Championship pioneer Sebastien Bourdais is staying centered ahead of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, with the Frenchman right now sat 19 points ahead of Long Beach race victor James Hinchcliffe in the drivers’ championship.
The four-time champion began his 2017 campaign in fine shape by securing victory at the season-opener at St. Petersburg, before ascending through the order at the end of the day to complete on the platform at Long Beach.
“I believe being in the championship lead is an awesome story more than whatever else, yet it doesn’t transform anything in our readiness,” clarified Bourdais, who has never completed higher than eighth at Barber.
“We’re planning like whatever other race, at a track that I particularly enjoy driving at and where the crevice between the cars resembles at Long Beach -, close.”
“We had somewhat of a troublesome test at Barber a month ago, where we weren’t extremely contented with the car and what we attempted didn’t exactly work.
“Be that as it may, we then had an extraordinary test at Sonoma that permitted us to attempt some few things for Barber, and we can hardly wait to at last try those and perceive how they work out.”
In the mean time, Dale Coyne Racing colleague Ed Jones is expecting an extreme weekend around the Barber Motorsports Park, with the rookie on the block planning to call upon his Indy Lights knowledge to help him.
So far Jones has inspired so many the IndyCar enclosures, finishing within the top ten at both St. Petersburg and Long Beach.
“It’s an immaculate begin to the season with two top 10 finishes,” clarified the Dubai-conceived British racer.
“It’s great to have a considerable measure of momentum for the team and myself going ahead.
“Barber will be the principal track that we go to, that we’ve really tried at as of late. Clearly, every other person has additionally done that, however, it gives us more information going in.
“I believe it will be intense. The circuit is one of the hardest on the schedule both physically and technically. There’s a great deal of long-span corners and corners that require a lot of certainties.
“I think my Indy Lights experience ought to help a lot, in any event for track knowledge in specific spots like Barber and just when all is said and done.”
About the honda indy Grand Prix of Alabama
The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama invites race fans from over the state and nation by and by to Barber Motorsports Park this weekend on April 21-23.
The event is the third race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season, and features the greater part of the most surely understood Indy race mind drivers, including Helio Castroneves, recent “Dancing with the Stars” runner-up James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, and past victors Ryan Hunter-Reay,Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud.
Here’s all that you have to know about the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama weekend
What: The eighth yearly Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama weekend
When: The “enormous” race happens on Sun., April 23, with different races and fan events occurring on Saturday and Sunday
Where: Barber Motorsports Park, close Leeds, Ala., a 16-turn 2.3-mile (3.7 km) street course
The weekend incorporates hone sessions, qualifying races and last races in different race series. Doors open every day at 7:30 a.m., and transports rain day by day from 7:30 a.m. until two hours after the last race.
This calendar demonstrates the headliners and last races in every series.
Friday, April 21
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Mx5 Practice
8:45 – 9:05 a.m.USF2000 Qualifying
9:20 – 9:40 a.m. Model Challenge Qualifying
9:55 – 10:25 p.m. Porsche GT3 Practice
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
12:40 – 1:20 p.m. RACE USF2000 Race #1
1:40 – 2:25 p.m. Indy Lights Practice
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. USF2000 All-Driver Autograph Session (INDYCAR Fan Village)
2:45 – 3:10 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Indy Lights All-Driver Autograph Session (INDYCAR Fan Village)
3:45 – 4:30 p.m. RACE Prototype Challenge Race #1
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Driver Autograph Session (INDYCAR Fan Village)
4:45 – 5:25 p.m. Porsche GT3 Practice
5:45 – 6:15 p.m. Parade Laps
Saturday, April 22
8:05 – 8:25 a.m. Porsche GT3 Qualifying
8:40 – 9:10 a.m. Indy Lights Qualifying
9:25 – 9:45 a.m. USF2000 Qualifying
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. RACE Mx5 Race #1
10:00 a.m. Beast Energy KSFMX Freestyle Motocross Show (Lot E by Car Corral)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Wine Down at Indy (TNT Fan Zone)
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. RACE Prototype Challenge Race #2
1:00 – 1:45 RACE Porsche GT3 Race #1
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. RACE Indy Lights Race #1
2:00 p.m. Beast Energy KSFMX Freestyle Motocross Show (Lot E beside Car Corral)
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying
4:45 – 5:25 p.m. RACE USF2000 Race #2
5:40 – 6:25 p.m. RACE Mx5 Race #2
6:40 – 7:10 p.m. Parade Laps
Sunday, April 23
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Indy Lights Qualifying
8:45 – 9:30 a.m. RACE Porsche GT3 Race #2
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Warm Up
10:00 a.m. Beast Energy KSFMX Freestyle Motocross Show (Lot E beside Car Corral)
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wine Down at Indy (TNT Fan Zone)
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 2 Seater and Event Car Rides
11:30 a.m.Monster Energy KSFMX Freestyle Motocross Show (Lot E beside Car Corral)
11:45 – 1:00 p.m. RACE Indy Lights Race #2
1:00 p.m. Beast Energy KSFMX Freestyle Motocross Show (Lot E beside Car Corral)
1:48 p.m.Driver Introductions-Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
2:23 p.m. RACE Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (90 laps) trailed by trophy introductions in Victory Lane
Parking at the event
Friday and Saturday parking is free on-site at the Barber Motorsports Park. Sunday on-site parking is accessible for purchase for both cars and bikes at $25 each.
Free offsite parking is provided on Sunday at The Outlet Shops of Grand River with a short transport ride to the Park.
Concessions will be situated in the Fan Zone, turn 2 and 3, turn 15 and 16, and the enclosure.
Fans can bring coolers into Barber Motorsports Park.
Liquor can be brought into the recreation center and is likewise sold nearby, but is not permitted to be consumed on shuttles.