Grand Prix Race of Baltimore
written by JYNorflet 9/01/2013
Every race comes down to one important statistic, Who WON !!, and the Grand prix of Baltimore is no exception, This years winner was Simon Pagenaud of France, in first place. American, Josef Newgarden in second, and third place went to Sebastien Bourdais, who also produced the fastest track lap at 91 mph.
From where I sat (Grand stand 15) the track looked to be very bumpy and not exactly friendly to the cars lower aerodynamic body panels. The entire race consisted of 75 laps around a 2.04 mile 12 turn track created on top of a large area of downtown Baltimore’s irregular street surfaces, some of which consisted of tracks used by the city’s active light rail cars.
Early in the race it looked as though the the battle for the winners circle would have been between Scott Dixon, in car number 9, racing for the “Target chip Ganassi” racing team, and the Penske Team driver, Will Power. However, the two battled it out during lap number 52, 2/3 of the way through the race where Power crowded Dixon into the wall shortly after one of several re-starts, prematurely ending Dixon’s chances of winning.
The Sunday afternoon was filled with thrills for race fans as attrition took out several of the major contenders of the BGP. In the end at 2 hours, 16 minutes in first place was Simon Pagenaud in Car number 77, completing the full 75 laps.
2nd place went to Josef Newgarden in car #67
3rd place went to Sebatian Bourdais in car #7
4th place went to Justin Wilson in car # 19
5th place went to Simona de silvestro in car #78,
the only women participant & my daughters favorite.
6th place went to Charlie Kimbal in car #83
7th place went to James Hinchcliffe in car #6
8th place went to Sebastian Saavedra in car #6
9th place went to Helio castroneves in car #3
10th place went to Marco Andretti in car #25
11th place went to Tristian Vautier in car #55
12th place went to Oriol Sevia in car #4
13th place went to EJ Viso Andretti in car #5
14th place went to Ed Carpenter in car #20
15th place went to Tony Kanaan #11
16th place went to Stefan Wilson car #18
17th place went to Graham Rahal in car #15
18th place went to Will Power in car #12
Why show so many positions ? If you finshed, you
should be acknowleged,
The following cars did NOT finish the race:
- Scott Dixon in Car #9 due to contact
- Dario Franchitti in car #10 due to mechanical issues
- Luca Filippi in car #98 due to mechanical issues
- James Jakes in car #16 due to mechanical issues
- Takuma Sato in car #14 due to mechanical issues
Though the Headliner event of the Baltimore weekend was of course the Grand Prix featuring major drivers of open wheel Indy cars, there were 3 other racing events that were also nothing short of exhilarating.
There was the Firestone Indy Lights Race
The ALMS (American Lemans) race
And my personal favorite sub race, The IMSA GT3 Cup race, comprised of Porsche 967’s , all racing around the same 2.04 mile circuit that carried the indy car event. The IMSA (international Motorsports association) GT3 cup challenge by yokohama finished as follows:
1 Madison Snow in car 62
2 Angel Andres Benitez Jr. in car 25
3. Sloan Urry in car 20
4. Michael Mills in car 41
5. Brettt Sandberg in car 46
6. Ashley Freilberg in car
7. Craig Duerson in car 27
8. Mile Maroney
9. Kasey Kuhlman in car 15
10 Colin Thompson in car 14
If and when the Grand prix of Baltimore returns, I will be sure to keep in mind the excitement of watching the colorful, loud yet classy Porsches, both gracefully, and some not so gracefully navigating the hairpin curve at turn 3. I also endorse this race event to anyone who has an interest in cars, racing cars, eating at side walk cafes, shopping along the water way. The incredibly noisy cars, some shifting and popping as they Accelerate towards 120 mph going into turn one down the main straight is about as exciting as it gets, even the most conservative will leave their seats as the group anxiously downshifts and decelerates into the first turn. All of this excitement painted on a canvas back dropped against the Inner Harbor filled with colonial war ships, modern day yachts, the Baltimore science center and the Aquarium.
This was the perfect 3 day weekend vacation with the huge bonus of the Grand Prix and it’s sub race challenges. My camera’s and I had a great time, though it did much more work than I did capturing more than 400+ images. This was everything I thought it be and more.
The next Indy series race will take place on Saturday October 5th, 2013 in Houston, Texas “The Shell Penzoil Grand Prix of Houston – Race 1 Reliant park 1:00pm et
I would like to thank the Examiner.com for assisting with the enhanced access during this fantastic weekend event.
Jerry Norflet for the Examiner.com
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