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By Peter Schmuck | July 20, 2011
While Baltimore gets all gussied up for its IndyCar debut on Labor Day weekend, the people who have turned NASCAR into America's favorite motorsport want you to know that they love Charm City, too. That's why NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace was acting as an impromptu tour director on the Annapolitan II in the Inner Harbor on Tuesday morning, entertaining a boatload of racing fans with his North Carolina drawl and his admittedly limited knowledge of...
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
As excited kids clung to fences and people packed grandstands to catch glimpses of IndyCars blurring around the streets of Baltimore, other Grand Prix of Baltimore attendees could be found in unlikely places Sunday. Indoors. Exhausted, they were reclining on chairs in Convention Center nooks, stacked up like cordwood in a downtown sandwich shop and decamped like heat-seared refugees to the orange and blue carpet of the Baltimore Hilton's air-conditioned walkway. "It's a lot cooler in here," said David Allen, 19, of Baltimore County, who sought shelter in the hotel walkway, which stretches to the Convention Center and offered a clear view of the track, sheltered from the heat of the day. The spot came in handy Sunday as temperatures rose into the upper 80s, and humidity hovered around a soupy 66 percent, according to the National Weather Service.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
As excited kids clung to fences and people packed grandstands to catch glimpses of IndyCars blurring around the streets of Baltimore, other Grand Prix of Baltimore attendees could be found in unlikely places Sunday. Indoors. Exhausted, they were reclining on chairs in Convention Center nooks, stacked up like cordwood in a downtown sandwich shop and decamped like heat-seared refugees to the orange and blue carpet of the Baltimore Hilton's air-conditioned walkway. "It's a lot cooler in here," said David Allen, 19, of Baltimore County, who sought shelter in the hotel walkway, which stretches to the Convention Center and offered a clear view of the track, sheltered from the heat of the day. The spot came in handy Sunday as temperatures rose into the upper 80s, and humidity hovered around a soupy 66 percent, according to the National Weather Service.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
Brad Banker grew up a sports fan outside Green Bay, Wis., but auto racing was not high on his list of passions. His father was a longtime employee of the Packers and Banker, who somehow became a fan of the rival Minnesota Vikings, wound up playing football and lacrosse at Moorhead State in Minnesota. Banker taught for a year after getting his master's, but went into commercial real estate to make a little more money. But it wasn't until Banker got his commercial trucking license and found a job working for Andretti Racing that he finally found his dream job. Starting off driving the team's haulers from stop to stop, Banker eventually got a part-time gig changing tires on pit road and wound up overseeing the team's logistical issues for everything from corporate tents to Port-o-Johns.
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By Christine Demkowych and Christine Demkowych,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 11, 2003
On most days, Pimlico Good Neighbors is a quiet community of brick rowhouses and free-standing bungalows nestled along tree-lined streets. But on Preakness Day this tiny neighborhood - tucked behind the northwest corner of historic Pimlico Race Course - is transformed into a bustling hub of commercial activity. Lawns become parking lots, back yards double as concession stands, and kids work as porters hauling coolers and other spectator paraphernalia for race fans. On Saturday, more than 100,000 people are expected to watch the Preakness, the second jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown.
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May 21, 2013
ust a reminder. There are no sure winners in racing, as Saturday's Preakness was proof of. A poll was taken and 65 percent of the race fans thought Orb was going to win. When Orb failed to go into "orbit," most people were shocked. But not the old-timers. They know "sure things" can be beat. Remember Man-o-War, Upset, Citation and Saggy? Robert M. Dillow Baldwin
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
Race fans will be able to get owner/driver Ed Carpenter's autograph at 8 p.m. Friday evening at the Inner Harbor's Power Plant Live. Carpenter will be appearing as part of his sponsor's Fuzzy's Green Flag Tour at Howl at the Moon. The evening celebrates the world's fastest open-wheel racing cars coming to town for the second annual Grand Prix of Baltimore. A year ago, Carpenter finished 20th in the inaugural race driving for Sarah Fisher Racing.
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by Richard Gorelick | August 29, 2012
In and around the track, here's what hotels and restaurants are offering for race fans. All of them are open to the public. The Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards is the official hotel sponsor of the Grand Prix of Baltimore Presented by SRT, as well as the official hotel sponsor of Team Baltimore Racing. They will be offering a series of promotions and events for the public all weekend long. On Friday, Aug. 31, the hotel will host a Team Baltimore Racing Happy Hour, open to the public, featuring a live performance by the Crawdaddies.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1998
Determined to win over Anne Arundel County residents in its third try to find an uncontested site for a $100 million speedway, the Middle River Racing Association held a tightly formatted community meeting last night, highlighted by displays, tables of food and speakers.Its pitch was that a speedway would be a boon to the county and not a loud, polluting, traffic-generating bad neighbor.About 400 residents and race fans turned out for the meeting in a Pasadena fire hall. By press time, opponents in the crowd had not yet been allowed time to ask their questions -- all to be funneled through a moderator -- and complained that the meeting was "too tightly controlled" and a "snow job."
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1998
Determined to win over Anne Arundel County residents in its third try to find an uncontested site for a $100 million speedway, the Middle River Racing Association held a tightly formatted community meeting last night, highlighted by displays, tables of food and speakers.Its pitch was that a speedway would be a boon to the county and not a loud, polluting, traffic-generating bad neighbor.Some 400 residents and race fans turned out for the meeting in a Pasadena fire hall. By press time, opponents in the crowd had not yet been allowed time to ask their questions -- all to be funneled through a moderator -- and complained that the meeting was "too tightly controlled" and a "snow job."
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By Ian Duncan and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
Race cars whipped around downtown Baltimore on Saturday, turning usually traffic-choked streets into a speedway, their engines filling the air with the sounds of a hornet's hum on the straights and a smoker's cackle at the hairpin turn. As the cars negotiated the two mile course's first turn from Pratt Street onto Light Street during morning warm-ups, spectators lounged in the grandstands or pressed against the barriers, many with cameras in hand trying to freeze the action in a snapshot.
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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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May 21, 2013
ust a reminder. There are no sure winners in racing, as Saturday's Preakness was proof of. A poll was taken and 65 percent of the race fans thought Orb was going to win. When Orb failed to go into "orbit," most people were shocked. But not the old-timers. They know "sure things" can be beat. Remember Man-o-War, Upset, Citation and Saggy? Robert M. Dillow Baldwin
ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick | August 29, 2012
In and around the track, here's what hotels and restaurants are offering for race fans. All of them are open to the public. The Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards is the official hotel sponsor of the Grand Prix of Baltimore Presented by SRT, as well as the official hotel sponsor of Team Baltimore Racing. They will be offering a series of promotions and events for the public all weekend long. On Friday, Aug. 31, the hotel will host a Team Baltimore Racing Happy Hour, open to the public, featuring a live performance by the Crawdaddies.
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
Race fans will be able to get owner/driver Ed Carpenter's autograph at 8 p.m. Friday evening at the Inner Harbor's Power Plant Live. Carpenter will be appearing as part of his sponsor's Fuzzy's Green Flag Tour at Howl at the Moon. The evening celebrates the world's fastest open-wheel racing cars coming to town for the second annual Grand Prix of Baltimore. A year ago, Carpenter finished 20th in the inaugural race driving for Sarah Fisher Racing.
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August 26, 2012
How ironic that The Sun should publish another letter from a racing hater complaining about traffic problems on the same day that it ran a picture of the people fighting the traffic problems caused by last week's Ravens game ("Baltimore isn't Le Mans," Aug. 24). If we're going to base which sporting events the city is going to host based on traffic disruptions, then we'd better get rid of the Orioles and the Ravens before we do away with the Baltimore Grand Prix. In terms of the total number of hours of people struggling with traffic, the Grand Prix causes but a fraction of the problem caused by our two major league sports teams.
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By STAN DILLON | February 20, 1994
Tom Linder loves auto racing. He is very involved in the sport, not as a driver, but as a fan.Realizing that race fans are loyal to businesses who support their sport, the Sykesville resident turned his love for motor sports into a marketing tool to promote and gain exposure for his employer, Miller Chevrolet in Ellicott City.Linder has been around racing since he was 4. He attended Dorsey Speedway in Howard County with his father until it was closed in the early '80s. That forced him to travel to Hagerstown and Hanover, Pa., to enjoy oval track racing.
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August 26, 2012
How ironic that The Sun should publish another letter from a racing hater complaining about traffic problems on the same day that it ran a picture of the people fighting the traffic problems caused by last week's Ravens game ("Baltimore isn't Le Mans," Aug. 24). If we're going to base which sporting events the city is going to host based on traffic disruptions, then we'd better get rid of the Orioles and the Ravens before we do away with the Baltimore Grand Prix. In terms of the total number of hours of people struggling with traffic, the Grand Prix causes but a fraction of the problem caused by our two major league sports teams.
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July 15, 2012
The new team that's organizing the Baltimore Grand Prix faces two big challenges. The first is overcoming the logistical difficulties of throwing together the complicated enterprise that is a three-day street racing festival in less than four months. And the second is overcoming the skepticism of race fans, sponsors, vendors and Baltimore residents who are wary after last year's organizers left millions in bad debts and the city's handpicked replacement team collapsed just months before this year's event.
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