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Old 05-09-2010, 02:38 AM   #1
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Default Indy Coming to downtown baltimore

I hope this isn't a re-post but i think its is awesome!!!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100505/...ore_grand_prix
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Old 05-09-2010, 03:03 AM   #2
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Cool. Smooth roads and a real street race. Awesome.
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Old 05-09-2010, 10:35 AM   #3
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this is great news!!
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Old 05-09-2010, 11:19 AM   #4
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Should be awesome.
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Old 05-09-2010, 11:34 AM   #5
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cant wait when is it scheduled?
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Old 05-09-2010, 12:58 PM   #6
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This would be amazing but the Baltimore roads are sooooo bad, how would this even work? They would have to do a TON of road work to even make this possible.
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Old 05-09-2010, 01:07 PM   #7
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Im excited, but Im with folks on the roads.

Baltimore is more suited to a WRC race than an Indy car race.
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Old 05-09-2010, 07:37 PM   #8
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cant wait when is it scheduled?
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This would be amazing but the Baltimore roads are sooooo bad, how would this even work? They would have to do a TON of road work to even make this possible.
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Im excited, but Im with folks on the roads.

Baltimore is more suited to a WRC race than an Indy car race.
Is it that hard to click a link and read?

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BALTIMORE Traffic on Pratt Street in downtown Baltimore often moves at a crawl. But one weekend a year from August, the speed limit will increase to 185 mph.

City officials approved a contract Wednesday that should be the final hurdle to adding the Baltimore Grand Prix to the Indy Racing League's schedule starting next year. The IRL is expected to sign a sanctioning agreement in the next two weeks, according to a letter sent Monday to city officials.

The race would be the Indianapolis-based league's only event in the mid-Atlantic region, giving it a foothold in a densely populated area that has little history with open-wheel racing.

"The IRL has been looking to get into the mid-Atlantic marketplace for years," said Martyn Thake, who'll be designing and building Baltimore's track.

The course would take drivers through the heart of downtown, speeding past the Inner Harbor and looping around Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The route will have four or five good passing opportunities, Thake said.

"It's what's behind the walls that makes the difference," Thake said. "It's going to look so cool on TV. The blimp shot is going to be spectacular."

The contract with a group of local investors calls for the race to be held every August for five years. City officials estimate it will draw 100,000 spectators and generate nearly $50 million in annual economic impact.

The city approved using $7.75 million in state and federal grants to make necessary road improvements before the inaugural race.

"This is a world-class racing series," said City Councilman William H. Cole IV, who's been working on the project for years and secured the approval of community groups. "There's a pride factor in being able to host it."
I'm not sure where they got the "trying to get into the mid-atlantic" nonsense, Indycars were racing at RIR for years, up until last season.
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:49 PM   #9
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Nice this event is going to be to close to pass up.
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Old 09-11-2010, 03:23 PM   #10
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*BUMP*
It's been announced that American Le Mans Series (ALMS) will ALSO be racing the weekend during Baltimore's "Festival of Speed".

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BALTIMORE — Officials with the Baltimore Grand Prix announced today that the American Le Mans Series has been added to the inaugural event scheduled for Sept. 2-4, 2011.

Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, along with Baltimore Racing Development (BRD) President Jay Davidson and American Le Mans Series President and CEO Scott Atherton, officially announced that ALMS will join the IZOD IndyCar Series during the inaugural Festival of Speed.

“From the beginning we wanted to create an entire weekend racing experience and the addition of American Le Mans Series does just that,” said Davidson “We’ve been talking with the Series team for a while now and have always wanted them to join the IZOD IndyCar Series to enhance our event. This is a great addition to the weekend and we believe fans will be eager to see these amazing cars in action.”

This announcement fills one of two holes on the 2011 American Le Mans Series schedule, which was released in August. The other open date was expected to go to a proposed event in Oklahoma City, Okla., but that event is unlikely to happen after city officials voted down the proposed race earlier this week.

The Baltimore Grand Prix will be a combination of racing and festivities that will begin Friday morning (Sept. 2) and culminate Sunday (Sept. 4) with the IZOD IndyCar Series race.

“By adding the American Le Mans Series, one of world’s leading sports car championships, we are greatly enhancing what is being offered to fans during the Baltimore Grand Prix weekend,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “The American Le Mans Series will attract more racing fans to Baltimore, and will make the Grand Prix and even greater success for the City.”

“The combination of two premier race series in one location on the same weekend is a rare opportunity for race fans,” said Atherton. “We have had outstanding doubleheader successes on street courses such as Long Beach, Houston and St. Petersburg, and I’m confident that the Baltimore Grand Prix will provide more of the same with a stellar backdrop for some of the best road racing on the planet. It will be the place to be next Labor Day weekend.”

Officials estimate that the Baltimore Grand Prix will attract more than 100,000 people to the area and have an estimated economic impact of $70 million, based on visitor spending on hotel nights, meals, tickets and other purchases.

The race track will be a two-mile temporary circuit constructed around the streets of downtown Baltimore, including sections by Oriole Park at Camden Yards, West Pratt Street and along the Inner Harbor on Light Street.
This will be an epic weekend.

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Old 09-11-2010, 03:29 PM   #11
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:27 PM   #12
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WOW this is going to be great

here's a link to the proposed course

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/mar...0729.htmlstory
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Old 09-12-2010, 01:32 PM   #13
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yerp already planning on being there
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:33 PM   #14
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Very cool. I've never been to either type of racing event (actually, I've never been to any pro racing event), so it'll pretty awesome to have two top level series running so close to home.

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Old 09-13-2010, 12:16 PM   #15
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This is going to be awesome, but the road work going on now and for months to come is not awesome for my commute. I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to get a hotel room downtown, or skip it since I live 5 minutes away. I do know that I will be taking a few days off work to avoid what I expect to be lots of road closure for track prep right before the race.

But, I still thinks it's all worth it, for what it should do for the city and to be able to see some amazing racing just a few miles from my house.
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Old 09-13-2010, 06:11 PM   #16
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yeah i was wonder if 395 was going to be closed. my guess all traffic will be directed to MLK
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:55 PM   #17
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Very cool. I've never been to either type of racing event (actually, I've never been to any pro racing event), so it'll pretty awesome to have two top level series running so close to home.

Pat Olsen
Ditto. I definitely wanted to check out the Indy race but am actually pumped for the ALMS race.
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:52 AM   #18
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This is going to be pretty awesome...Being a local recruiter for the Marine Corps we always get to work events like these and get free hook ups. Fingers are crossed we will work this event....Pit lane here I come
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:19 AM   #19
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F'n A! I just tried to book a room at the Marriott near Camden Yards, and no rooms are available. Damn!
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:59 PM   #20
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F'n A! I just tried to book a room at the Marriott near Camden Yards, and no rooms are available. Damn!
That was quick! I guess that one is right in the middle of it all.

I house and dogsit for someone in the city...i'm gonna tell him to take a vacation.

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F'n A! I just tried to book a room at the Marriott near Camden Yards, and no rooms are available. Damn!
I live close but I think getting a room is the way to go, I guess I better hurry up if I want to get something anywhere in the city.
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Old 10-01-2010, 09:35 AM   #22
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I live close but I think getting a room is the way to go, I guess I better hurry up if I want to get something anywhere in the city.
Do it Jackie,and do it now.
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Old 10-01-2010, 09:55 AM   #23
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This is going to be greatness in the streets of Baltimore, then immediately follwed by massive amounts of drunken race fans lol
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I just checked every hotel in the city...all sold out.

I do have some friends who live in the city...Bolton Hill, Federal Hill and Canton. I will probably just shack up with one of them for the weekend.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:07 AM   #25
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A bunch of friends and I are planning on trying to take the lightrail into the city as close as we can get to the inner harbor for that weekend, then walking the rest of the way. Should be interesting...
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