The IndyCar drivers like it. The mayor loves it, and so do the fans.
So, why not make the Grand Prix of Baltimore an annual fixture?
Looking back on this weekend’s British GP, here are 10 things you need to know:
- It could have been worse.
During the race day warm up, Cal Crutchlow crashed in morning practice in the Vale straight coming into Turn 8.
As track stewards were assisting, Marc Marquez ran off course in the same turn, giving Crutchlow and stewards only moments to react, narrowly missing the danger. The incident left Marquez with a dislocated left shoulder. Fortunately for Crutchlow and stewards, no additional injuries were sustained.
Sam Michael expects McLaren to show good form at Monza, where teams run will run ever lower downforce levels than in the last race in Belgium, where Jenson Button finished sixth.
“It’s not really the same as Spa,” Michael told this writer. “At Spa you have a trade-off between sector two, which is maximum downforce, and one and three which are minimum downforce. Monza is obviously all low downforce so it is a different aerodynamic track. But we should be good there as well, I think.
With the lone Toyota crashing out early, it was clear sailing for Audi, which took a commanding 1-2 victory in Sunday’s Six Hours of Sao Paulo, the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler made up ground in the title race with their second win of the year, following a flawless performance for the diesel-powered hybrid prototype.
History will show that Simon Pagenaud won the 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore.
The lasting image of Sunday’s race, however, will be Scott Dixon stuck in his car against the wall after another unfortunate run-in with rival Will Power.
Pagenaud charged to the lead after a series of collisions involving several other contenders on the bumpy, challenging street course that runs through the middle of the city.