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Time to leave Grand Prix behind

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Forgive me for probably being in the minority on this issue, but I just wish the Baltimore Grand Prix would spin its wheels elsewhere ("New Grand Prix woes," April 17).

It seems that the ability to corral capable, supposedly responsible people to run this race is somewhat elusive. In a perverse way, it makes me happy every time the race hits another roadblock.

It's truly beginning to feel like this event is not a good fit for our fine city. I have personally been an opponent from the first time I heard about the city making a serious attempt to bring an IndyCar Series race here. MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake was so enthusiastic about it because she perceived the race as being a huge revenue-gusher for the city. Does anyone seriously think she is a loyal fan of IndyCar racing?

The race itself interrupts the normal flow of city life. The detrimental environmental aspect is a nightmare. Many trees were unnecessarily uprooted but not replaced to carve out a course. I have a real problem with reconfiguring the area by uprooting healthy trees. Who guarantees that the new trees — if anybody ever plants them — will thrive?

Why can't we accept the fact that the race had one run in our city, and move on to find more fitting sports and entertainment events to draw enthusiasts to Baltimore?

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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