alabama State Fairgrounds. This will be the first time Indy Cars will race in Alabama, adding another chapter to the rich history of Birmingham International Raceway. The first of the three annual races to be held at the historic Birmingham International Raceway will be on Saturday, October 24, 1998 as part or the Alabama State Fair. "We are extremely excited about being able to bring Indy Cars to our facility," said Tom Drillias, Facility Manager for the State Fair Complex. "The high caliber of these cars and the American IndyCar Series will definitely fill the place. Our race fans are already calling for tickets to get a chance to watch the Indy Cars." Bret Decker, President of Pan American Motorsports, Inc., parent company of the American Indycar Series commented, "We're honored to be asked to bring the Indy Cars to the South, which is the bastion of NASCAR stock car racing." Birmingham International Raceway was home to the infamous "Alabama Gang", part of the core of stock car racing history. Donnie and Bobby Allison, Red Farmer and Buddy Baker were among this historic group of racers who called the Birmingham track their home. All are legends when it comes to American racing, "This place [Birmingham International Raceway] is filled with so much history, it'll be great to add another chapter to this book by having the Indy Cars run at this great track for the first ever Indy Car race in Alabama," commented Bruce Wineburner, G.M. of the Raceway. The Birmingham race will conclude the 1998 American Indycar Series season. The annual American IndyCar Series awards banquet will be held in Birmingham during that race weekend. Jimmy Santos, San Mateo, CA is the current points leader in the series and Joe Truscelli, Colorado Springs, CO is the Rookie driver points leader for the 1998 season.