Grand Prix of Baltimore

Year three of the Grand Prix brought more racing action and fewer fans than years two and one, which were similarly blessed with beautiful weather but marred by incompetent and undercapitalized management in the first instance and a too-short timeframe in the second. This year was different: Everything went according to plan. And still it underwhelmed. Too bad. The Indy-Izod races are actually pretty cool, with lots of lead changes and the occasional crash to liven up the show. But shutting down huge swaths of downtown and Federal Hill for a week grates on the people who actually make the city go. And in a city with a Super Bowl Champion and a major-league baseball team, the lackluster publicity and money racing brings doesn't seem worth the trouble.

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