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The Indy Racing League is coming to Baltimore, and not just for the crab cakes and football. The Maryland city announced that it will be an official stop on the IRL schedule next year with a 2.4-mile loop that will snake through the heart of downtown and the inner harbor. The announcement means that around $7.8 million in state and federal funds will be used to repave the majority of the streets on the course. One road will also need to be widened in order to meet IRL regulations.

The race is slated for August 2011, and while the city says that the road work will take more than a year to complete, actual preparation for the race will take closer to four weeks. That includes the construction of 50,000 temporary grand-stand seats, though officials claim that the work will be minimally intrusive for both residents and workers in the area.

Baltimore has signed a five-year contract with the IRL, and as a result, officials forecast that it will see around $11 million in tax revenue from the partnership. Likewise, around $250 million is expected to flow into the local economy due to the races.

[Source: Baltimore Business Journal]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Excuse me, but New Jersey had several CART races, before the IRL came on to the scene. Problem was not too many people showed up. Cart was going to move it to downtown Manhattan around the World Trade Center for 2002, but we all know what happened the year before so that plan was scratched.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live and work in downtown. I can't wait to see this! I really do hope it brings the city money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Me Too! I can't wait for this it's gonna be cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Better have Good Security in Balt. or someone will steal all the cars. One of the most dangerous cities in American!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anyone really care about the IRL or CART or any form of the two merged together? Come on. Open wheel racing hasn't been popular in this country since the early '60's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll be there!! Get train from NJ a few beers ok alot of beers!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. A beatuiful city, which is smart enough to let a big racing event show up and inject money into the economy.

      Seems smart to me.

      I'm looking at you NEW JERSEY!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope this isn't organized by the same people who put on the Washington DC ALMS race a few years back. IIRC they originally announced a 10 year deal and despite the success of the 1st and only race, the ALMS never returned.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I heard they never returned because there were too many noise complaints.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a little more of a drive, but not too bad. Maybe an hour. There is no excuse for me not to attend.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What if a city that is cursed by having pot hole littered wash board rough streets were to host a Score off road truck race!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Any one who thinks this is going to be a money maker for the city needs to take a look at the losses for Toronto and Edmonton since the they became IRL races. Attendance in Toronto is about 25% of what it was 5 years ago. Long Beach attendance is way down and St Petes can't draw flies. The city will lose at least $4,000,000 on this deal the first year alone and it will NEVER make money.

      If someone out there thinks this is a great deal for your city please let me know as I have a few bridges I can sell you. I'll let them go cheap.
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