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By Ed Carpenter | September 3, 2013
Welcome back to the final installment of my blog for The Baltimore Sun surrounding the Grand Prix of Baltimore. I hope you were able to get to the race and enjoy yourself while you were here. I met a lot of people who were doing just that. It was a crazy race, for sure. There was a lot of bumping and banging and running into other people. I took us out of the race early when I got the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet into the tire barrier on Lap 11 and we lost a lap to the leaders.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2013
Work crews hustled on Labor Day to break down concrete barriers and fencing from the Grand Prix of Baltimore, racing to reopen downtown streets and sidewalks before Tuesday's rush hour and a National Football League pregame concert later this week. By mid-morning, joggers, strollers and cars were pushing through roadway openings that workers had cleared between downtown and Federal Hill, areas that had been closed off for the weekend's auto races. The Baltimore City Department of Transportation said streets along the track circuit, which included portions of Pratt, Conway, Russell and Light streets, were scheduled to open one-by-one on Monday and "most roadways affected by the race" were expected to be accessible by 6 a.m. Tuesday.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
Sebastien Bourdais, who will start Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore from the last spot, registered the fastest time in the final practice before the race, finishing a lap of the 2.04-mile circuit in 1 minute, 18.4535 seconds Sunday morning. Bourdais, a 34-year-old native from Le Mans, France whose best outing this season was a runner-up finish to Scott Dixon at the Honda Indy Toronto 2 on July 13, lost his fastest lap for causing a red flag during Saturday's qualifying session and was bumped to the 24th spot.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won the IndyCar Series race in last year's Grand Prix of Baltimore, had a tough time defending his championship Sunday. After starting eighth, Hunter-Reay's DHL Chevrolet had “electronics issues” nearly from the start. His car stalled on the first lap and he dropped down to 22nd. After clawing his way back into the top 10, the same problem resurfaced and Hunter-Reay had to drop out of the race on the 42nd lap. He was 20th at the time. Hunter-Reay said afterward that the initial was an anti-stall mechanism malfunction at the start, but wasn't sure what caused his car to stall later on. “It's heartbreaking,” he said
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
As the debris cleared and Simon Pagenaud surveyed both the wreckage and the drivers still in contention in Sunday's IZOD IndyCar Series race at the Grand Prix of Baltimore, a simple thought came to the 29-year-old Frenchman. “I knew I was on fresher tires than the guys around me, I knew I had a faster car, but we needed to get going,” Pagenaud said. Aware that many of the circuit's biggest names had either left the 2.04 mile track for good or were well back in the pack - from pole sitter Scott Dixon to defending champion Ryan Hunter-Reay to three-time Indianapolis 500 champ Dario Franchitti to points leader Helio Castroneves to 2011 race winner Will Power - Pagenaud said he “ended up pushing as hard as I could.” Passing reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan after the next-to-last yellow flag was lifted, and doing the same to Marco Andretti after the final restart, Pagenaud's No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorports Honda pushed to the front and held off young American Josef Newgarden and fellow Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais to win the crash-filled 75-lap race by a little more than four seconds.
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Peter Schmuck | September 1, 2013
No doubt, a lot of open-wheel racing afficionados were shaking their heads after the Grand Prix of Baltimore turned into a demolition derby on Sunday, but the "chaos" that prevailed on the debris-strewn downtown course was just what the event needed to capture our admittedly primative imaginations. This is America. We don't like soccer. We don't like chess. We didn't even like real baseball until the steroid scandal shamed us back into it. Let's be honest, we claim we want to support public broadcasting, but we'd rather watch Shark Week.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
Simona De Silvestro's 25th birthday Sunday was one reason to celebrate. But the 24-year-old native of Thun, Switzerland gave herself another reason by scoring her best finish in almost three years. Driving the No. 78 car, De Silvestro placed fifth in the Grand Prix of Baltimore. It is her first top-five showing since finishing fourth at the 2011 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 27. “It was kind of a crazy race,” said De Silvestro, who began the race from the 17th position.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
The whine of Grand Prix's race cars carried across the Inner Harbor this weekend as Roland Keh stood on the steps of his Little Italy restaurant, surveying a deserted street. "As you can see, not a normal Saturday," said Keh, co-owner of Amiccis. "The foot traffic is not here. " The first year IndyCar racing came to downtown Baltimore, Little Italy restaurants banded together to put tables on the sidewalks and welcome fans. By the third year, Keh and his compatriots abandoned special plans, hopeful but not optimistic that patrons would show up. While the three-day festival of speed brings more than 100,000 people to the Inner Harbor, business owners far from the race track report lackluster sales as Grand Prix of Baltimore patrons stay close to the track and non-race visitors shy away.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
David Williams' Columbia-based marketing company makes heavy use of data to help business clients reach customers and maintain their loyalty. As a racecar driver, the CEO of Merkle Inc. also sifts through data to improve his performance on the track. "It's amazing how the use of data has evolved in motor sports," Williams said. "There is a computer in my car that captures more than 100 elements associated with the vehicle - G-forces and speed and brake pressure. We are capturing all this information in real time from that car, and after a race or qualifying or practice session, we download all that data into a computer and we can analyze foot-by-foot around that racetrack how fast we were going.
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September 1, 2013
A look at the Grand Prix of Baltimore through the lenses of the Baltimore Sun and Getty photographers.
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