Pencil in Labor Day weekend in Baltimore

By indycar.com staff

The inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix will be held over Labor Day weekend 2011 (Sept. 2-4), Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Racing Development announced.

The mayor and BRD also announced improvements to the circuit 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.”

Alterations to 12-turn course include moving pit lane from Russell Street on the west side of Oriole Park at Camden Yards to the east side of the complex in the shadows of the historic B&O Warehouse. With the new pit lane location, the racetrack will now circle Oriole Park.

Two 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 sweeping “S” turns back onto the long Pratt Street straight. The first four turns remain unchanged.

The race weekend also will include Firestone Indy Lights.

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