Verizon IndyCar Series - Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Preview

The Sports NetworkApril 23, 2014 

Date: Sunday, April 27

Start Time: 3:12 p.m. (ET)

Site: Barber Motorsports Park -- Birmingham, Ala.

Track: 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course

Laps: 90

Miles: 214.2


Total purse:


Year: 5th

On TV: NBC Sports Network


On Radio: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite

Race record: Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2013 (110.818 mph)

Qualifying record: Scott Dixon, 2013 (123.999 mph - set in Q1)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Ryan Hunter-Reay

Runner up: Scott Dixon

Pole winner: Ryan Hunter-Reay (123.422 mph)

Top 10:

1. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Start: 1)

2. Scott Dixon (4)

3. Helio Castroneves (6)

4. Charlie Kimball (5)

5. Will Power (2)

6. Simon Pagenaud (13)

7. Marco Andretti (7)

8. Justin Wilson (8)

9. Josef Newgarden (22)

10. Tristan Vautier (3)

Average speed: 110.818 mph

Time of race: 1 hr., 52 min., 4.5450 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.6363 secs.

Caution flags: 1 for 4 laps

Lead changes: 6 among 4 drivers

Past winners

2013 Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevrolet, 110.818

2012 Will Power, Dallara-Chevrolet, 102.081 mph

2011 Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 92.194 mph

2010 Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 106.436 mph

Last race

Race: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (April 13)

Site: Streets of Long Beach -- Long Beach, Calif.

Miles: 157.4

Laps: 80

Finish line order: Mike Conway, Will Power, Carlos Munoz, Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud

Time of Race: 1 hr., 54 mins., 41.6418 secs.

Average speed: 82.362 mph

Margin of victory: 0.9005 secs.

Caution flags: 4 for 18 laps

Lead changes: 6 among 5 drivers

Lap leaders: Ryan Hunter-Reay 1-26; Scott Dixon 27-28; Hunter-Reay 29-53; Ryan Hunter-Reay 1-26; Scott Dixon 27-28; Hunter-Reay 29-53; Josef Newgarden 54; Sebastian Saavedra 55-57; Dixon 58-77; Mike Conway 78-80.

Entry list

#2 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet/Team Penske

#3 Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brazil Chevrolet/Team Penske

#7 Mikhail Aleshin (Moscow, Russia) Honda/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

#8 Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#9 Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#10 Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#11 Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France) Chevrolet/KVSH Racing

#12 Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia) Chevrolet/Team Penske

#14 Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan) Honda/A.J. Foyt Enterprises

#15 Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH) Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

#16 Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain) Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

#17 Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet/KVAFS Racing

#18 Carlos Huertas (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

#19 Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

#20 Mike Conway (Bromley, England) Chevrolet/Ed Carpenter Racing

#25 Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA) Honda/Andretti Autosport

#27 James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada) Honda/Andretti Autosport

#28 * Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ft. Lauderdale, FL Honda/Andretti Autosport

#34 Carlos Munoz (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Andretti-HVM

#67 Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN) Honda/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

#77 Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France Honda/Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

#83 Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#99 Jack Hawksworth (Bradford, England) Honda/BHA/BBM

Leading contenders

Name 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ryan Hunter-Reay 12 14 12 Won
Scott Dixon 2 2 2 2
Helio Castroneves Won 7 3 3
Charlie Kimball 10 25 4
Will Power 4 Won Won 5
Simon Pagenaud 8 5 6
Marco Andretti 5 4 11 7
Tony Kanaan 8 6 21 13
Takuma Sato 25 16 24 14
James Hinchcliffe 24 6 26
Mike Conway 9 22 7
Ryan Briscoe 6 21 14
Juan Pablo Montoya
Carlos Munoz


The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park is the third race on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.

BMS, which opened in 2003, has also hosted Grand-Am Sports Car Series and AMA Superbike Championship races. This course features 80 feet of elevation change that makes its challenging for drivers.

The inaugural IndyCar race at Barber took place on April 11, 2010. Helio Castroneves won that event. His Team Penske teammate, Will Power, has claimed victories there in 2011 and '12.

Power led all 90 laps in the 2011 race.

The 2012 event at Barber featured a track record nine lead changes among five drivers. Power won it from the ninth starting position.

Ryan Hunter-Reay won last year's race at this track. Hunter-Reay, the 2012 IndyCar champion, started on the pole and led a race-high 53 laps but had to hold off Scott Dixon in the closing laps. He beat Dixon to the finish line by just 0.6363 seconds for his 10th career IndyCar victory.

The next IndyCar race is the May 10 inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis held on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2.439-mile road course.

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