Alabama track gets test-run from IndyCar drivers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The IndyCar Series has wrapped up a two-day test session at Barber Motorsports Park with an eye toward possibly returning to the track for an official race as early as the 2010 season.

Barber is one of only two preseason test sites before the circuit's April 5 season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The session that ended Monday was as much a tryout for the track as it was practice for the drivers.

Several drivers praised the facility, which already holds an annual AMA Superbike race and a Grand-Am Road Racing event.

They were also impressed with the number of fans who came out to watch.

Track officials estimated that approximately 10,000 people attended Sunday's seven-hour session about a 30 miles from Talladega Superspeedway.

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