Racing fans can see IndyCar and NASCAR for 1 price

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Jonathan Hardison

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It's not quite a 2 for 1 deal, but it's pretty close. Race fans who want to see IndyCar and NASCAR racing can do both in the metro area for around 100 bucks. A new ticket package will allow race fans 1 ticket to the IndyCar race at Barber MotorSports Park and the NASCAR race at Talladega for $99.

Next month in the Birmingham area will be the first time an IndyCar and NASCAR race have been in the same place on 2 consecutive weekends and the race promoters say that was too good of an opportunity to pass up. "We're selling it and selling it well," said race promoter Gene Hallman of Bruno Event Team.

Hallman says the 1 price for tickets to 2 races deal has already sold thousands of packages to out of town race fans.

"They find it intriguing that they can watch the finest open-wheel racing in this country at the Barber Motorsports Park, and then NASCAR racing at their fastest track, Talladega, in the span of 7 days," Hallman said. "In those intervening days if we can get them to stay at our hotels, play golf on the trail, or eat at our restaurants, we'll have succeeded, and by all indications there are thousands of people coming to town to take advantage of this very unique offer."

"If it's both races for $99 is that just for a single person? Well, I guess it would entice me because that just seems like a better deal," said self-described casual fan Joseph Meggs.

"I think it would be (a good idea)," said Leeds native Denise Jackson. "For 1, it will get more people out. Have more people out into the area that haven't even been to Leeds, it'll loosen up the economy, also. So I think it'll be a good idea."

"Yeah, sounds like a good deal, and I like cars, so yeah, I'll probably go, I'll probably take some people, to," said Juan Barrago, another racing fan.

Hallman says each race brings more than $30 million in economic impact to the area and he thinks the 2 for 1 deal will increase that figure by a couple million for each weekend.

To buy the ticket package you can go to either track's website:

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