Colin Powell named grand marshal of Baltimore Grand Prix

Former Secretary of State to give 'start your engines' command

April 13, 2011|By From Sun staff reports

Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell will be the honorary grand marshal for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix on Sept. 4, race organizers announced late Tuesday night.

Powell will give the command to "start your engines" to the field of IndyCar drivers at the start of the 80-lap event. He also will be given the opportunity to take a 180-mph tour of the 2.0-mile temporary street circuit in downtown Baltimore from the passenger seat of an IndyCar two-seater.

"The opportunity to be grand marshal for the inaugural Grand Prix is an honor, as it will showcase the city of Baltimore and the beautiful Inner Harbor to a worldwide audience, and I'm very happy to be a part of that," he said. "And I must admit, I'm really looking forward to my 180-mile-per-hour tour of the city."

Jay Davidson, the Baltimore Grand Prix president and CEO, said: "The city of Baltimore has a long history with the United States armed forces, and to have General Powell in our city to experience this inaugural event is an absolute honor. We are planning a number of activities surrounding the Baltimore Grand Prix that will thank and celebrate the role and sacrifice that members of the military have given to our country."

Baltimore Grand Prix weekend will run Sept. 2 through Sept. 4 and will encompass a 2.0-mile temporary street circuit traveling through downtown, past the Inner Harbor and around Camden Yards. The weekend will feature a combination of racing and festivities, highlighted by the American Le Mans Series and IZOD IndyCar Series.

Tickets are available at or 877-4-FLY-TIX.

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