Bringing new meaning to street racing
Open-wheel racing is coming to Baltimore.
Baltimore officials approved a contract Wednesday with local investors who’ve been working to launch a race known as the Baltimore Grand Prix. The Indy Racing League is expected to sign a sanctioning agreement in the next two weeks.
The race would be IRL’s first in the mid-Atlantic region. Drivers would race in a loop around downtown, passing by the Inner Harbor and Oriole Park at Camden Yards at speeds up to 185 mph.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the race “will change the way the world sees Baltimore.”
The city approved using $7.75 million in state and federal grants to make necessary road improvements for the inaugural race, which would be held in August 2011.
-- Associated Press
Washington Post editors
| May 5, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
Categories: Maryland, Traffic and Transportation | Tags: Auto racing, Baltimore, Indy Racing League, Motorsport, Open wheel car
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