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Racing fans looking for that Monaco or Long Beach-style harbor-front open-wheel racing experience on the East Coast of the United States will be pleased to learn that plans are under way to bring an IndyCar street race to Baltimore's picturesque Inner Harbor. The plan, still being assessed by local officials, would involve a four-day event at the end of the summer (book-ending the season started by the Indy 500) for at least five years starting in 2011.

Baltimore Racing Development is bringing in consultants, including two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr., to evaluate the prospect, which would be based around a track running through downtown Baltimore, past Camden Yards and Oriole Park, along the Inner Harbor by the National Aquarium and past the Maryland Science Center. Organizers are looking at Indy races in St. Petersburg, Toronto and Long Beach as their model, projecting some $100 million in tourism revenue from 150,000 visitors during an four-day event that would eclipse the Preakness Stakes horse race as the biggest racing event in the area. Thanks to hoov23 for the tip!

[Source: The Baltimore Sun | Image: Stephen Munday/ALLSPORT/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess Maryland State Police will be out to ticket the race cars...for going too fast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      HELL
      YES
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jacksonville would be a far more beautiful city to do that in then Baltimore. The 4 bridges and the nice Florida weather. The only problem would be population isn't as dense down here as in Baltimore.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maryland FTW! One more reason to head up to Inner Harbor for the weekend.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My wife's family lives up in Ballamore... I'm so there if this happens!
        • 5 Years Ago
        FREAKIN AWESOME
        • 5 Years Ago
        My first thoughts were F**K YEAH but I am right there with you...

        I have been waiting for a decent open wheel street course on the blue portion of the East Coast ever since I first discovered motor sport. I'll be making my way down from Rhode Island for this without a doubt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully we can drink in the infield...

      I'm in NJ and have made the trip to the 500 a couple of times. I would certainly go to this.

      I love road racing, and anything that could make it more popular in the US is a good thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Hopefully we can drink in the infield..." LOL@Preakness; this cracked me up :-p One can only hope, brother.

        My plans to move to B'More have sped up solely because of this happening.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Baltimore?

      Why?, was Mogadishu booked that weekend?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Someone watches The Wire a little too much. Bmore isn't that bad across the board. Just certain areas.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Adam: Baltimore isn't that bad, especially not the Inner Harbor area. And how the hell else would they portray the city for a cop tv show - all of the easy days full of parking tickets and people running red lights? I lol @ that being your reference, despite the validity of the show's writers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That would be awesome, But yea, that picture is at least 10 years old, b/c the USS Constellation should be at the dock and the Visitor Center is missing... lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great Idea! Especially since I live 20 minutes away. I'd definitely go see this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Friggin' AWESOME. That would be a hell of a weekend.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like everything the IRL touches, this will fail. It's a fair idea I suppose, but the IRL just doesn't draw crowds other than Indy. The bulk of attendees are the red hat brigade that gets freebies from Penske/Marlboro. This will be a money-loser for sure.

      Also, the IRL season doesn't start w/ Indy.

      The IRL has managed to kill/squander so many great Champ Car race tracks, what makes them think they can start a NEW race and have a draw? Idiots.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe they should try to include F1 in the discussions. An F1 road race in Baltimore would drag people down from DC, Philly and NYC. Not to mention the mass transit train lines in place to ease congestion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They better mount automatic weapons to the cars and drivers should keep a gun under the seat before they race around Baltimore. Baltimore is a broke, dirty, filthy crime ridden city. Racing fans, racing team members and drivers will be targets of violent crime.

      Baltimore=Toilet of the east coast!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love to see a Chicago course, up and back on Lakeshore drive and around Grant park.

      Sure the traffic would suck, but the roads would finally be smooth!
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