Indy car drivers blow off steam ahead of big race weekend at Barber


IRONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) – This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, but there was plenty of action at the track before the races even started. 

CBS 42 joined in on the Alabama Power Junior Clinic on Thursday, where students got to talk to drivers and get an up-close look at the future of transportation.  Robin White, with Alabama Power, told us they want for students to get excited about electric transportation.

“Because they are the ones that are going to be driving these cars, and they are the ones that are going to be perfecting that industry going forward,” White said.  He said they want for the students to plan for the future–and consider careers in related fields.

We also took some time away with the track with Indy Car Series drivers Simon Pagenaud, Jack Harvey, and Max Chilton at Southern Skeet and Trap.

In his spare time, one of Harvey’s habits is shooting.  When event officials caught wind of it, they set up a little time for the three drivers to blow off some steam ahead of the race.  Of course, that’s not what happened.

“Well initially, I thought we were coming to have some fun,” said Harvey, “and then both of them said it was a competition would shouldn’t really be a shock.  But it’s good fun, mate!”

No word on who won the competition between the three — but the ultimate winner will be crowned on the track this weekend.

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