There is a thorough, well written story by a lady named Julie Scharper of The Baltimore Sun that was published a couple of days ago about the upcoming Baltimore street race. Here are some of the key points made in the story:
-There are railroad tracks, and no one has figured out how to avoid a General Lee type situation akin to the way the ill-fated champcar series embarrassed itself at the one and done street abomination in San Jose.
-The population in Baltimore seemingly does not give a rip about having the Indy Cars in town on their streets.
The event does have millions of tax dollars for improvements from the lukewarm taxpayers, but the infrastructure has to be funded and right now it’s not. Robin Miller is quoted heavily, and given his sense of negativity and pessimism in general, the ominous tone of the article is enhanced by his contributions.
Here is my prediction, based on past performances: Lots of people will attend the first year because of the novelty. In subsequent years, not a lot of people will attend because the hype is better than the reality. The cars are not as impressive as they are on ovals. Spectators can’t see much of the course. It will be a hassle to get there and get around.
We are likely to end up with a Denver situation that fails after two years. That is the way it goes for street events. Not everything can be a Long Beach. Geographically Baltimore/Washington is an ideal market for Indy Cars. It is a shame someone won’t build a real track for them to race on.