Details of Baltimore Grand Prix expected Wednesday

Details of the Baltimore Grand Prix — an IndyCar race to be held on downtown streets in 2011 — will be announced Wednesday, according to the groups organizing the event.

Baltimore Racing Development and the Indy Racing League have scheduled a mid-day news conference with Gov. Martin O'Malley and Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings–Blake to outline plans for the race and related events.

In May, IndyCar officials announced that a race would be scheduled for Baltimore streets in 2011, and city elected leaders approved a contract for the event, to be held every August for five years. Baltimore would join Long Beach, Calif., Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Toronto as Indy Racing sites.

The event is expected to draw more than 100,000 spectators and raise $250 million in revenue. Other activities, including races and a car show, would also be scheduled.

A loop of streets surrounding the Inner Harbor, including Pratt and Russell streets, will compose the 2.4-mile racetrack, organizers have said.

City officials will build about 50,000 temporary grandstand seats around the track and sell general admission seats at M&T Bank Stadium, where the race will be shown on the replay board.

The Maryland Stadium Authority has approved more than $1 million in changes to Russell Street near Oriole Park at Camden Yards to allow the stadium area to accommodate the race. A pit area is slated to be adjacent to the ballpark.

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