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Grand Prix of Baltimore tickets to go on sale Dec. 21

Tickets for the third Grand Prix of Baltimore will go on sale to the general public Friday, beating a Christmas deadline originally set by promoter J.P. Grant.

Grant's company, Race On, has added incentives for buying tickets early, guaranteeing a paddock pass — a $45 ticket to enter the garage where racing teams set up for the event — for fans who reserve seats by Jan. 15.

While the best reserved seats will cost $185 for a three-day pass, as they did last year, Race On introduced a new, lower-price reserved option for $90 and lowered general admission tickets by as much as $20 and junior tickets by as much as $30 to try to attract more families.

“We’re pleased to announce an enhanced ticket structure for 2013 that will appeal to casual fans and hard-core racing enthusiasts alike,” Grant said in a news release.

A private sale for fans who purchased reserved seats last year starts today and runs through early January. Information on VIP packages and suites will be released at a later date.

Tickets will be sold at grandprixofbaltimore.com.

The news release announcing the sale notes that grandstand 11, situated on Pratt Street between Eutaw and Howard streets, will not be built this year. It also says that nearby grandstands 12-16 will be three rows shorter. Grant could not be reached to discuss those changes.

Race On agreed to a more limited deal with promoter Andretti Sports Marketing for this year's race and has hired local firms to handle much of the race's marketing. Baltimore's MissionTix is handling ticket sales.

More than 130,000 tickets sold for the second Grand Prix, which Race On rescued after a series of promoters struggled to operate the Labor Day weekend racing festival.

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