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March 26, 2009

Barber Misconceptions

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:07 pm

The theme this week is the wrap-up of the Indy Racing pre-season test at Barber hillbillyMotorsports Park outside Birmingham. Be honest. When someone mentions the words ‘racing’ and ‘Alabama’ what comes to mind? Talladega, certainly. NASCAR? Yes. Redneck hillbilly? Perhaps. The impression I got after spending 3 full days in and around the race track and Birmingham was one of friendly, racing-starved fans who support all racing with passion. The people are wonderful. Every single one hillbilly-2I met was enthusiastic.


These pictures are far more representative of basement contributors to Internet forums than racing fans in Alabama.


The track and its wonders have been discussed a lot, but what about the test? Lights look a lot better and it appears the driving pool is deeper. In the Indy Cars, Raphael Matos got hours of seat time, and so did the NHL pilots (but no Milka to be found anywhere). Dan Wheldon kept pushing a little too hard, and I am of the opinion that bodes well for a good season. It would be outstanding to see the Panther folks back in victory lane with regularity. John Barnes looks even healthier than last year.


The Ganassi boys look like they will pick up where they left off and Will Power looks like he has been a Penske driver for years. Both Briscoe and Power look strong.


I really want Kanaan to win Indy.


Here is why there will probably be a race at Barber in the next few years: George Barber wants it. Fans want it. Drivers want it. Honda wants it, and they manufacture minivans just down the road. Both the mayor of Birmingham and the Governor of Alabama were at the track Monday. I believe they will find a way. Hopefully at the expense of the rat infested Belle Isle failure.


St. Pete is right around the corner. Let’s get the party started.


1 Comment »

  1. Hey Defender, wasn’t the picture on the right taken at the last cart ‘event’ at Road America?

    Comment by Robin Miller — March 26, 2009 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

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