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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2011
You have to give Marco Andretti credit. He's an Indy Car driver, which would be something for any 24-year-old to be proud of. But for Andretti, having the guts to choose that profession is something many twenty-somethings wouldn't want to take on. His father is Michael Andretti, the third-winningest driver in Indy Car history. His grandfather is Mario Andretti, the most versatile American driver in motorsports history. Marco said he might be feeling that pressure — if he had ever known anything else.
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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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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2013
The skeptics have followed Marco Andretti ever since he was old enough to drive a go-kart. Just as the offspring and siblings of stars in other sports often struggle to live up to the family name, Andretti's accomplishments in his eight-year IndyCar Series career have paled in comparison to his father, Michael, whose own career fell in the shadow of legendary family patriarch Mario Andretti. Initially, Marco quieted the whispers when he finished a close second in his Indianapolis 500 debut in 2006 and three months later won his first IndyCar race as a 19-year-old rookie.
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By Don Markus | August 31, 2013
Some of open-wheel racing's biggest names didn't make it into the Top 12 Saturday for Sunday's Izod IndyCar Series race in the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Dario Franchitti, who has won the pole at four events this year, will start 15 th , one spot ahead of Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan and three ahead of Marco Andretti. Kanaan, who finished second to Will Power in the inaugural Baltimore race two years ago, said afterward that he thought he was headed for the second round of qualifying before “we got caught up in some traffic” that resulted from a single-car crash involving E.J. Viso.
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Lorraine Mirabella | August 27, 2012
  IndyCar racing champion Michael Andretti will be at Giant Food in Parkville on Thursday to talk with shoppers and sign autographs. Andretti, CEO of Andretti Sports Marketing, the promoter of the Grand Prix of Baltimore, will be at the store at 7709 Harford Road from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Andretti's son, Marco Andretti, will be driving the No. 26 Dr. Pepper TEN car during the IZOD IndyCar Series race on Sunday. Landover-based Giant is a sponsor of this weekend's 2012 Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT. The three-day event in the streets of downtown Baltimore kicks off on Friday.
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By Don Markus | August 31, 2013
Some of open-wheel racing's biggest names didn't make it into the Top 12 Saturday for Sunday's Izod IndyCar Series race in the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Dario Franchitti, who has won the pole at four events this year, will start 15 th , one spot ahead of Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan and three ahead of Marco Andretti. Kanaan, who finished second to Will Power in the inaugural Baltimore race two years ago, said afterward that he thought he was headed for the second round of qualifying before “we got caught up in some traffic” that resulted from a single-car crash involving E.J. Viso.
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Kevin Cowherd | August 28, 2011
Let me start by saying I'm rooting hard for the Baltimore Grand Prix. I hope this weekend's big IndyCar race through the downtown streets is a huge success that drowns out all the whiners. I hope the city makes money and the bars and restaurants make money and we don't see any cars crash and go spinning into the Inner Harbor, which tends to upset the tourists climbing onto their water taxis. I hope race organizers get the 120,000 or so spectators they're hoping for and Baltimore becomes known for throwing a great road race, instead of for how many bodies they find on our streets.
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By Jim Tomlin, St. Petersburg Times | March 27, 2011
Dario Franchitti won last year's IndyCar championship with flair, overtaking Will Power in the finale after trailing most of the season. Franchitti didn't wait nearly that long to take command of Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The two-time defending series champion passed Power for first place on a Lap 5 restart and went on to lead 94 of 100 laps for his first victory on the 1.8-mile downtown street course. "A lot hinged on that first restart, passing Will there," Franchitti said.
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Will Power, feeling a little under the weather from a cold that has been traveling through members of the Penske Team this weekend, put his foot down Friday afternoon to let Ganassi driver Scott Dixon know someone else can find his way around the 2.258-mile road course. Dixon -- who has won three of the last five IZOD IndyCar races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and sat on the pole for last year's race -- had to settle for second-fastest in the day's last practice session.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2013
As the only driver to finish in the top five of both runnings of the Grand Prix of Baltimore, Scott Dixon has been the race's most consistent finisher. But the New Zealander, who has the most wins (31) in the 17-year history of the Indy Racing League, has loftier aspirations. "Finishing in the top five is one thing, but winning it is something totally different," Dixon said Thursday morning. "We always try to remember that when we go to races, we go there to win, and that's what we're definitely trying to do this year.
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August 30, 2013
If you're thinking about going to the Grand Prix of Baltimore, here are some things to keep in mind: When can I see racing this weekend? Beginning at 8 a.m. each day, Friday-Sunday, cars will be zipping around the Inner Harbor for practice sessions, qualifying and races. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. There is pretty much something to do or see from 8 a.m. until sundown around the course. Who should we watch? Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon are the top two IndyCar series points leaders, with last year's Grand Prix of Baltimore winner, Ryan Hunter-Reay, in third.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2013
The skeptics have followed Marco Andretti ever since he was old enough to drive a go-kart. Just as the offspring and siblings of stars in other sports often struggle to live up to the family name, Andretti's accomplishments in his eight-year IndyCar Series career have paled in comparison to his father, Michael, whose own career fell in the shadow of legendary family patriarch Mario Andretti. Initially, Marco quieted the whispers when he finished a close second in his Indianapolis 500 debut in 2006 and three months later won his first IndyCar race as a 19-year-old rookie.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2013
As the only driver to finish in the top five of both runnings of the Grand Prix of Baltimore, Scott Dixon has been the race's most consistent finisher. But the New Zealander, who has the most wins (31) in the 17-year history of the Indy Racing League, has loftier aspirations. "Finishing in the top five is one thing, but winning it is something totally different," Dixon said Thursday morning. "We always try to remember that when we go to races, we go there to win, and that's what we're definitely trying to do this year.
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Lorraine Mirabella | August 27, 2012
  IndyCar racing champion Michael Andretti will be at Giant Food in Parkville on Thursday to talk with shoppers and sign autographs. Andretti, CEO of Andretti Sports Marketing, the promoter of the Grand Prix of Baltimore, will be at the store at 7709 Harford Road from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Andretti's son, Marco Andretti, will be driving the No. 26 Dr. Pepper TEN car during the IZOD IndyCar Series race on Sunday. Landover-based Giant is a sponsor of this weekend's 2012 Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT. The three-day event in the streets of downtown Baltimore kicks off on Friday.
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Will Power, feeling a little under the weather from a cold that has been traveling through members of the Penske Team this weekend, put his foot down Friday afternoon to let Ganassi driver Scott Dixon know someone else can find his way around the 2.258-mile road course. Dixon -- who has won three of the last five IZOD IndyCar races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and sat on the pole for last year's race -- had to settle for second-fastest in the day's last practice session.
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Kevin Cowherd | August 28, 2011
Let me start by saying I'm rooting hard for the Baltimore Grand Prix. I hope this weekend's big IndyCar race through the downtown streets is a huge success that drowns out all the whiners. I hope the city makes money and the bars and restaurants make money and we don't see any cars crash and go spinning into the Inner Harbor, which tends to upset the tourists climbing onto their water taxis. I hope race organizers get the 120,000 or so spectators they're hoping for and Baltimore becomes known for throwing a great road race, instead of for how many bodies they find on our streets.
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August 30, 2013
If you're thinking about going to the Grand Prix of Baltimore, here are some things to keep in mind: When can I see racing this weekend? Beginning at 8 a.m. each day, Friday-Sunday, cars will be zipping around the Inner Harbor for practice sessions, qualifying and races. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. There is pretty much something to do or see from 8 a.m. until sundown around the course. Who should we watch? Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon are the top two IndyCar series points leaders, with last year's Grand Prix of Baltimore winner, Ryan Hunter-Reay, in third.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2011
You have to give Marco Andretti credit. He's an Indy Car driver, which would be something for any 24-year-old to be proud of. But for Andretti, having the guts to choose that profession is something many twenty-somethings wouldn't want to take on. His father is Michael Andretti, the third-winningest driver in Indy Car history. His grandfather is Mario Andretti, the most versatile American driver in motorsports history. Marco said he might be feeling that pressure — if he had ever known anything else.
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