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Baltimore mayor, race organizers differ on prospects of GPoB return (VIDEO)

Sep 14, 2013, 6:15 PM EST

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake – perhaps the greatest supporter of the Grand Prix of Baltimore – told reporters last night that she was “cautiously optimistic” about the street race’s return to the Inner Harbor in 2016.

Yesterday, INDYCAR announced that the event would be off the schedule for at least the next two years due to an inability to find a new date for it.

Downtown Baltimore is playing host to a major college football game next Labor Day weekend, and at the same time in 2015, the American Legion will stage a major convention in the area.

But while Blake seemed to think that the Grand Prix could be revived in the future, J.P. Grant of Race On Baltimore (which co-promoted the race alongside Andretti Sports Marketing) was more subdued about his prediction of the event’s future.

“It took us two years to get to this point, and if you take two years off, our sponsors are going to wonder whether we can actually put on an event,” Grant said according to Baltimore news radio station WBAL-AM.

“We had potential title sponsors lined up for next year, and they want three-year commitments, and so if we can’t commit to that, it makes it difficult to put on a race.”

A report from David Collins of Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL-TV has more reaction from Blake, Grant and city business owners on the cancellation of the event. You can watch it at the top of the post.

  1. mcc325 - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Absolute shame. Had become one of the most exciting and unique street events on the schedule

  2. worknman24hours - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    And all the attention of two crickets in a downtown basement.

    What a joke.

    Where was ANY promotion of this race?

    Or the series for that matter?

    LAME-LAME-LAME.

    The track was sterile not showcasing the sights right off track.

    The camera shots were all wrong to really get the viewer excited about the racing.

    The ‘track’ was bumpy as hell.

    And the venue looked just like what it was-ninety bajillion jersey barriers set up haphardly to chop out what looked like parking lot race course from the tv shots.

    They could have been racing in the parking lot of the jersey barrier manufacturers factory for all we could see.

    This could have been an American Monaco -instead we got concreticous catch fencious.

    LAME.

  3. Jeff - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I for one am glad the Baltimore crashapalooza is gone.

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