The overall support for this event has been outstanding over the past six years. Grand-Am has continually been a great partner with the Park, and we’re thrilled to have both Porsche and Bradley Arant return as title and presenting sponsors.
Birmingham, AL (Vocus) July 15, 2008
The Grand-Am Road Racing Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 returns to Barber Motorsports Park for the 6th annual Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant July 18-20, 2008. The weekend will feature Grand-Am’s Rolex Series and KONI Challenge Series, as well as the Ford Mustang Challenge Series and the BF Goodrich Skip Barber National Series.
Also included in the weekend’s event schedule is the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series. Making its debut at Barber Motorsports Park, this endurance motorcycle series includes three distinct motorcycle classes and will feature timed qualifying on Saturday and a 500K race on Sunday. This weekend’s competition features the fourth of seven rounds for the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series.
Movie and television actor Patrick Dempsey, star of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, will return to Barber Motorsports Park to compete against Grand-Am's best Rolex Series racers throughout the weekend. This is Dempsey’s sixth start in the No. 40 Hyper Sport Mazda RX-8 that he co-drives with Joe Foster.
“With six different series including four and two-wheel racers, this event should prove to be the most action-packed weekend in the history of Barber Motorsports Park,” said Clark Virden, Marketing Director of Zoom Motorsports. “The overall support for this event has been outstanding over the past six years. Grand-Am has continually been a great partner with the Park, and we’re thrilled to have both Porsche and Bradley Arant return as title and presenting sponsors.”
Scott Pruett and Alex Gurney will also be competing at the event. Both were involved in the closest finish in Rolex Series history when Pruett sling-shot Gurney on the final lap at Daytona to win by .08 seconds. Gurney is the defending winner of the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant, returning with Jon Fogarty in the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Pontiac Riley.
Ticket prices range from $20 to $45 and are available on http://www.barbermotorsports.com or by calling 1-800-240-2300. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Additional attractions include the expanded Fan Zone featuring both a variety of industry vendors and a Chick-fil-A Kid Zone on Saturday, as well as the return of the Car Corral.
The Porsche 250 for the Rolex Sports Car Series race begins at 2 p.m. (CST) and is televised live on SPEED. For additional event information, including schedule of events and ticket prices, visit http://www.barbermotorsports.com.
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 track is 45 feet wide, with 16 turns and elevation changes of more than 80 feet. Barber Motorsports Park has been considered one of North America’s finest road courses for car and motorcycle racing. The Barber Motorsports Park also features the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. This 144,000 square-foot facility houses more than 1,000 vintage and modern motorcycles from 17 different nations and more than 125 manufacturers.
The Grand American Road Racing Association, which operates and sanctions the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 and the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series, is the premier road racing organization in North America. The 15-race 2008 Rolex Series and the 11-race KONI Challenge Series calendars deliver professional sports car racing to key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the U.S. and Canada on SPEED and distributed globally through ESPN International. Learn more about Grand-Am at http://www.grand-am.com.
Rose Kausler, Media and Public Relations, Zoom Motorsports
205.441.5815, rkausler @ zoommoto.com
For additional Grand-Am information, contact:
J.J. O’Malley, Communications Manager, 386.681.6910, jjomalley @ grand-am.com
Trish Wieland, Communications Manager, 386.681.6130, twieland @ grand-am.com
Michael Harker, Public Relations Coordinator, 386.681.6379, mharker @ grand-am.com