Alabama track gets test-run from IndyCar drivers

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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.