Organizers managed to put together the second running of the Grand Prix of Baltimore in about 90 days, but the event must run smoothly enough to convince Baltimore business owners and fans that is worth the trouble.
Things didn't go well for Frenchman Simon Pagenaud in hisfirst race. But that didn't stop him. And though he could find similarities to that first outing last weekend, he clinched The IZOD IndyCar Series' Rookie of the Year award at the Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Shortly after IndyCar practice opened Friday in advance of the Grand Prix of Baltimore, rookie of the year Simon Pagenaud's car went airborne as it crossed the railroad tracks on the Pratt Street straight.
Will Power is still enamored by the streets of Baltimore. A year after he won the inaugural Grand Prix here, he still calls the post-race victory celebration on the podium, "the best ceremony I've had in my career!" He comes back to town this weekend to try to make it two in a row and set the stage for what he hopes will be his first IndyCar championship.
The first round of gleaming race cars will roar through downtown streets early Friday, marking the start of the second annual three day open wheel racing festival – and a victory for city officials and organizers who struggled to resurrect the event after last year's financial flop.
Michael Andretti, wearing his promoter's hat, stopped for a chat in the Baltimore Convention Center on Thursday afternoon. The IndyCar owner, who has taken on the job of organizing the Grand Prix of Baltimore this weekend through his company Andretti Sports Marketing, looked relaxed.
Drivers are urged to plan alternate routes to travel through downtown Baltimore, as significant road closures are slated to begin Thursday evening to prepare for the second annual Grand Prix of Baltimore.
When racecar driver Patryk Tararuj participates in the Grand Prix of Baltimore this weekend, the vehicle will carry the name of beloved restaurateur Patrick "Scunny" McCusker, who died Friday in a traffic accident in Ocean City.