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Birmingham funding for IndyCar race at Barber not approved

Apr 2, 2013, 7:56 PM EDT

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Financial support from the city of Birmingham, Alabama for this weekend’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park was not approved this afternoon by city officials.

Instead of a proposed plan from Birmingham mayor William Bell that called for a four-year, $1.2 million contract for the annual IZOD IndyCar Series event, the city will make a contribution on “in-kind” services. According to Joseph D. Bryant of AL.com, Bell has withdrawn his original proposal and will return with a plan that provides funding for this year’s Barber race only, which will go on as scheduled.

City funding, which would go toward the race’s sanctioning fees, has been a prickly issue recently, with Bell and Birmingham City Council president Roderick Royal dueling last week over details and the length of Bell’s now-failed contract despite both of them supporting the race itself.

Now Bell plans to request a one-year funding contract of $300,000 later this month. According to his chief of staff, Chuck Faush, the Mayor must wait for at least two weeks to make any funding requests for the race since those had not met required advertised requirements.

“It’s evident that there is support and the council president indicates that he’s supportive of the event,” Faush told AL.com. “We will advertise it and wait two weeks.”

The IZOD IndyCar Series has raced at Barber since the 2010 campaign.

Hat tip goes to Matt Archuleta (@indy44) for the heads-up.

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