Baltimore Grand Prix Charms IndyCar Race Fans

| September 20, 2011

 Baltimore GP front straightFull Power in the Land of the Birds

The inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix was a spectacular success and showcased IndyCar street racing at its best. Jay Davidson, CEO of Baltimore GP and Martyn Thake, circuit designer converted the streets around Camden Yards and the Inner Harbor into a sold out, high speed festival of fun, noise and excitement.

Will Power in the #12 Verizon Penske Honda started from the pole, was passed by Graham Rahal (#38 Service Central Ganassi  Honda) in the first turn, re-passed for the lead in turn 3, led the most laps and held off a changing roster of challengers to win for his  IZOD IndyCar Series season record-tying sixth victory.

“That was the toughest race I’ve done all year,” Power said. “I’m just exhausted, but that was a championship run.”

Oriol Servia, who started 16th in the No. 2 Telemundo Newman/Haas Racing car, was the runner-up . Tony Kanaan, who had to overcome a back of the field start due to a scary accident in the warmup, finished third in the No. 82 GEICO KV Racing Technology-Lotus Honda car. “The Orioles’ wings were with Oriol today,” said Servia.

Franchitti finished fourth  and Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon was fifth. Danica Patrick advanced from the 25th starting position to grab sixth place in the No. 7 Team GoDaddy car for Andretti Autosport.

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My weekend started out on Friday and was spent sampling the view from all the different grandstands around the track, checking out the teams in the air conditioned garage, and finding which vendors had the best deal on beer.  I was pleasantly surprised by the large amount of fans in attendance for a practice day.

Shop for Firestone tires at Tire Rack.

M&S Grill @ Inner Harbor

On Saturday I watched Qualifying from my seats at turn 3 across from the Intercontinental Hotel where I was staying. For the ALMS race I moved around amongst the general admission crowd and eventually ended up outside of turn 1 and watched the finish from a seat at the bar at M&S Grill with a good view of the trackside big screen TV. Later that evening over at the Patron Party Zone the band Collective Soul played to a huge throng.

 

The view from my stand 10 seats was upclose to all the racing action at turn 3 and I could keep up with the overall race from another Big Screen TV across the street. All in all it was one of the better race weekends I have been to (my car was parked the entire time in the hotel garage and never used)and I plan to return next year with a bunch of friends and hope the event becomes a Labor Day tradition.

Thanks to IndyCar.com and IZOD                                  Expedia.com

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