Michael Jackson's Ferris wheel coming to Leeds

Michael Jackson's Ferris wheel coming to Leeds

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LEEDS, AL (WBRC) -

Would you like to ride on a Ferris wheel once owned by Michael Jackson?

You'll have your chance next weekend as part of the race experience for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

Most of the fans at Barber Motorsports Park next weekend will be there to see Indy cars flirting with 200 mph on one of the world's best open-wheel racing tracks.

But just behind the track in what will be known as the Red Diamond fan zone will be an attraction that may rival the race for fans attention--the Ferris wheel that once spun at the Neverland Ranch.

"A local concessionaire that has been a vendor here for years owns the Ferris wheel and takes it around the country and contacted us last year after we had a Ferris wheel at the IndyCar event and said, 'Hey I have one you might be interested in,' and sure enough, we were," said Rick Humphrey, VP of Zoom Motorsports, the race promoter.

Humphrey says this is part of their plan to make the race experience more than just about cars.

"We're all about making our activities go above and beyond what happens on the racetrack," Humphrey said. "We have no reason to believe that's the best the fans will see."

But bringing a ride once ridden by the king of pop?

"We feel like it's an opportunity to bring families out and enjoy the day at the Barber Motorsports Park," Humphrey said.

If you want to ride the famous Ferris wheel for yourself, you'll need a ticket to the race and $5 per person to ride it. Part of that money will go to the Legacy fund, a charitable organization.

Rides start when the gates open at 8 a.m. next Friday and run through Sunday.

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