TRACK: Barber Motorsports Park (2.38-mile, 16-turn road course), DISTANCE: 90 Laps (214.2 Miles)
This will mark the 11th year that the NTT IndyCar Series has visited the scenic Alabama facility, but the first since 2019 though. See, last year’s race was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the race is back, this time it will be serving as the season opener at that.
- Honda won the 1st couple of years at Barber, but they’ve won just twice over the last eight. That’s all due to Honda being the sole engine provider for the series in those opening two years of action at Barber. Chevrolet is 6-for-8 on the track but it was a Honda who won the last time out.
- The pole winner has won this race in 3 of the last 4 years.
- 8 of the 10 INDYCAR races at Barber has been won by a top five starter.
- All 10 races have been won from a driver coming from a top 10 starting spot.
- Penske has won 3 of the last 4 years and 6 of the 10 overall.
- We’ve seen just 2 or fewer cautions in 5 straight years including 8 of the 10 overall.
TRACK COMPARISONS/WHO’S BEEN GOOD ON THEM
While a road course is a road course, Barber is most comparable though to Mid-Ohio, Road America, Portland and Laguna Seca. Toronto, Long Beach and St. Pete are street circuits run on city streets. These other road courses are all natural free flowing terrain with some elevation changes. If you’re good at one, you’re more than likely good at the others.
Last year, Penske and Ganassi each won three times on these types of circuits. Andretti Autosport won the other. Scott Dixon won twice so did Will Power.
If you go back to 2019, we’ve had 14 different races on natural road courses with eight different winners. Power, Dixon and Herta are all the best with three wins a piece. No one else has more than one.
Penske has won five times with Ganassi and Andretti each with four trips to victory lane on them. RLL is the only other team to have won a natural road course event since 2019 as it came on this very track.