Welcome to a sunny and surprisingly warm barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, AL. I realize we’re three hours due south of Nashville, but I’m surprised how warm it is here. When we left Nashville this morning, it was a chilly 43-degrees. My phone says it is currently 72 here, but it feels much warmer than that. I may have to get rid of the sweatshirt I was wearing this morning.
Archive for the IndyCar Category
This weekend begins the second of our six in-person racing weekends in seven weeks, as Susan and I head down to Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Although there is to be no on-track activity for the Verizon IndyCar Series today, there will be eleven hours of straight on-track activity with all of the various support series that will be on hand; including the Pirelli World Challenge, US F2000, the Mazda Pro Series and of course, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. If you’re at a race track with cars running, that’s a pretty good day in my book.
Well, IndyCar fans finally got their wish this past weekend. Conor Daly was in an IndyCar racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series – if only for one weekend. Through the rumor mill, the likable Hoosier has been linked to every open seat that has come available for the past three seasons. If it were left to fans, Daly would already be an IndyCar veteran at his ripe old age of twenty-three. Fans have been clamoring for a talented American to be added to the series for years.
Cynics will say that yesterday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was a boring race because there was only one yellow and the only pass for the lead all day took place in the pits. I will counter that it was a clean and exciting race throughout the day for that final spot on the podium.
Normally, this is the spot where I preview the upcoming weekend’s race. I’m still going to give my perspective on what to watch for during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach; but I have somewhat of a rant to get off of my chest first.
What do you do on a race day at NOLA Motorsports Park, where it is pouring down rain and the future of the race is uncertain? You don your trusty poncho and head out to see what everyone else is doing to stay dry.
After having a little time to think about the weekend we had in New Orleans and NOLA Motorsports Park – it was really a strange weekend. Like everyone else, I’m curious how the event would have come off had the weather not been a factor.