As long time fans of the CART racing series, which has evolved into the Indy Car Racing League, and as race attendees in Denver, Toronto, Mid-Ohio and Road America over the years, my husband and I were thrilled when the city of Baltimore announced its intention to host an Indy Grand Prix. For its inaugural effort, Baltimore did a fantastic job. Though some kinks need to be worked out (fan entrance and exit fluidity, additional race car passing zones), Baltimore was in some ways superior to other race venues we have been to. The grandstands were easily accessible. There were plenty of restroom facilities so that you didn't have to walk far or wait long, there were food and souvenir booths everywhere, rather than just in a central location, and the workers and volunteers we encountered were extremely friendly and helpful. In addition, it was a bonus to be able to walk along the Inner Harbor and throughCamden Yards.
The turnout was fantastic. I'd be surprised if the Baltimore Grand Prix didn't garner a multitude of new fans to the world of Indy car racing. Hopefully, the Indy Car Racing League will let the turnout speak for itself and be more than ready to solidify the five year tentative contract with the city. Baltimore and its residents, and indeed all Marylanders, should be proud.
Patricia A. Weller, EmmitsburgCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun