Labor Day Weekend was likely the last time we’ll see open-wheel cars racing around Pratt Street at 180 mph.
Grand Prix of Baltimore organizers—that is, the most recent group to try its hand at putting on an IndyCar Series race here—announced shortly after this year’s event they weren’t coming back for 2014 or 2015. With M&T Bank Stadium set to host the Navy-Ohio State football game next Labor Day and an American Legion Convention slotted for 2015, city officials and Race On LLC blamed scheduling conflicts, but the truth is the event was beset by mismanagement from the get-go.
And flagging attendance the past two years never matched the curious crowds that turned out for the inaugural 2011 show.
Three years ago, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the Grand Prix “a game-changer” for Baltimore and remained the event’s biggest cheerleader, but many folks—and local businesses—will happily wave goodbye to the month-long traffic disruptions.