Grand Prix winner Simon Pagenaud 'sad' race won't be returning to Baltimore

Grand Prix winner Simon Pagenaud 'sad' race won't be returning to Baltimore

Simon Pagenaud, winner of the 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore, is lamenting that the race won't return.

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Saying goodbye to Baltimore once again

Saying goodbye to Baltimore once again

Welcome back to the final installment of my blog for The Baltimore Sun surrounding the Grand Prix of Baltimore. I hope you were able to get to the race and enjoy yourself while you were here. I met a lot of people who were doing just that.

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Grand Prix impact felt beyond racetrack

Grand Prix impact felt beyond racetrack

The whine of Grand Prix's race cars carried across the Inner Harbor this weekend as Roland Keh stood on the steps of his Little Italy restaurant, surveying a deserted street.

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Simona De Silvestro caps 25th birthday with best finish in almost three years

Simona De Silvestro caps 25th birthday with best finish in almost three years

Simona De Silvestro’s 25th birthday Sunday was one reason to celebrate. But the 24-year-old native of Thun, Switzerland gave herself another reason by scoring her best finish in almost three years.

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Stefan Wilson finishes 16th in IndyCar Series debut at Grand Prix of Baltimore

Stefan Wilson finishes 16th in IndyCar Series debut at Grand Prix of Baltimore

In his first foray in the IZOD IndyCar Series, Stefan Wilson finished 16th at the Grand Prix of Baltimore on Sunday. It was a decent showing for the 24-year-old native of Woodall, England, who drove the No. 18 car.

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Power outage spoils Ryan Hunter-Reay's bid to become first two-time Grand Prix winner

Power outage spoils Ryan Hunter-Reay's bid to become first two-time Grand Prix winner

If there was one driver feeling confident about his chances at Sunday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore, it might have been Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won last year’s race en route to capturing the IZOD IndyCar Series title.

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VIDEO: Photographers' view of the Grand Prix of Baltimore

VIDEO: Photographers' view of the Grand Prix of Baltimore

A look at the Grand Prix of Baltimore through the lenses of the Baltimore Sun and Getty photographers.

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Simon Pagenaud wins the 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore

Simon Pagenaud wins the 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore

As the debris cleared and Simon Pagenaud surveyed both the wreckage and the drivers still in contention in Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race at the Grand Prix of Baltimore, a simple thought came to the 29-year-old Frenchman.

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Scott Dixon bows out after Will Power forces him into a wall

Scott Dixon bows out after Will Power forces him into a wall

The big names of IndyCar Series racing keep dropping out of Sunday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore.

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Ryan Hunter-Reay drops out of Grand Prix on 42nd lap

Ryan Hunter-Reay drops out of Grand Prix on 42nd lap

Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won the IndyCar Series race in last year’s Grand Prix of Baltimore, had a tough time defending his championship Sunday.

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Banker, Brecher have behind-the-scenes IndyCar jobs race fans would covet

Banker, Brecher have behind-the-scenes IndyCar jobs race fans would covet

Brad Banker grew up a sports fan outside Green Bay, Wis., but auto racing was not high on his list of passions. His father was a longtime employee of the Packers and Banker, who somehow became a fan of the rival Minnesota Vikings, wound up playing football and lacrosse at Moorhead State in Minnesota.

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Jack Hawksworth claims third win of Indy Lights Series season

Jack Hawksworth claims third win of Indy Lights Series season

Three teammates were on the podium at the end of the Indy Lights race Sunday, and the same three will be battling for the series' championship in the final two races of the season.

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Williams wins gold cup class of IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series

Williams wins gold cup class of IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series

In the absence of his point-magnet Pikesville teammate, Annapolis’ David Williams won the gold cup class of the of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series today. It was the second IMSA race of the weekend.

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Sebastien Bourdais records fastest time in last practice before Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore

Sebastien Bourdais records fastest time in last practice before Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore

Sebastien Bourdais, who will start Sunday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore from the last spot, registered the fastest time in the final practice before the race, finishing a lap of the 2.04-mile circuit in 1 minute, 18.4535 seconds Sunday morning.

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Q&A with car sponsor Fuzzy Zoeller

Q&A with car sponsor Fuzzy Zoeller

For my latest blog for The Baltimore Sun, I thought it might be fun to interview my favorite celebrity, golfer Fuzzy Zoeller.

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Scott Dixon, of New Zealand,  wins pole for Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore

Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, wins pole for Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore

Scott Dixon, the only driver to record top 5 finishes in each of the previous two Grand Prix of Baltimore races, will open Sunday’s competition in the lead after winning the pole in Saturday’s qualifying session.

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For Jack Hawksworth, winning pole in Baltimore 'beats' winning races

For Jack Hawksworth, winning pole in Baltimore 'beats' winning races

Just a rookie on the Firestone Indy Lights Series, Jack Hawksworth has already won twice this year. But the happiness he felt over those victories did not compare to the elation of winning the pole for Sunday’s Indys Lights race at the Grand Prix of Baltimore.

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Charm City Cakes surprises owner Sam Schmidt with cake for 49th birthday

Charm City Cakes surprises owner Sam Schmidt with cake for 49th birthday

Sam Schmidt, who is in town for the Grand Prix of Baltimore, didn’t get to celebrate his 49th birthday on the race track. That didn’t stop Baltimore’s Charm City Cakes from wishing the owner of Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports a happy birthday.

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Families, racing fans flock downtown for Grand Prix action

Families, racing fans flock downtown for Grand Prix action

Racecars whipped around downtown Baltimore Saturday turning usually traffic-choked streets into a speedway, their engines filling the air with the sounds of a hornet’s hum on the straights and a smoker’s cackle at the hairpin turn.

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Local drivers shine in Gold Cup class of IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge

Local drivers shine in Gold Cup class of IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge

Michael Levitas of Pikesville won the Gold Cup class of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series today. Trailing by 12 seconds and taking second in the class was his teammate, Annapolis resident David Williams, who was in his first race on a street course.

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Hawksworth wins pole for Sunday's Indy Lights race

Hawksworth wins pole for Sunday's Indy Lights race

Jack Hawksworth won the pole Saturday for Sunday’s Indy Lights race in the Grand Prix of Baltimore.  

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Franchitti among those not in the Top 12 for Izod IndyCar Series race

Franchitti among those not in the Top 12 for Izod IndyCar Series race

Some of open-wheel racing’s biggest names didn't make it into the Top 12 Saturday for Sunday's Izod IndyCar Series race in the Grand Prix of Baltimore.

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Simon Pagenaud posts fastest time of Saturday's morning practice

Simon Pagenaud posts fastest time of Saturday's morning practice

Another practice session, another second shaved off the fastest time at the Grand Prix of Baltimore.

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IndyCar makes adjustment to pit road to improve safety, avoid controversy

IndyCar makes adjustment to pit road to improve safety, avoid controversy

The controversy surrounding Sunday's pit road collision at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma between race leader Scott Dixon's car and a tire being carried by one of Will Power's crew members followed the IZOD IndyCar Series across the country from California to Maryland.

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Merkle founder David Williams prepares for his first street race in Baltimore

Merkle founder David Williams prepares for his first street race in Baltimore

Five years after starting Merkle Inc., David Williams bought his first Porsche at 30 and raced for years in local sports car club competitions. Little did he think he would ever become more serious about racing than that.

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Luca Filippi's rookie season continues with first street course

Luca Filippi's rookie season continues with first street course

Rookie Luca Filippi is getting a crash course in American street circuit racing.

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Grand Prix of Baltimore course 'so bumpy' during Friday's practice sessions

Grand Prix of Baltimore course 'so bumpy' during Friday's practice sessions

Among hairpin turns, chicanes -- artificial obstacles on straight stretches -- and occasional light-rail tracks, the 2.02-mile road course in downtown Baltimore took its expected share of verbal jabs Friday.

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Ryan Hunter-Reay welcomes return to Grand Prix of Baltimore

Ryan Hunter-Reay welcomes return to Grand Prix of Baltimore

Defending champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, whose victory at the Grand Prix of Baltimore last year catapulted him to the overall Izod IndyCar Series lead, said that he plans to take a similar approach to Sunday's featured race.

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About Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet, captured the pole position for the 2013 Indy 500 and led the most laps in the race. Ed is the only team owner/driver in the IZOD IndyCar Series this year as well as the only college graduate of the current drivers (Butler, 2003). Carpenter won the final race of the 2012 IndyCar Series last September in Fontana, Calif., The MAVTV 500. Ed's team is sponsored by 1979 Masters and 1984 U.S. Open golf champion Fuzzy Zoeller with Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka.

About Don Markus

Don Markus covers Maryland basketball, Navy football, golf and auto racing for The Baltimore Sun. He has taught sports journalism at American University since 2005.

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