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The Hoover Alabama Chamber of Commerce, its staff, members, officers and board members extend a warm welcome to you. We pride ourselves on being one of the South's fastest growing communities, offering new and progressive opportunities every day. Hoover spans almost 50 square miles of territory, involving much of Jefferson County and Shelby County. We promote a healthy business environment, and feature great restaurants, lodging facilities, sporting events, and vacation areas. Click here to read more.

Motor Sports

INDY RACING LEAGUE RACE COMING TO BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK
www.barbermotorsports.com

Barber Motorsports ParkZOOM Motorsports announced today that tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama race weekend and can be purchased online at www.barbermotorsports.com. The three-day weekend that will take place April 24-26, 2015, at Barber Motorsports Park, will again feature the Verizon IndyCar Series, Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda, Pirelli World Challenge Sports Car Series and Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tires.

Barber Motorsports Park and ZOOM Motorsports announced today that the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder will be this year's Grand Marshal for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, held April 24-26, 2015 in Birmingham, Ala. In January, the Tuscaloosa, Ala. native Wilder became the first United States fighter to hold the title of WBC world heavyweight boxing champion since 2006. Muhammad Ali is also amongst the legendary list of names to have won the WBC title.

"The Barber Motorsports Park is the finest road track in North America and deserves an event of this caliber and prestige. We were fortunate to have the assistance of both Governor Riley and Birmingham Mayor Langford, both of whom understand the benefits the IndyCar Series bring to our city and state. This will be the only IndyCar Series race in the deep-south, meaning it is a great tourist draw for the region. Plus, having the automotive world focus on our state enables us to highlight our growing automotive industry," explained Gene Hallman, President of Zoom Motorsports, the Track's exclusive promoter.

Riley In Car "We are thrilled to bring the speed and excitement of the IndyCar Series to Barber Motorsports Park, the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan area and the state of Alabama," said Terry Angstadt, president, commercial division for the Indy Racing League. "Zoom Motorsports and Barber Motorsports Park have already been outstanding hosts of two previous IndyCar Series tests. The nearly two year pursuit to bring IndyCar Series racing to this area only reinforces the professionalism and planning put into this by our newest scheduling partner."

Sponsorship packages are now available for companies large and small. Each package will be customized to meet the specific company's need and may include on-site exposure, hospitality tickets, VIP parking and more. For additional information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Anna Lacy Hale at 205-262-2818 or Clark Virden at 205-262-2823.

About the IndyCar Series:

Featuring racing at a combination of superspeedways, short ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits, the IndyCar Series offers its international lineup of drivers the most diverse challenges in motorsports. The top point scorer is crowned the series champion and receives a $1 million bonus.
Founded in 1994, INDYCAR serves as the sanctioning body for the IndyCar Series. Its first race was the Indy 200 on Jan. 27, 1996, at Walt Disney World Speedway in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (It was won by Buzz Calkins).
These stars drive single-seat, open-cockpit cars that feature a 2.2-liter, twin turbocharged, direct-injected V-6 engine optimized to run at 12,000 RPM with an estimated 500-700 horsepower depending on the turbocharger boost setting. The consumer-relevant engines, which are supplied by Chevrolet and Honda, utilize E85 fuel.
ABC and NBCSN provide comprehensive live, high-definition television coverage of the IndyCar Series in the United States, while ESPN International oversees race coverage to 212 countries. The TV telecasts are complemented by the IMS Radio Network for each event, which includes Sirius XM Satellite Radio and the American Forces Radio Network.
for more information please visit: www.indycar.com.

About Barber Motorsports Park and Zoom Motorsports:

About Barber Motorsports Park and ZOOM Motorsports: Barber Motorsports Park opened in the Spring of 2003. Since its inception, ZOOM Motorsports, LLC has been the exclusive event promoter for the events at the Park. The 2.38-mile racing circuit is 45 feet wide, with 17 turns and elevation changes of more than 80 feet. The Barber Motorsports Park has been considered one of North America's finest road courses for car and motorcycle racing, and has served as the venue for several international product launches. The Barber Motorsports Park also features the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. This 144,000 square-foot facility houses more than 1,400 vintage and modern motorcycles from 17 different nations For more information, please visit: www.barbermotorsports.com

MEDIA CONTACTS

Sarah Knowlton; 205-919-2332; sknowlton@bruunoeventteam.com  Clark Virden; 205-262-2823; cvirden@zoommoto.com  

Barber Motorsports Park

Barber Motorsports ParkOne of Alabama's most exciting attractions is in your back yard. The Barber Motorsports Park lures motorcycle and sports car fans from around the world with races, new car debuts, club events and driving schools. It's also a great place for family fun.

Birmingham businessman George Barber created the 740-acre park to combine his hobbies with his love for his city and state. Barber's $55 million investment is the largest philanthropic project by an individual in Alabama history. The park operates as a non-profit foundation with any earnings going to the foundation.

museumMUSEUM
The 144,000-square-foot Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is home to the largest and best collection of vintage motorcycles in the world. Exhibits are changed periodically so there's always something new to see. Only half of the 850-motorcycle collection is ever on display. Exhibits spiral around a central glass elevator large enough to take cars to any of the five levels.

The museum also houses the world's best collection of Lotus racecars and a 5,000-volume library. Museum space can be rented for meetings and conferences as large as 600 people.
Through fiber-optic technology, the museum's theater can import activity from the race control center that links 24 cameras around the track.

trackTRACK
The 2.3-mile track has been described by many as the finest road course in America - and perhaps one of the best in the world. It is 45-feet-wide with 16 turns and 80 feet of elevation changes. Because the track is built to international motorcycle and automobile specifications, it has the potential to do virtually any kind of road race.

The Bruno Event Team manages and promotes a multitude of spectator events such as the Grand American Road Racing Championship and the AMAs Superbike Series. These events attract hundreds of thousands of spectators annually.

SCHOOL
Each year about 1,300 people come here for performance driving training at the Porsche Driving Experience. Students use 3 5 Porsche 911 Carrera sports cars and 20 Cayenne sports utility vehicles for the twoday course.

ParkPARK
Park-like beauty is as much a part of this facility as the sound of revving engines. Whimsical sculptures accent meticulous landscaping. No grandstands. Visitors view races from their lawn chairs on grassy sites surrounding the track./

Grass parking lots allow easy access to favorite race-watching points while reducing environmental impact. A lake was built to provide water for the park's underground irrigation system and to control storm water runoff.

For more information about Barber Motorsports Park, call the event hotline at (205) 298-9040 or visit http://www.barbermotorsports.com/

CONTACTS:
Anna Lacy Hale - Bruno's Events Team 205-262-2818 alhale@brunoeventteam.com

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