Baltimore Grand Prix: Driver sightings, giveaways, discounts

Baltimore offers events, deals for IndyCar fans, locals

  • Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara Honda, races during the IZOD IndyCar Series Indy Grand Prix of Sonama race at Infineon Raceway on Aug. 28, 2011 in Sonoma, Calif.
Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske… (Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images )
August 31, 2011|b staff

If you're in Baltimore for the Grand Prix or you're simply a local looking for something to do, there's plenty to keep you occupied: driver appearances, concerts, attractions and more.

Racer sightings

Adobe Road Wine Dinner: With champion driver Marc Bunting and others competing in the Baltimore Grand Prix. Preview the Team Baltimore Racing show car. Wednesday, Morton's The Steakhouse, 300 S. Charles St. $125.

Al Unser Jr. and other IndyCar series racers: Appearing 7 p.m. Wednesday; chance to win tickets with Izod purchase. Macy’s, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Danica Patrick and Mike Conway: Appearing 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Buffalo Wild Wings, 10391 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.

Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay: Appearing 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Buffalo Wild Wings, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd., White Marsh.

Dario Franchitti: Appearing 6-9 p.m. Friday at Radcliffe Jewelers, 1848 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. He’ll be promoting the TW Steel line of watches. The event will also feature an auction benefiting The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai. RSVP required; email name, phone and any guests to


Free concerts at Power Plant Live: Race week kickoff party with Lost in Paris, the Philly party band, on Thursday. HyJinx (rock/dance cover band): Friday (gates open 6 p.m.). 34 Market Place.

Grand Prix Meet and Greet at Hard Rock Cafe: Doug Rockwell, Planeside, 8 Ohms and a DJ performance by Chris Vrenna; IndyCar driver meet & greets; silent auction to benefit Al Unser Jr. Children’s Charitable Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Friday, 601 E. Pratt St. Free.

Grand Prix Kickoff: Olivia Newton-John & Terrell Owens co-host Pink and Blue for Two: Performances by Newton-John and Kelly Bell Band; auctions. Benefits cancer awareness. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; meet-and-great 6:30 p.m. Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. $45-$500.

Random goodness

Race to Little Italy Street Celebration: Bocce tournaments, music, food. Friday-Saturday. Free admission.

Grand Prix Child Race Car Giveaway: You can enter to win a pint-sized Grand Prix race car through Sept. 6 at the Baltimore Visitor Center, 401 Light St.

“Super Speedway” IMAX screening: About Indy Car racing and the Andretti family. Friday-Sunday, Maryland Science Center.

Discounts and free admission

Free admission: 10-11 a.m. Wednesday: Baltimore Museum of Industry; American Visionary Art Museum; Reginald F. Lewis Museum; Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Museum; Maryland Science Center; Geppi’s Entertainment Museum; others.

IndyCar exhibit: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. The Sports Legends Museum. Discounted $5 admission (and extended hours) Thursday-Sunday.

Zoo Prix (corrected): Drive Out the Animal in You!: Racing-themed events at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Saturday-Sunday. Buy-one-get-one-50-percent-off admission (discount not available to general public).

National Aquarium: $5-off discount Thursday-Monday. Enter promo code: GRAND at

Free Historic Fell's Point Walking Tours: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. through Sunday. Fell's Point Visitor Center.

Happy hours and prix-fixe meals: Nearly 50 happy hours and prix-fixe menus are being offered in conjunction with the Baltimore Grand Prix.

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