If you have not heard, as of June 2, 2010, the city of Baltimore will host the Baltimore Grand Prix beginning next year. Here is an AP like release of the event that should touch on all the basic facts:
Baltimore Racing Development (BRD) formally announced that the Baltimore Grand Prix will be part of the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule beginning next August 5-7 and will be contested on a temporary 2.4 mile street circuit around the Inner Harbor. The announcement follows unanimous approval of both a Baltimore City Council resolution and a vote of the Maryland Stadium Authority to formally support BRD’s efforts to pursue bringing an IndyCar Series race to Baltimore. The event will be an annual fixture on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule for at least five years due to multi-year contracts with the Indy Racing League and City of Baltimore.
Should Baltimoreans be ecstatic? Should we even care? As the Mayor stated June 2nd, this is a game changer for the city. The mayor went on to say, “……this street race will change the way the world sees Baltimore as a result of global media exposure to millions of Indy Racing League fans who attend similar events in San Paulo, Long Beach and St. Petersburg.”
Racin’ Today – one of the premier sites devoted to motorsports - bills the event as a combination of racing and festivities that will begin Friday morning and culminate on Sunday with the race. The event will be billed as a “three-day festival of speed,” with organizers planning a variety of non-racing activities such as a family fun zone, go-karting, beer gardens, extreme sports demonstrations and professional beach volleyball. Live music will be available all weekend, from local artists performing throughout the day to nationally-known acts in the evenings.
Projections, using similar events in Long Beach and St. Petersburg, estimate about 100,000 visitors to the city, 400 jobs created, and somewhere in the vicinity of $70 million in revenue. That’s good. With an international flair and downtown accessible venue, I introduce the Baltimore Grand Prix as the new and improved Preakness. “How will you get your Prix On!”
For more information go to http://www.racintoday.com/archives/18273