Baltimore's WBFF-TV Fox 45 will produce a 30-minute special to air the Thursday before this year's third edition of the Grand Prix of Baltimore.
According to a news release from race organizers, the show will offer live interviews and behind-the-scenes features related to the weekend of racing. It is scheduled to air Thursday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Racing begins Friday, with the IndyCar race Sunday afternoon.
"We're proud to offer our audience comprehensive coverage of this signature Baltimore event," Bill Fanshawe, general manager at WBFF, said in a statement.
Race On LLC, which rescued the event from a financial quaqmire four months before last year's race, has said it is focused on making this year's event more family friendly. It plans to move the "Family Fun Zone" inside the Baltimore Convention Center, where it is cooler (and quieter). Organizers are also hoping to attract a broader audience by hiring more recognizable music acts and hosting an all-you-can-eat crab feast.
While Baltimore's race is clearly in a better position than it was a year ago, IndyCar continues to struggle. Television ratings for this year's Indianapolis 500 -- the series' lone event to garner mainstream attention -- sank to 3.8, the lowest in 26 years of live broadcasts. The circuit is also still searching for an executive to lead its racing division after firing Randy Bernard after last season.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun