Verizon IndyCar Series Returns to Barber Motorsports Park

Race Broadcast

Sunday, April 27

2:30 p.m. (ET)

NBCSN (Live)

 

Qualifying Broadcast

Sunday, April 27

1 a.m. (ET)

NBCSN (Taped)

 

Track

Barber

Motorsports Park

(17-turn, 2.38-mile road course)

 

Distance

90 laps/214.2 miles

 

Radio

IMS Radio Network XM 211/Sirius 211;
www.indycar.com; INDYCAR 14 app

 

2013 Race Winner

Ryan Hunter-Reay

 

2013 Polesitter

Ryan Hunter-Reay

 

Track Record

1:06.7750 (123.999 mph)

Scott Dixon

April 2013

 

First Verizon IndyCar Series event

4/11/2010

Power looks to continue hot streak

With back-to-back top-two finishes to start the 2014 season, Team Penske’s Will Power leads the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings as the series heads to Barber Motorsports Park. Power has won the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama twice. Can he continue his strong start to the 2014 season by scoring another win at Barber?

 

Dixon off to strong start in title defense

Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon has shown he’s a contender to repeat as Verizon IndyCar Series champion. The New Zealand native has finished second in the previous four races at Barber and came within a few laps of scoring a win at Long Beach. Can Dixon continue his strong start to 2014 and finally claim his first victory at Barber?

Conway aims for back-to-back victories

Mike Conway was a surprise winner at Long Beach, inheriting the lead with three laps remaining and returning Ed Carpenter Racing to the winner’s circle. Now, the Englishman looks for another milestone – helping the team win its first entrant championship. Can Conway win again and help the team stay near the top of the standings?

 

Hunter-Reay looks to get back to Victory Lane

Ryan Hunter-Reay broke Team Penske’s win streak at Barber Motorsports Park with his win in the 2013 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Can Hunter-Reay repeat in Alabama and join Will Power as the race’s only multiple winner?

 

Team Penske looks to continue Barber domination

Team Penske has won three of the previous four Verizon IndyCar Series races at Barber Motorsports Park and team owner Roger Penske will look to add another trophy to his team’s collection during the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama with three strong cars that dominated the Open Test at the track in March. Helio Castroneves won the inaugural race in 2010, while Will Power has won races at Barber in 2011-12. Can one of the two or newcomer Juan Pablo Montoya score another win in Alabama?

 

Montoya look to pick up where he left off

Juan Pablo Montoya is still adapting to his return to Indy car racing, but a fourth-place finish at the streets of Long Beach shows the former champion doesn’t have that much more rust to shake off. Montoya, the 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner, claimed his first NASCAR pole at Talladega. Can he achieve another Alabama milestone and get back to winner’s circle this weekend?

Andretti looking to move up

After finishing a career-best fifth in the 2013 standings, Marco Andretti is looking to finish with a championship for the first time in his career. Driving for his father Michael’s team, Marco hopes to add to his family’s storied racing history in 2014.

The Ganassi-Andretti engine swap

Chip Ganassi has a habit of shaking things up for his team on a regular basis. This year, his Verizon IndyCar Series team switched to the Chevrolet engine. Meanwhile, Andretti Autosport, which won the 2012 championship with Chevrolet power and driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, has made the move to Honda. Although Honda and Chevy ended up nearly equal in terms of race wins in 2013 (Will Power’s victory in the season finale tipped the balance in favor of Chevy, 10-9), Scott Dixon won the championship with Honda. For the first time since INDYCAR’s 2.2-liter turbo V-6 specification was introduced, Honda will utilize twin turbochargers.

Generation Next

James Hinchcliffe, Simon Pagenaud and Charlie Kimball all scored their first win in 2013, finished top 10 in the championship standings and established themselves as the next stars of the sport. Will 2014 be the year a new, young star becomes a champion?

Home-grown heroes

The Verizon IndyCar Series features a group of home-grown drivers who represent the stars and stripes in the most diverse series in motorsports. Former series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, race winners Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter, Charlie Kimball and Graham Rahal and rising star Josef Newgarden all worked their way up the American open-wheel ladder to reach the Verizon IndyCar Series.

All-American effort

Second-generation driver Graham Rahal will look to return Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing to victory lane sporting the colors of the Army National Guard. Can he fulfill the promise he showed early in his career with another strong performance at Barber.

Briscoe returns to Chip Ganassi Racing stable

Ryan Briscoe returns to the team where he started in Verizon IndyCar Series career – Chip Ganassi Racing. The Australian, who has seven wins to his credit, will drive the No. 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, renewing the relationship that began at the Indianapolis 500 in 2013. How will Briscoe fare in his second go-around with Chip Ganassi Racing?

 

Race Notes:

  • The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be the fifth Verizon IndyCar Series event conducted at Barber Motorsports Park.
  • Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power are the only drivers to have won at Barber Motorsports Park.  Castroneves won the inaugural race in 2010, Power won the race in 2011 and 2012 and Hunter-Reay won in 2013. All three are entered in this year’s race.
  • Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power are the only drivers to have won the pole position at Barber Motorsports Park. Power claimed the pole position both 2010 and 2011, Castroneves won the pole in 2012 and Hunter-Reay won the pole in 2013
  •   Two drivers have won the race from the pole – Will Power in 2010 and Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2013.

·    Eighteen (18) drivers entered in the event have competed in Verizon IndyCar Series races at Barber Motorsports Park. Eight of those drivers led laps: (Will Power 133, Helio Castroneves 73, Marco Andretti 58, Ryan Hunter-Reay 53, Scott Dixon 38, Charlie Kimball 3, James Hinchcliffe 1and Graham Rahal 1).

  •   Thirteen drivers have competed in every Indy car race at Barber - Marco AndrettiHelio CastronevesSimona De SilvestroScott DixonDario FranchittiRyan Hunter-Reay,Tony KanaanWill PowerGraham RahalTakuma SatoAlex TaglianiE.J. Viso andJustin Wilson. Nine of those drivers are entered this year.
  • At least five drivers will compete in their first Verizon IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park: Mikhail Aleshin, Jack Hawksworth, Carlos Huertas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Carlos Munoz. Munoz and Hawksworth competed on the track in Indy Lights with Munoz winning the 2013 race.
  • Team Penske has three wins at Barber Motorsports Park. Andretti Autosport is the only other team to win at the track.
  • Firestone, a brand known for performance and innovation, recognizes teamwork at the highest level with the Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award.  For each Verizon IndyCar Series event this year, with the exception of the Indianapolis 500-mile race, the team with the shortest amount of accumulated time on pit lane will be awarded $10,000. During doubleheader events, the winning teams will be awarded $5,000 per race. INDYCAR shall determine the recipient following the conclusion of the race. The No. 12 Verizon Team Penske crew won the Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with a total pit lane time of 75.89 seconds, as driver Will Power finished second in the race. Verizon Team Penske will receive the award during pre-race festivities at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

Season to Date:

  • Will Power won the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. It was the 22nd win of his Indy car career, tying Tony Bettenhausen and Emerson Fittipaldi for 19th all time.
  • Mike Conway won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the second time in his career. It was his third Indy car win.
  • Mikhail Aleshin, Jack Hawksworth and Carlos Huertas started their first career Verizon IndyCar Series race at St. Petersburg.
  • There were four race leaders and seven lead changes in the season-opening race at St. Petersburg.

Milestones & Records:

  • Should Scott Dixon win the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship, he will join A.J. FoytDario FranchittiSebastien Bourdais and Mario Andretti as the only drivers to win four Indy car titles in his career. Foyt won seven championships in his career, while Andretti, Bourdais and Franchitti each won four titles.
  • With his next victory, Scott Dixon will tie Al Unser Jr., for sixth on the all-time wins list. Dixon, the active leader for wins, won his 33rd race at Houston’s Reliant Park in October 2013.
  • With a victory in 2014, Scott Dixon will extend his streak of consecutive seasons with a win to 10.
  • Will Power‘s win at St. Petersburg extended his streak of consecutive seasons with a win to eight.
  • With his next victory, Sebastien Bourdais will move into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time wins list. Bourdais is tied with Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy with 31 wins.
  • With his next victory, Helio Castroneves will tie Rick Mears for 11th place on the all-time wins list. Castroneves won his 28th race at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8, 2013.
  • Helio Castroneves needs two earned poles to reach 40 career poles in his Indy car career. Castroneves is the active leader with 38 pole positions.
  • With one pole in 2014, Scott Dixon will extend his Verizon IndyCar Series streak to eight consecutive seasons.
  • Tony Kanaan will attempt to make his 218th  consecutive start, which would extend his all-time record. Scott Dixon with 159 straight starts (sixth all time), Marco Andretti with 135 straight starts (13th all time) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (19th all time) with 109 straight starts are the only active drivers with a streak of more than 100 consecutive starts.
  • Helio Castroneves is the active leader in starts with 279, which is eighth on the all-time list.
  • Tony Kanaan has 278 starts, which is ninth on the all-time list.
  • Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves are the active leader in top-five finishes with 112, which is tied with Bobby Unser for eighth on the all-time list.

At-Track Schedule (all times local):

Friday, April 25

10-10:45 a.m. - Verizon IndyCar Series practice #1

2-2:45 p.m. - Verizon IndyCar Series practice #2

SaturdayApril 26

10-10:45 a.m. - Verizon IndyCar Series practice #3

2 -3:10 p.m. - Verizon IndyCar Series Pole Qualifying for the Verizon P1 Award (knockout qualifying and Firestone Fast Six format), NBCSN (Taped, 1 a.m., April 27)

 

Sunday, April 27

9:45-10:15 a.m. - Verizon IndyCar Series warm-up

1 p.m. - Verizon IndyCar Series pre-race

2:12 p.m. ­- Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (90 laps/214.2 miles), NBCSN (Live)