The Baltimore Grand Prix, Baltimore, MD, US – Pictures – Upcoming Video

The Baltimore Grand Prix is a spectacular three-day “festival of speed” in downtown Baltimore, taking place September 2-4, 2011. It will be part of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule and the 2011 American Le Mans Series schedule. The weekend event features world-class motorsports competition from several racing series, culminating in Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race. In addition to the high-speed thrills of professional racing, a wide variety of entertainment and activities will be scheduled for people of all ages to create an exciting three days of speed and entertainment.

The racetrack is a two-mile temporary street circuit in and around the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards, including sections of Russell Street, West Pratt Street from Paca Street to Light Street, along the Inner Harbor on Light Street, and up Conway towards the stadium. Although the race will be held on actual city streets, for one weekend this urban environment will be transformed into a world class racetrack with the best possible safety equipment and fan facilities.

The proposed racetrack will be two miles and the IZOD IndyCar Series race would take approximately two hours to complete. Because it is a timed race, the number of laps and race distance will vary, but IZOD IndyCar Series race is expected to be between 80 and 100 laps, which would equate to 160 to 200 miles.

The paddock is the garage area for racing teams and cars. This is the best place to get up close and personal with the cars, the drivers, and the race teams as they prepare themselves for the race.

There are two main paddock areas. The IZOD IndyCar Series paddock and the Firestone Indy Lights paddocks are in the convention center. You must purchase a separate paddock ticket to enter this area.

The American Le Mans Series paddock is in Oriole park Lot A and does not require a separate paddock ticket. The F2000 and Star Mazda paddocks will also be open to all ticket holders and will not require a separate pass.

In addition, live music will be available all weekend, including local artists performing throughout the day and major acts in the evenings. Fans will also enjoy visiting the Paddocks to see the race teams work behind the scenes, and taking in a wide variety of entertainment options in the Action Sports Zone, Party Zone, and the Family Fun Zone. The entire race area will be a lively festival packed with exciting attractions, interactive exhibits, and great food and beverage options.

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