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Details of Baltimore Grand Prix expected Wednesday

Race in 2011 would run on downtown streets

June 01, 2010|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

Details of the Baltimore Grand Prix — an IndyCar race to be held on downtown streets in 2011 — will be announced Wednesday, according to the groups organizing the event.

Baltimore Racing Development and the Indy Racing League have scheduled a mid-day news conference with Gov. Martin O'Malley and Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings–Blake to outline plans for the race and related events.

In May, IndyCar officials announced that a race would be scheduled for Baltimore streets in 2011, and city elected leaders approved a contract for the event, to be held every August for five years. Baltimore would join Long Beach, Calif., Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Toronto as Indy Racing sites.

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The event is expected to draw more than 100,000 spectators and raise $250 million in revenue. Other activities, including races and a car show, would also be scheduled.

A loop of streets surrounding the Inner Harbor, including Pratt and Russell streets, will compose the 2.4-mile racetrack, organizers have said.

City officials will build about 50,000 temporary grandstand seats around the track and sell general admission seats at M&T Bank Stadium, where the race will be shown on the replay board.

The Maryland Stadium Authority has approved more than $1 million in changes to Russell Street near Oriole Park at Camden Yards to allow the stadium area to accommodate the race. A pit area is slated to be adjacent to the ballpark.

liz.kay@baltsun.com

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