How do IndyCar drivers feel about the straights, curves and crowds at Barber Motorsports Park? The News-Aegis asked a few recently – pictured from left are James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Josef Newgarden – here's what they said.
“From a driver’s point of view, the track is amazing. All the elevation and blind corners are what makes it great for a driver. It really lets us stretch our legs in these Indy Cars. It’s super hard on tires, which is bad for us, but it’s great for you guys because it makes the racing better when everything goes off the rails.”
“There are a lot of corners that are falling away and depressions, so the cars vary in grip level. It can catch you by surprise. It’s also one of most physical tracks because of the G-loading. Some corners are almost 4Gs, and we don’t have power steering. All that makes it really, really tough to get consistent lap times out of our cars.”
“First off, Barber is in a great area. I love Birmingham; I love coming to Alabama. And I love this circuit because of some of the ways that it’s built. It’s a fun, fast-flowing track that’s very difficult to drive. It’s a technical, twisty track that’s always moving. I think our top speed is 180 mph, and the lowest is turn 5 at about 60 mph.”
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