Lots to do at Alabama's inaugural Grand Prix races

By Melanie Posey

LEEDS, AL (WBRC) - Even if you're not a race fan, there is lots to do at this weekend's Grand Prix races.

This is the first time the races have been held in Birmingham.  More than 50,000 are expected to attend the event at the Barber Motorsports Park.  

Organizers say it is important for fans to know free parking will be at the Birmingham Race Course.  A 12-minute shuttle will run continuously, taking fans to the park's main entrance.  

From there, they'll be able to ride a tram to different spots around the park, including the grassy hills where most seating is.   

In between races, there is plenty for fans to do, including a stop at the Fan Zone, where you can buy merchandise or let the children enjoy the Kids Zone, complete with inflatable rides.  

Gene Hallman, head of the Bruno Event team which is organizing the event, said tickets were sold in 40 states and six countries.  He said early studies showed a possible economic impact to the region of as much as $30,000.

"But I think the biggest benefit is this is an image enhancement for Birmingham," Hallman said.  "This event will be televised in more than 100 countries and that's a very positive thing."

For more information, visit the Barber Motorsports Park online at www.barbermotorsports.com.

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