The inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix helped boost weekend revenues at a sampling of hotels by 44 percent compared to Labor Day weekend last year while more than doubling the take at city-owned parking garages, according to preliminary counts.
Will Power had barely crossed the finish line to win the IZOD IndyCar Series race at the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix, but event organizers, IndyCar executives and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake were talking about settling on a date for next year – likely another Labor Day weekend date.
The crowd – tens of thousands of them—trooped good-naturedly through narrow walkways clutching ear plugs and checkered flags.The drivers praised the twists and curves of roads normally choked with harried commuters.
Baltimore's inaugural Festival of Speed was like the first day of school for a city that seems ready to embrace a new sport — if the nearly sell-out crowd at Sunday's main event is any indication. Tens of thousands of spectators attended, drawn by fast cars, a party atmosphere and the idea of supporting their hometown.
When gleaming race cars thundered through the streets of Baltimore Saturday, Charlotte and Mary Treece Simmons were prepared. The four-month-old twins sported matching pairs of tiny pink headphones, to protect their ears.
Powerful engines thrummed in The Baltimore Convention Center and tens of thousands of racing fans wandered through a maze of grandstand Friday morning as spectators and drivers awaited the first races of The Baltimore Grand Prix.
In the event of rain on Sunday, Indy Car Series will make the determination whether to allow the race to finish, have a timed race or postpone it for a day. Visibility and standing water on the track are usually the reasons to shorten or postpone the race.
We're two days removed from the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix, and I haven't talked to one person who is looking forward to the big IndyCar race. Granted, I don't know every single person in Baltimore, but it seems the consensus is that this costly event is a logistical nightmare that is pretty much ruining everyone's lives.