The excuse promulgated by City Hall that a "scheduling problem" caused the cancellation of the race is laughable, especially since Mayor Rawlings-Blake actually signed an agreement with the race promoter to hold the weekend open for next five years. Of course, any adult Baltimore citizen knows how desperate she is for anything that will generate income and put her in the spotlight to further her political ambitions. The sad truth of the matter is that Baltimore is just one of the half-dozen cities around the country that found out the same thing — that Grand Prix races don't make money. The yearly economic analysis by city consultants so grossly overstated the economic impact of the race that it was just another comical factor. It's obvious that if the race had generated anywhere near the $30 million or so that was promised by the mayor, the "scheduling problem" would have been cleared up in short order. The promoters, hoteliers and restaurateurs would be screaming at the top of their lungs at the injustice of a cancellation. Instead, we hear a telltale silence.