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Barber Motorsports Park’s Leeds, Alabama test track (about 2 hours from Atlanta, Georgia) has now become certified as an approved site for Formula 1 teams to test their cars, but it’s unlikely that Barber will host an F1 race any time soon.
New tracks are required to post a fee of between $25 and $30 million to get the proper certification needed to host a proper Formula 1 race, and neither Barber’s owners nor the state government are willing to fork over the cash (as Texas did to bring the Grand Prix to Austin).
On the other hand, Barber could charge a track rental fee to any team that wanted to test, and with buzz building for the Austin race, having teams test in North America could become a possibility.