Pictures: Baltimore's Checkered Flag Girls
As roving ambassadors for Labor Day weekend's Baltimore Grand Prix, the Checkered Flag Girls will be appearing throughout the area in the weeks leading up to the event. With hundreds of thousands of car-crazed visitors expected for the three-day event, the Checkered Flag Girls may have their work cut out for them, familiarizing newcomers with the city and ensuring Baltimore lives up to its nickname of "Charm City."
Here's a look at some of the 13 young women who have been chosen.
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Tai W.( Karl Merton Ferron, The Baltimore Sun / June 3, 2011 )
Hometown: Elkton, Va., now lives in Owings Mills, Md.
What do you do when you're not a Checkered Flag Girl?: works at Ikea; student at Art Institute of Washington, studying fashion
Were you a racing fan before you became a Checkered Flag Girl?: "It's growing on me. I've always been around cars. My dad, he built up race cars. I'm familiar with car shows, not really race cars."
Favorite thing about Baltimore?: "I would have to say the harbor. Coming from the country, and coming here to Baltimore, it's a huge experience. The people here have actually welcomed me in, as far as me being from the South."
What would you say to a first-time visitor to Charm City?: "I would say, 'Buckle Up!' They're in for a ride."