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Grand Prix of Baltimore off for 2014, possibly 2015 (UPDATED)

Sep 13, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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Citing a lack of a feasible date, Grand Prix of Baltimore official race organizers said they have canceled the race for 2014 and 2015, according to a report in the Baltimore Business Journal.

“Race On will not be able to participate in hosting the race going forward,” said J.P. Grant, a partner in Race On LLC. “Everyone involved in this matter has worked diligently and of good faith to make it happen. We explored every possible option.”

A report from the Baltimore FOX TV affiliate explained the date conflicts. In 2014, Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium will play host to the Ohio State-Navy game on Labor Day weekend, while in 2015, an American Legion Convention will arrive. Grand Prix manager Tim Mayer told FOX 45 shortly after this year’s race that they were “working the issues out right now.”

Baltimore has endured a rocky, but always memorable, three-year period on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule. It premiered to a packed capacity in 2011 but had to undergo a change in promoters following financial issues at the tail end of the calendar year. Andretti Sports Marketing helped resuscitate the race for two years under the Race On LLC group, led by Grant.

ASM also promotes the IndyCar race in Milwaukee, held the last two years on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend.

For IndyCar, it’s the first announced race lost for next season. Baltimore was also rumored to have a place on the merged United SportsCar schedule, but that obviously will not happen now. The American Le Mans Series – which will be fused into USCC next year with longtime rival GRAND-AM Rolex Series – has raced at Baltimore the last three years, as well.

UPDATE, 3:40 p.m. ET: A statement has emerged from Mark Miles, IndyCar’s unofficial head and CEO of the series’ parent company, Hulman & Co:

 “After a successful visit to Baltimore, which included record attendance, we are disappointed that our schedules will not align to host an event in 2014. This was simply a matter of trying to find the best date that worked for all parties, since Labor Day weekend was not an option in 2014.  We are thankful to the city of Baltimore, Race On and Andretti Sports Marketing for their support and enthusiasm for the event over the years. We continue to finalize our 2014 schedule and anticipate announcing it prior to the end of our 2013 season.”

The difference there is Miles has just ruled out 2014, not 2015 as the other report had indicated.

UPDATE, 5:15 p.m. ET: A tweet from Andretti Sports Marketing reads: “Unfortunate news, but thanks to the City of Baltimore, Race On and all of our sponsors – hopefully we will return to the Charm City one day!”

  1. art2man - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    The race should be moved to Dover, DE
    1 mile concrete track, good views and easy to get to.

  2. Jeff - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Not disappointed at all.
    And i agree with art2man.

  3. Nathan Gruenholz - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Do some research, you two.

    Average speed of both ’98 and ’99 Dover IRL races: 99 and 114 MPH.

    First race had 99 caution laps and only 10 cars running at the finish.

    Nobody wants to see that again.

  4. Jeff - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    OK, I did my research.
    1. I’d rather see an oval race.
    2. A Dover race would be in the same region.
    3. If we’re going in speed alone and your Dover stats are correct, then check out the average speed of the three Baltimore races.
    2011 = 75.4
    2012 = 71.2
    2013 = 67.7
    Speeds have decreased every year, and they all much slower then the Dover speeds you posted.

    • Nathan Gruenholz - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      Well no shit a street course is slower than an oval. And no shit Dover is in the same region. Congratulations, Mr. Obvious.

      But 99 MPH average on a 1 mile oval with 99 caution laps with only 10 cars finishing is one level above watching paint dry.

      Not to mention the sub 15,000 in attendance in those races means Dover is the last place IndyCar will race in that area. Richmond MAYBE, but probably not after the ’09 parade.

  5. wethog66 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Dover should take the Baltimore date? In the name of God why? I’ve been to a handful of NASCAR races at Dover and I don’t get why that track has 2 Sprint Cup races never mind adding another series like the Indy Cars. Boring track in a 1 horse town.

    Then again I made the mistake of going to college in Dover, so of course I am biased against it.

  6. Jeff - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Well given your first post I thought speed was your only concern for a race. Iowa is a great race and it’s just .875 of a mile. No reason why Dover can’t be.

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