SPM Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: BARBER

Race Fast Facts

  • Verizon IndyCar Series drivers: James Hinchcliffe (No. 5 Arrow Electronics), Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7 SMP Racing)
  • Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires drivers: RC Enerson (No. 7), Andre Negrao (No. 17), Santiago Urrutia (No. 55), Scott Anderson (No. 77)
  • Event title: Honda Grand Prix of Alabama
  • Location: Leeds, AL
  • Track: Barber Motorsports Park, 17-turn, 2.38-mile permanent road course
  • 2016 event counter: The Honda Grand Prix of Alabama is the 4th race (of 16) for the Verizon IndyCar Series, and the 4th and 5th races (of 18) for Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires

Verizon IndyCar Series Track Activity

  • Practice sessions: Friday, April 22 from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. CDT and 3:00-4:15 p.m.; Saturday, April 23 from 11:00-11:45 a.m.
  • Qualifying: Saturday, April 23 from 3:00-4:15 p.m. CDT
  • Race: Sunday, April 24 with pre-race activities beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m. CDT and an estimated green flag at 2:45 p.m.

Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Track Activity

  • Practice sessions: Friday, April 22 from 10:15-10:45 a.m. CDT and 5:25-5:55 p.m.
  • Qualifying: Saturday, April 23 from 8:00-8:30 a.m. CDT
  • Race 1: Saturday, April 23 from 12:00-1:15 p.m. CDT
  • Race 2: Sunday, April 24 from 12:20-1:10 p.m. CDT

Broadcast Information

  • TV race broadcast (USA): NBC Sports Network
  • Race broadcast (radio): IMS Radio Network, XM 209 and Sirius 212

IndyCar Quotes:

James Hinchcliffe (No. 5)

“Barber is a great track to drive Indy cars around. We had a really good test there earlier in the year, and coming off a solid performance for the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car in Long Beach, we are hoping to keep the momentum going forward for another strong result.”

Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7)

“Barber is a great and very technical race track. It’s a classic road course. I’m very happy to be back on it with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the No. 7 SMP Racing car.”

Indy Lights Quotes:

RC Enerson (No. 7)

“We were super quick in testing at Barber Motorsports Park and it was also the place that I got my first Indy Lights podium last year, so you can definitely say I’m excited to go back! I’ve had a ton of success there in the past and I’m looking to repeat that this time around.”

Andre Negrao (No. 17)

“This weekend at Barber, I will give 100 percent to reach the podium and earn us some good points for the championship. During the test, we made some good strides with the car’s setup. I love the circuit I’m confident that it should be a good weekend for us.”

Santiago Urrutia (No. 55)

“I’m going strong to Barber. We were the quickest during our pre-season testing there and we were also pretty quick during the last two race weekends. If we can put everything together and still improve our qualifying, I’m sure we will have a great weekend there.”

Scott Anderson (No. 77)

“Since missing out on the last race in Phoenix, I’m eager to get back in the car. Barber is one of the more technically difficult tracks we go to, and one of my favorites. We left St. Pete with some positive direction to focus on heading into this weekend. If I can keep focused on the right areas to improve I think we’ll be able to pick up the little bits of speed we need to be at the front.”

Team Social Media

Twitter: @SPMindycar

Instagram: @SPMindycar

Facebook: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

SnapChat: @SPMindycar

Periscope: @SPMindycar

Driver Social Media

James Hinchcliffe

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Twitter – @hinchtown & @HinchOnTrack

Facebook – Hinchtown

Instagram – @hinchtown

Mikhail Aleshin

Twitter – @MikhailAleshin

Facebook – Mikhail Aleshin

RC Enerson

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Twitter – @RCenerson

Facebook – RC Enerson Racing

Instagram – @RCenerson

Santiago Urrutia

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Twitter – @Santi_Urrutia

Facebook – Santiago Urrutia Oficial

Andre Negrao

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Twitter – @NegraoAndre

Facebook – Andre.Negrao

Instagram – @anegrao

Scott Anderson

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Twitter – @ScottDKAnderson

Facebook – Official Scott Anderson Racing

Instagram – @scanders01

Heamin Choi

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Twitter – @HeaminChoi

Instagram – @HeaminChoi

Facebook – HeaminChoi

Fan Opportunities

  • Verizon IndyCar Series autograph session with James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin: Saturday, April 23 from 1:15-2:00 p.m. CDT in the INDYCAR Fan Village.
  • Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires autograph session with RC Enerson, Santiago Urrutia, Andre Negrao and Scott Anderson: Saturday, April 23 from 2:30-3:00 p.m. CDT in the INDYCAR Fan Village.

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