It is safe to say that I know next to nothing about auto racing. But for the three days of Labor Day weekend last year, I became absorbed in the whirlwind of excitement of the Baltimore Grand Prix. The city was alive with people and the roar of engines, lots of entertainment and plenty of food plus free access to the whole Inner Harbor. From my viewpoint, it was a hit.
In the months that have followed the race, the negative fallout has been overwhelming. Obviously, the learning curve of putting on an event of such magnitude proved to be a very sharp indeed. However, now that we know the race will go on (I had no doubt it would) shouldn't we give a measure of appreciation to the original team that had the insight to make it happen in the first place?
After all, $45 million in economic activity seems like a real plus for the city of Baltimore. So to that team I say, thank you for a great event. Race on!
Mary Ellen Stepowany, BaltimoreCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun