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Ribbs back in the driver's seat at Baltimore Grand Prix

The latest chapter in the remarkable 35-year career of racecar driver Willy T. Ribbs began "in the middle of an Iowa cornfield."

Ribbs, the first African-American to drive in the Indianapolis 500, didn't see any helmeted ghosts of Daytona's past or hear any of them imploring him to drive in Baltimore and they would come.

It was simply an invitation from Chris Miles at a dinner one night at the Cinder House restaurant in Newton, Iowa, during an Indy event held at Iowa Speedway last month. Miles, who grew up in Indiana an aspiring racecar driver who idolized Ribbs, is now president of Starting Grid Inc., which in partnership with American Honda established the Willy T....