Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Written by  April 30, 2019

Presented by: AmFirst

  The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama rolled into the Barber Motorsports Park on April the 5th, and ran thru the 7th, 2019.

  The weekend kicked off as usual, with the Racing For Children's Dinner/Auction Friday night, benefiting Children’s of Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. This dinner is a really big deal, people come dressed to the 9's and bringing their checkbook to shell out some serious donations to Children's of Alabama. Barbers lays out a spread of food that was something short of spectacular, with wine and beer for sale to go with it all, it really got everyone in the right mind set to make donations on all of the wonderful donated items at the silent and live auctions.

 

   Racing kicks off on Saturday morning with the Mazda MX5 qualifying, Formula 3 America's qualifying, Lamborghini Super Trofeo qualifying 1 & 2, and the Porsche GT3 qualifying (which includes the Racing for Children's Car). By the afternoon, we had the "Big Dog's" with NTT Indy Car series practice and qualifying, then it was on to start some of the races.

  Sunday held all the last races excitement for all of them, and as luck (and experience) would have it, Roman DeAngelis, driver of the Racing for Children's Car won the Porsche GT3 race, both races actually, both Saturday & Sunday!! We got to meet proud mom at the winner’s circle; we were proud for him and Children's too!

  New this year to all of the fun things that take place around the park was the Grand Art Fest over in the Hagerty Car Corral area along with the highly anticipated, "Wine Down with Indy" that included a beer garden....man, what you talking about, this was off the hook, had long lines (that moved quickly) making the migration through the tents of the many, many wineries and craft beer vendors in the 2 huge tents. Absolutely, hands down, my favorite place to be that weekend.

 There were a ton of food vendors in the Surgere Fan Zone, paddock area and turn 2, so you didn't have to go far to find something to eat, all weekend long. 

  Takuma Sato with team Rahal/Letterman Lanigan Racing, in a Honda, hailing from Tokyo, Japan, was the winner of Sunday's main event race. What was pretty cool was that David Letterman was actually there, of course there was NOT a big deal made about it before hand, maybe to cut down on the fan mob, but it was kinda cool, he looked like Father Time or something with his long scruffy beard! 

We've never ridden the Tram before so this time we wanted to try that experience of the park so we decided to jump on and ride over to the "Wine Down" tent; at one of the stops along the way, we came across a golf cart that was on fire, not sure how that happened but Damn!