Race On Baltimore LLC and Andretti Sports Marketing, the new promoters of the Baltimore Grand Prix, are bringing fast-paced action back to the Charm City for a second year beginning on Aug. 31 and they promise that this year’s event will have something for those not interested in sports and race fans alike.
The 2012 Baltimore Grand Prix presented by SRT will be a dream come true for hardcore motor sports fans as they’ll get a chance to watch the IndyCar Series and the American LeMan Series in person.
But according to RaceOnBaltimore.com, there will be plenty of family-oriented activities to enjoy before, during and after races throughout the Labor Day weekend event, which is slated to run through Sept. 2 in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Fans attending the race are encouraged to visit three DHL Speed Zones set up around the race track, where they’ll find interactive games for both kids and adults. According to reports, one of the DHL Speed Zones, located near the intersection of Pratt and Light streets, will offer a Family Fun Fair every morning during the race weekend starting at 9 a.m. The Family Fun Fair will feature free attractions, including a Ferris wheel, a rock-climbing wall, a moon bounce, along with autograph sessions, picture-taking opportunities, face painting, temporary tattoos, balloon artists and plenty of live music.
Local school marching bands and some of the area’s premiere DJs are expected to perform. There will also be a go kart racing track set up and sponsored by Dr. Pepper TEN where youths and adults can test their own racing skills. The Dr. Pepper TEN Test Track will be set up at the Car Corrals in Lot B and will be open to the public every day of the Grand Prix event, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds from the go kart track will go to the Maryland Food Bank, just as they did during last year’s inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix. According to MDFoodBank.org, the Dr. Pepper TEN Test Track generated more than $5,000 to fund 10,000 meals for hungry Marylanders.
The BGP will also offer the Car Corral Experience, an exclusive choice for people who aren’t necessarily into racing but still love to drive a beautiful car. According to RaceOnBaltimore.com, the Car Corral Experience is reserved exclusively for Corvette and Porsche owners only. For $100, Corvette and Porsche drivers can park in special welcoming tent that will allow them to socialize with one other while interacting with special guests affiliated with the race.
Another similar VIP experience offered at the BGP is the Andretti Club, where fans can watch the race from the Baltimore Convention Center. They will have the vantage point of looking down Pratt Street, where the IndyCar Series and American LeMan Series races will both start and finish. Entry passes to the Andretti Club starts at $895 for individuals; $8,950 to reserve a table for 10 and can be purchased at RaceOnBaltimore.com.
The Baltimore Grand Prix will also offer a unique opportunity for anyone interested in voluntary community service. With so many events planned, a bevy of volunteers are needed. Volunteers will be assigned to different areas, including customer relations, guest and hospitality services, media relations, transportation services, track services and clean up assistance. In exchange, volunteers will receive limited free access to the race; meal vouchers; complimentary parking; a discount on all Grand Prix merchandise and other privileges. Those interested in volunteering should contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.