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THE 2013 GRAND PRIX OF BALTIMORE

INTRODUCTION

DAY 1 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013

DAY 2 SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2013

DAY 3 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2013

     


FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Practice #1 - IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama
8:50 AM - 9:50 AM Practice #1 - ALMS (All Classes)
10:10 AM - 10:55 AM Practice #1 - IZOD IndyCar Series
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Practice #2 - IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama
12:05 PM - 1:05 PM Practice #2 - ALMS (All Classes)
1:25 PM - 2:10 PM Practice #1 - Firestone Indy Lights
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Practice #2 - IZOD IndyCar Series
3:35 PM - 4:05 PM Qualifying - IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama
4:30 PM - 5:50 PM Qualifying - ALMS
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Post Event Concert at the Main Stage

Notable on the schedule for the weekend was the lack of the two bottom-rung IndyCar ladder series the Cooper Tires USF2000 Series, and the Pro Mazda Championship Series which had been participants the previous two years. Somewhere along the line during the planning for the 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore the decision was made to exclude them in favor of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge in an attempt to broaden the fan appeal of the race weekend as a whole. I'm not exactly certain who was responsible for that decision, but it was a disappointment to me, and I'm sure as well to the drivers in USF2000 and Pro Mazda. Those supporting ladder series, along with Indy Lights, are an essential training ground for future IndyCar drivers, and their little open wheel race cars, mostly driven by teenagers, were exciting to watch in previous years. The IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge cars all Porsche 911s seemed little more than ALMS without the really cool prototype cars on the track. I paid them no attention.

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INDY LIGHTS PRACTICE #1



INDYCAR PRACTICE #2










INDYCAR PADDOCK






ALMS QUALIFYING





CONTINUE TO DAY 2 AUGUST 31, 2013

     


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