Notes from Winterfest at Barber Motorsports Park
I've been Barber Motorsports Park (Barber) at least half of a dozen times, and each and every trip I'm equally impressed at how beautiful the facility is. They are also continually making improvements and additions. As part of a $4 million expansion of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, they are building a bridge from the back of the museum to the infield inside of the Turn 8 and Turn 9 area. The structure will include viewing decks on both sides of the bridge and also garden seating on the museum side of the track.
The Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire drivers and teams were scheduled to test at the track this week but the cold weather scrapped that plan. Indy Lights will be back at Barber on March 3rd for a full day of testing. Let's hope they have better weather.
Aitken Edges Tan to Cooper Tires Winterfest Title by the Slimmest of Margins
Just as Team Pelfrey's Jack Aitken predicted following the first two rounds of the Cooper Tires Winterfest at NOLA Motorsports Park last week, the outcome of the pre-season mini-series went all the way down to the wire. The first of three scheduled races at Barber Motorsports Park was cancelled yesterday due to inclement winter weather, but today's action could hardly have been hotter. In the end, the title was decided in favor of Aitken by virtue of the fact he posted the fastest lap of the race in this afternoon's double-points, 17-lap finale. It was enough to ensure a one-point margin over Malaysian Weiron Tan, who gained the consolation of winning this afternoon's final encounter for Andretti Autosport.