Good news, race fans: the Baltimore Grand Prix may be returning this year, after all.

The IndyCar and ALMS race extravaganza was held last year over Labor Day weekend at the Maryland city's picturesque harborfront, but though the event itself was deemed a success, a financial dispute between the city and the race organizers jeopardized its future. The city ended up canceling its contract with Baltimore Racing Development LLC, but a new one is reportedly now being negotiated between municipal authorities and a new promoter, Downforce Racing – organizers of similar street races in Toronto and St. Petersburg.

The tentative arrangement was announced yesterday by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, pending approval by the city's Board of Estimates, set to meet on February 22. If given the go-ahead, Downforce Racing would receive a five-year contract with a renewal clause for another five years, with the city's expenses to be recovered from ticket sales and a profit-sharing clause that would see the city receive ten percent of profits over $1 million.

Assuming everything comes together, the ALMS race will be held on Saturday, September 1 and the IndyCar race on Sunday the 2nd.


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      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hubert J. Farnsworth: "Good news, everyone!"
      EAJ ATL
      • 2 Years Ago
      No need to proofread or anything.
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      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      promotors? seriously? in the headline? Autoblog gets worse every day. Please hire some writers with a 9th grade education.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ELG
        Do you pay for your membership? No? You're reading a free blog. You get what you pay for. This grammar BS is getting annoying. Who cares if they misspell one damn word? It's not the end of the world. Shut up, read the damn article, and move on. You know what they mean, so why correct it? It's not like it's some jibberish you can't read.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Says the moron who thought Alain Prost was dead even after numerous people told him he wasn't ALONG with saying the Wrangler is stripped out...
      Lester
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was a volunteer for the whole year leading up to the first BGP and I simply had a blast being involved. It is no lie to say I was getting a disheartened with the lack of "visible" action surrounding the 2012 race and I have been nothing but excited these last few days to hear of its return. Now I am just waiting for them to setup the websites so I can get in touch with some people about volunteering this year.
      XEVIOUS
      • 2 Years Ago
      For those uninitiated the these events heres St pete GP youtube.com/watch?v=a72JD2puwow&feature=fvst youtube.com/watch?v=7GGr7mVeW3Y&feature=related youtube.com/watch?v=Yt8H0vqgvM0&feature=related The smell and the sounds is utterly insane, If youve never gone your missing something great!
      htay9500
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hell yes! Loved last year's GP.
      XEVIOUS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ive gone to several IRL/ALMS events in st pete FL and they know how to do a great event. In st pete, it runs back to back with the Festivals of Speed sometimes accomponie by APBA Off Shore PoweBoat race round AND the Mcdill AFB Airshow. For a month St Pete is Alive with all things Speed, not to mention the first round of ALMS just down in sebring. If the original IRL/ALMS Investors in baltimore had any clue whatsoever they'de roll out the red carpet for these events to happen in there city. The first time around may be a bit slow (like any new event not common to a region) word has to get out, and the original attendee's would attract even more attendee's second time around. These events are great financial spikes and overall economic booms in small cities, particulary street racing events. The access given to attendee's is unlike any simular racing event. Paddock access, Pit access!!!. on and on. and viewage is under 20 feet in most street courses. That 20Feet between you and race cars traveling 150mph in the streets you drive everyday, which gives the attendees great understanding of exactly how capable those machines are. Now with the same Investors as those in St pete, Baltimore is in for some great times. whats more, with the rather cheap commuter expense from Amtrak it also connects attendees from washingtong to NewYork. With F1 events soon to take place off the Hudson in NJ/NY those same baltimore attendees would attend F1. Its all fantastic, just as long as dates dont collide.
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      That a cool shot that lead pic is. Makes me want to go to the race.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      3 no longer UDM. 135M is closest.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Pro-Motors" Sounds more like a catch phrase. Is it that hard to get for some?!
      Hike15
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's amazing news! I loved the ALMS race last year. There aren't many major races in that area so it was nice to be able to finally make it to an Indycar ALMS event.
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