Brian Alder heads to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham

Submitted by Frank Upton | 04/20/2017

Following his 4th and 2nd place finishes in rounds 1 and 2 at Sebring, Brian Alder heads to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. April 21-22, for rounds 3 and 4 of IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship. He’ll be driving the No. 22 TOP1 Oil MPC car.

The Mazda Prototype Challenge series has never competed at Barber. Given how quick and nimble these cars are, and how the complex 2.38-mile road course rewards those two characteristics, expect a very competitive race.

“The field is really competitive this season,” said Brian. “Hopefully, we can continue our success building on the strong start at Sebring. Like all the other teams, our goal is to be in the running for the Championship. Given our relationship with Top1 Oil, we’d really like to bring them a win. We’re extremely proud of our relationship. Knowing we have a partner whose product actually helps win races, well… that’s a pretty special.”

“Top1 will be with us at Barber, “ added Brian. “They’ll be here meeting with fans and giving out information about their products and the benefits to using Top1 in your daily driver. Like I say, we trust it in the race car, so it has to be good!”

Brian’s No. 22 car will again carry a red livery emphasizing his continued partnership with TOP1 Oil.

The first of the two 45-minute IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda races will take the green flag at 3:45 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 21, while race two takes place Saturday at 12:00 p.m. That race will stream live from 11:50 to 12:45 p.m. CDT on IMSA.TV.

Delayed television coverage of the IMSA Prototype Challenge Races at Barber Motorsports Park will be provided on May 4, 2017 on Fox Sports 2 (FS2). The broadcast will also be available on YouTube 24 hours after it airs on television.

For more information on all IMSA competition - or to access IMSA Radio, which will have live streaming of both races - visit IMSA.com.

For more information about the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda series, visit www.imsa.com, follow hashtags #IMSAPC and #MRT24 @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA on Facebook.

Schedule:

Practice: 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. (CDT) and 4:15 - 4:55 p.m. Thursday, April 20

Qualifying: 9:20 - 9:40 a.m. Friday, April 21

Round 1 (45 minutes): 3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 21

Round 2 (45 minutes): 12:00 -12:45 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Race Coverage:

Live timing: All on-track sessions at scoring.imsa.com and on the official IMSA App for iOS, Android and Windows

Twitter: Live text commentary from all sessions at @IMSALive

TOP 1 Oil

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BAR1 Motorsports

BAR1 Motorsports competes in the WeatherTech Championship and Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Series. The team is located in Plain City, Ohio. Team owner, Brian Alder, has been an active and winning crew chief in the American Le Mans Series, now WeatherTech Championship, since its inception. You can find out more about BAR1 at www.bar1motorsports.com, follow the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bar1Motorsports or Twitter @bar1motorsports

IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda

IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda, an International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Challenge Series, is in its 12th season in 2017. The series provides thrilling action and grooms drivers for future IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition.

Action will be divided into two classes in 2017, blending new and existing IMSA machinery. The LM P3 class will feature LM P3 chassis from as many as six different constructors powered by identical V8 engines. The MPC class will use the existing Élan DP02 chassis powered by Mazda engines that previously comprised the Lites 1 class of the series.

Nine of the 13 rounds on the 2017 schedule will take place during WeatherTech Championship weekends, putting drivers and teams into the brightest sports car racing spotlight in North America. Most event weekends will include a pair of 45-minute sprint races. For more information about Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda, visit www.imsa.com, follow hashtag #IMSAPC @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA on Facebook.

About IMSA

The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) was originally founded in 1969 and owns a long and rich history in sports car racing. Today, IMSA is the sanctioning body of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the premier sports car racing series in North America. IMSA also sanctions the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. IMSA - a company within the NASCAR family - is the exclusive strategic partner in North America with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) which operates the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The partnership enables selected IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competitors to earn automatic entries into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. For more information, visit www.IMSA.com, www.twitter.com/IMSA or www.facebook.com/IMSA.


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