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Honda Indy Grand Prix secures record race-attendance, Birmingham funds unpaid

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The weekend's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was record setting.

The Barber Motorsports Park saw the highest attendance numbers for Sunday's race, over its four-year history. Almost 58,000 people showed up.

Over the entire weekend, more than 83,000 race fans made their way to the Birmingham raceway.

Meanwhile, the Birmingham City Council still has not approved $300,000 for this year's race.

The race hosts, Zoom Motorsports, pay more than $2 million in sanctioning fees to bring Indy to the Magic City. Birmingham's funding would help offset Zoom's costs.

Tuesday, the City Council will consider approving the money for this year's race.

The item had previously been held up, partly because some councilors took issue with a 4-year-deal.

Mayor William Bell has suggested paying for what Birmingham already promised Zoom and revisiting the matter later.  

The contract extension between Zoom Motorsports and the Honda Indy Grand Prix has been announced.

The annual race will remain in Birmingham at least until 2016.

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