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Grand Prix of Baltimore offers $5 Friday tickets to students

Posted on 01 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Grand Prix of Baltimore Presented by SRT Offering Special AdmissionTo Students on Friday, Aug. 30 

BALTIMORE (Aug. 1, 2013) – Organizers of the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT today announced that active students who present a valid student ID can attend the event on Friday, Aug. 30 for a special one-day price of just $5. The discounted passes will be available at ticket booths located at all of the track’s admission gates.

Students who take advantage of this special admission policy will enjoy general admission access to IZOD IndyCar Series practice sessions, qualifying for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, multiple musical performances on the main stage and activities in the Esskay Family Fun Zone; those 21 and older also can attend the Budweiser Party Zone.

“This is the ideal day way for students to enjoy the final days of summer, before school kicks into high gear,” said Grand Prix of Baltimore General Manager Tim Mayer. “Whether you’re an elementary school student or doing post-graduate work, this is a great opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the Celebration of Acceleration for just $5.”

Activities in the Esskay Family Fun Zone range from high-performance Autobahn go-karting to Pinewood Derby races to Radio Disney performances, bounce houses, and an obstacle course designed by Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Music on the Grand Prix’s main stage will consist of the Doyle Brothers – a New York-based band combining the timeless classics of the Everly Brothers with the modern swagger of Michael Bublé and Bruno Mars – and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band The Waiting.

The $5 ticket special is not available online, as active students must present a valid student ID at a Grand Prix of Baltimore ticket booth on Friday, Aug. 30 in order to receive the discounted admission. Complete ticket and event information is available at www.GrandPrixofBaltimore.com.

About the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT

 

The third annual Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT is one of only two events in the United States to feature the IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patron in the same weekend. The IZOD IndyCar Series runs 75 laps around the Grand Prix’s 12-turn, two-mile street course adjacent to the famed Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore. The ALMS race is a timed competition, with the team completing the most laps in 2 hours and 45 minutes taking the victory. The Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT also includes Firestone Indy Lights racing and, for the first time in 2013, the largest single-make series in North America: the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama.

 

Beyond the racing action, the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT offers a full range of food and beverage offerings and dynamic live musical entertainment, including multi-platinum recording artists LIVE. The Esskay Family Fun Zone houses a wealth of interactive games and activities for parents and children of all ages in an indoor, climate-controlled environment. The Budweiser Party Zone offers a range of great food offerings, live radio broadcasts with 98 Rock (WIYY-FM) and more great music for event-goers 21 and older.

 

The 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT will take place Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 2013. For more information, please visit www.grandprixofbaltimore.com.

 

About SRT

 

The Chrysler Group’s SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand uses a successful product development formula featuring five proven hallmarks: awe-inspiring powertrains; outstanding ride, handling and capability; benchmark braking; aggressive and functional exteriors and race-inspired and high-performance interiors to remain true to its performance roots.

The SRT vehicle lineup features five vehicles that are world-class performance contenders and bring the latest in safety technologies and creature comforts. The 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8 are joined by the new 2014 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT and the SRT flagship 2013 Viper and Viper GTS models which are making their highly anticipated return to the high-performance sports car market.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef Kayode (Saturday 9pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime), Gabriel Rosado vs. Joel Julio (Friday 9pm from Bethlehem, PA live on NBC Sports Network); WNBA: Minnesota Lynx @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Pro Lacrosse: MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Denver Outlaws (Saturday 9pm from Denver live on ESPN3.com)

10. Zac Brown Band (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Capital Jazz Fest feat. Indie.Arie, Bill Cosby (Friday-Sunday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Radiohead (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Miranda Lambert/Jerrod Niemann (Sunday 4pm Jiffy Lube Live);  City and Colour (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Smile Empty Soul (Saturday 5pm Recher Theatre); Crossfade (Monday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dandy Warhols (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Used (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Victor Wooten (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Dr. John (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Rhett Miller (Monday 8pm Jammin Java)

I’d watch ZBB do just about anything, but this was as good as anything I’ve seen them do…

My favorite tune from Thom Yorke and the boys?

For more traditional country folk, I sorta dig this Jerrod Niemann tune…

I wish I didn’t have to admit to digging this tune…

9. Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival (Saturday & Sunday 12pm Oregon Ridge); Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Corey Holcomb (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Man on a Ledge” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Glenn Clark’s first ever “Hogfest” (Saturday)

That’s right. For the first time in my (still?) young life, I will be roasting a pig Saturday. It’s all thanks in part to ABC Rental Store in Rosedale. A talented young man I listen to on the radio is always talking to me about them. I think his show is called “The Reality Check.” I PRAY my results make me as happy as George W. Bush…

Also, I will be hosting a qualifier for the Olympic KanJam team Saturday (more on Twitter @OlympicKanJam). I expect the day to look much like this…

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Five year deal in place for Race On, Baltimore Grand Prix

Posted on 16 May 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE (AP) — The new team behind the Grand Prix of Baltimore hopes to avoid previous promoters’ mistakes and build on the event’s success with fans as they dash toward a Labor Day finish line.

“Time is a big challenge,” said J.P. Grant of Race On LLC said Wednesday, after the city approved a five-year contract with the group just three-and-a-half months before the first race cars pull on to the downtown street course. “We’re running quickly, but efficiently.”

The approval clears the way for the group to begin selling tickets May 28 and signing deals with sponsors, said Grant, who will manage Race On with fellow Baltimore-area businessman Greg O’Neill. American Le Mans and IZOD IndyCar, the two headlining series from last year, plan to return Labor Day weekend.

Race On is working on a compressed timeline, but they’re hoping to learn from mistakes made with the inaugural event and deliver on their own promises. To help make that happen, Race On has hired Andretti Sports Marketing, led by retired racer Michael Andretti, to handle operations, sales, marketing and logistics.

The group has helped bring back struggling race events in Toronto, Milwaukee and St. Petersburg, Fla. and Baltimore’s event has potential, Andretti said. The former racer and IndyCar team owner attended the race weekend last year and said the idea that it might not return this year was “unacceptable.”

“It was an incredible success from the outside looking in,” Andretti said. “We’ve done a lot of research and we feel that this race could be — the — street event in the world.”

Last year’s event drew about 160,000 spectators over three days to a 2-mile course on city streets and a study found that the event generated a $47 million economic impact for the region. To a fan in the stands or watching at home, the event last year looked like a success.

“The problem was the company behind it,” said City Councilman William Cole, a top booster of the event that takes place in his district. “They struggled mightily.”

Promoter Baltimore Racing Development failed to make good on millions of dollars in debt to the city, state and vendors and the city eventually dropped the group’s five-year contract. The city, which was owed $1.5 million, expects the state comptroller’s office to collect $600,000 in taxes and it could pursue another $700,000 in fees still owed, according a spokesman for the mayor.

The city dropped a second contract with Downforce Racing LLC when that group missed deadlines and announced a deal with Race On last week.

As the city’s Board of Estimates approved the Race On contract Wednesday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake noted that the new agreement includes safeguards for the city, including upfront payments for city services and guaranteed payments of admissions and amusement taxes.

Race On has the financial backing to ensure that everyone gets paid, Cole said.

“This is a different model,” he said. “It’s more sustainable.”

The biggest challenge is the short time before race day, but they will also have to be realistic about sponsorships in the first year, Andretti said. They’ll take care to avoid BRD’s mistakes, but last year’s event did demonstrate that it could be done.

“They created something that people understand,” he said.

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Downforce Racing to Take Over Baltimore Grand Prix

Posted on 16 February 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE (AP) – Baltimore has a new five-year agreement with a motorsports promoter for the Baltimore Grand Prix.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday that the final contract with Downforce Racing will be presented to the Board of Estimates next week. The city is touting the racing and financial management experience of Downforce Racing’s three leaders.

A study found that the inaugural Grand Prix generated a $47 million economic impact, but the city terminated its contract with Baltimore Racing Development after the group failed to pay $1.5 million owed to the city.

The new deal includes protections to ensure the city receives taxes and fees it is owed, including a 10 percent admission and amusement tax placed in an escrow account. The city can also audit Downforce’s records at any time.

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