The first Baltimore Grand Prix will be run over Labor Day weekend next year, Sept. 2-4, instead of Aug. 5-7 as originally announced, the city and Baltimore Racing Development revealed Monday. The race organizers also announced a series of improvements to the track layout to allow for more fan attractions.
"We are very excited to be able to schedule the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix for the weekend that we originally wanted," said Jay Davidson, president of the Baltimore Grand Prix and Baltimore Racing Development. "We have always planned to market the Baltimore Grand Prix as a destination event, and we are expecting race fans from throughout the region and around the world to travel to the race. Having the grand prix on Labor Day weekend makes it even easier for fans to make travel plans to attend this action-packed 'three day festival of speed' in downtown Baltimore."
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the revised date could provide weather dividends as well.
"I'm very pleased that BRD and IndyCar are now able to accommodate the city's preferred date for the Baltimore Grand Prix," said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. "Labor Day weekend will provide another full day for racing fans to enjoy all that Baltimore has to offer and with any luck, slightly cooler temperatures."
The new design of the course includes moving a pit lane from Russell Street on the west side of Oriole Park to the east side of the complex, adjacent to the historic B&O Warehouse. With the new pit location, the racetrack will now circle Oriole Park. Two new turns have been added on Conway Street to slow the cars as they approach pit lane. The new layout also features reconfigured Turns 10 and 11, as the previous tight turns become fast, sweeping S-turns back onto Pratt Street. The first four turns remain unchanged.