This year, when Ms. Rawlings-Blake hand-picked a new group to take over the race, Downforce Racing, she pitched the deal as a lessons-learned contract. It required the city to be paid first and for taxes to be put in escrow. But this time, there would be no $250,000 annual fee and no guarantee that race organizers would cover the city's costs. A guaranteed $50,000 a year in impact funds for nearby neighborhoods was gone, too. Instead, the city was to get a $3-per-ticket fee to help cover its costs, and the neighborhoods got 50 cents per ticket. If attendance in 2012 matched that in 2011, Baltimore's cut would have amounted to about $330,000, or less than half of what it cost the city to put on the inaugural event. Baltimore was also entitled to 10 percent of the profits in excess of $1 million, but given the near-universal expectation that the race would be a money-loser in the short term, that didn't mean much.