Why did Baltimore neglect Grand Prix?

I really do not understand the workings of the city. If Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her people were trying to promote the Baltimore Grand Prix, how did the dates get booked for a college football game on the same weekend for next year, and a convention the following year ("Grand Prix of Baltimore canceled through 2015, and likely beyond," Sept. 13)?

After finding Race On and the Andretti Marketing people to promote the race and seeking title sponsors who would commit for three years, the city sells the dates out from under them. Why did the mayor not convey her wishes that the Labor Day weekend be kept open for the race? Did the people who book the dates for the city not realize what was going on?

Craig Garfield, Ellicott City

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