Barber Motorsports Park is home to a 2.38-mile (3.83 km), 17-turn road course that was designed by Alan Wilson. It is viewable from the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, as well as from the naturally-wooded or grass-covered banks surrounding it.
The road course is 45 feet wide and is designed to be run clockwise. The layout is compact, with elevation changes of more than 80 feet. The pit lane is to the outside of the course, parallel to the front straightaway. The pit wall is on the driver’s left. Two cutoff turns, which are barricaded when not in use, allow the course to be shortened for testing sessions or promoters’ events. An entryway underneath the course at Turn 12 allows emergency and maintenance vehicles access to the infield area.
The area outside of the front straightaway, bounded by the course on three sides, is occupied by a multi-level paddock. A building along the front straightaway, between start/finish and Turn 1 houses support facilities for promoter-conducted events.
Promoters provide spectator areas along the back straightaway, between Turn 8 and Turn 11. Here spectators can watch from embankments or from temporary grandstands erected by event promoters. Additional spectator areas are located outside of Turns 2, 3, and 14. There is generally no spectator access to the infield. An event-related RV parking and camping area is located atop a hill behind the paddock.
Promoters and other professional organizations have hosted a variety of races throughout the years, including Grand Am, the Pirelli World Challenge, Vintage Racing Series events, and the Verizon IndyCar Series. Barber Motorsports Park and the road course located within it serve as home to the North American Porsche Driving School and various track-day events.
Barber Motorsports Park has always been admired for its landscaping and golf-course-like greens. Once you’ve visited this unique southern destination, you’ll understand why people call it “The Augusta National of Motorsports.”