While the three-day festival of speed brings more than 130,000 people to the Inner Harbor, business owners far from the race track report lackluster sales as Grand Prix of Baltimore patrons stay close to the track and non-race visitors shy away. Several business owners in Little Italy, Fells Point and Harbor East blamed the dismal business weekend on the misconception that the Grand Prix shuts down Baltimore.
In his first foray in the IZOD IndyCar Series, Stefan Wilson finished 16th at the Grand Prix of Baltimore Sunday. It was a decent showing for the 24-year-old native of Woodall, England who drove the No. 18 car.
The controversy surrounding Sunday's pit road collision at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma between race leader Scott Dixon's car and a tire being carried by one of Will Power's crew members followed the IZOD IndyCar Series across the country from California to Maryland.
Among hairpin turns, straightaway chicanes -- artificial obstacles on straight stretches -- and occasional light-rail tracks, the 2.02-mile road course in downtown Baltimore took its expected share of verbal jabs Friday.
The first cars took to the street course at the Grand Prix of Baltimore for practice this morning. Porsche 911s in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series were first to hit the pavement, followed by the Vipers, Porsches, Ferraris of the American Le Mans (ALMS) series.