The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was held from April 20-23 2018.The event was originally scheduled to finish up on April 22nd but the final race had to be postponed due to rain. Besides all the different racing series the overall event was packed with many surprises such as Channing Tatum being the Grand Marshall. The annual event is held at the world-class Barber Motorsports Park.
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The Barber Motorsports Park is a 2.38-mile road course that is located in Birmingham, AL. An Indy Car can reach speeds of up to 185mph on this track. There were 34,240 fans in attendance on Saturday which was the most ever in this events history.
The Fan Village was located by trackside and allowed spectators to get hands-on like the pros. Other displays allowed fans to sit in race cars while getting further insight into racing technology.
The Car Corral is a car show that takes place during many Barber events. It is not uncommon to see exotic sports cars and other extreme machinery. Even though the event was plagued by rain, the Car Corral still had an impressive collection of vehicles on display. It rained so much that we actually thought the super boat was about to be launched.
Other racing series that took place during the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
- IMSA Prototype Challenge
- Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup
- Mazda Indy Lights Grand Prix of Alabama
- Porsche GT-3
- Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Alabama
Fans were able to get close to all the race teams and cars in the paddock area. When the Channing Tatum security detail showed up, the star-struck fans gridlocked the area.
The Grand Prix of Alabama was the last race to be scheduled on Sunday. The rain was so intense that the track marshalls called the cars off track several times. The track visibility was so bad that the drivers could only see just a few feet in front of them. Around 5 pm track officials called the race to be postponed the following day with only 18 laps into the Grand Prix.
Die-hard fans did not let the pouring rain stop them from enjoying a day at the races.
Monday, the weather started off perfect for racing but the rain eventually came back. The kind people from Indy Car and Barber did not charge spectators for attending that day. There was an impressive amount of Indy Car fans that made the postponed event.
Teams had to switch to rain tires during the latter part of the race.
Josef Newgarden of Team Penske won the 2018 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama. Josef has won 3 out of the last 4 Indy Car races on this track.
Speical thanks to the following freelance photographers who donated photos!