King hopeful ahead of Barber Motorsports Park debut

Back-to-back race weekends for Jordan King will see him head to the 2.38-mile permanent road course of Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama, for the fourth round of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Jordan marks his first race weekend at Barber this weekend after he joined teammate, Spencer Pigot, in an open test at Barber last month, but the day was abbreviated by rain. The 24-year-old rookie will be competing in his first Indy car road course race for Ed Carpenter Racing after two street races in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.

In King’s Indy car debut last month in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, he set the track record, made the Firestone Fast 6 during qualifying and took the lead of the race in only the fifth lap.

Most recently, King tackled the streets of Long Beach last Sunday. King advanced again in qualifications for Long Beach and started 12th. Jordan raced his way up to fourth in only his second Indy car race, but an unscheduled pit stop to repair malfunctioning brakes caused him to fall off the lead lap. Despite the promising start to his day, Jordan came home in 18th place which has left the young Brit hungry for a positive result this weekend.

“Hopefully, I can carry over the speed we’ve had so far this year but convert it into a solid result in Barber! We’ve been fast in both of my races so far, but unfortunately don’t have much to show for it. We had a test at Barber last month, though we didn’t get much running in. There will be a lot to learn on both my side and the engineering side that will take a lot of time and energy, but we’re up for the challenge.”

All Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama practice sessions will be shown via a live stream on IndyCar.com. NBC Sports Network will carry qualifications from 4-5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 21. The 90-lap race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, beginning at 3 p.m. ET. on Sunday, April 22.