Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Inaugural IZOD Indy Car Race At Baltimore Preview

The Baltimore Grand Prix is an IZOD Indy Car Series race held on a street circuit in Baltimore, Maryland. The inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix is scheduled for Labor Day weekend on September 2- 4, 2011 and the race will be on a temporary street circuit around the inner Harbor area of downtown Baltimore. The circuit is 2.1 miles and the course will start/finish near the intersection of Pratt street.
On September 4th, the IZOD Indy Car Series rockets into Baltimore to start round 15 of the Indy Car Series championship. Before the race starts Saturday afternoon, the IZOD Indy Cars had a couple Practice sessions and qualified for the race.
More than 75,000 people are expected to be down town in Baltimore to watch the Baltimore Grand Prix Saturday afternoon.
Is the street course ready for its Indy Car debut? Drivers politely told Indy Car officals that the course is not ready. If cars are stacked up like overturned Matchbox cars at Turn One today, or there is a crash in the pits, I can assure you the politeness will go away.
In Practice one: Penske racing driver, Will Power was the fastest
The IZOD Indy Car Series Practice #2 Results:
1 Will Power
2 Dario Franchitti
3 Graham Rahal
4 Scott Dixon
5 Sebastien Bourdais
6 Vitor Meira
7 Ryan Briscoe
8 James Hinchcliffe
9 Giorgio Pantano
10 Oriol Servia
11 Takuma Sato
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay
13 EJ Viso 0.9987
14 Charlie Kimball
15 Helio Castroneve
16 Tomas Scheckter
17 JR Hildebrand
18 Mike Conway
19 Martin Plowman
20 Alex Tagliani
21 Simona de Silvestro
22 Tony Kanaan
23 James Jakes
24 Danica Patrick
25 Marco Andretti
26 Ana Beatriz
27 Sebastian Saavedra
28 Ed Carpenter
IZOD Indy Car driver Simona de Silvestro led Sundays pre- race warm-up in Baltimore. The 30- minute session ended up only being 4 laps as a result of two crashes. Tony Kanaan had no brakes at the end of the 170 mph front stretch. Turning left as the corner approached, Kanaan intentionally steered his car in to the side of castroneves, launching the KV Racing car high into the air . Thankfully both drivers were not hurt after that incident. The second Crash- involved three cars, with Panther Racing’s JR Hilebrand slipping down the inside corner while Anna Beatriz was turning in with her righ rear, sending her into the air and into the corner exit tire barrier. James Jakes was following immediately behind, and got into the back of Hildebrand’s car, blocking the track.
Results of Sunday’s Pre race warm- up
1.Simona de Silvestro
2 Danica Patrick
3 Tony Kanaan
4 Dario Franchitti
5 Will Power
6 Mike Conway
7 Marco Andretti
8 Scott Dixon
9 James Hinchcliffe
10 James Jakes
11 Sebastien Bourdais
12 Alex Tagliani
13 Helio Castroneves
14 Ryan Briscoe
15 Ana Beatriz
16 Martin Plowman
17 EJ Viso
18 JR Hildebrand
19 Vitor Meira
20 Ryan Hunter-Reay
21 Oriol Servia
22 Sebastian Saavedra
23 Ed Carpenter
24 Charlie Kimball
25 Giorgio Pantano
26 Tomas Scheckter
27 Takuma Sato
28 Graham Rahal
In qualifying, it was Will Power who snatch the pole for the Baltimore Grand Prix. Graham Rahal starts in the second position, Ryan Briscoe starts in the 3rd position, Dario Franchitii starts 4th, and Sebastien Bourdais starts 5th. The Cars of Tony Kanaan and Helio will be moved to the back of the field today after both of them have changed to backup cars. The # 82 will start p27, and the # 3 p28.
Ganassi’s Dario Franchitti has two wins, two thirds and a fourth on street courses this year. Penske’s Will Power has a similar record with two wins, a second and was in contention for a top finish at Toronto were he was taken out.
Ganassi, Penske, and Andretti Auto Sport have been in control of the Street courses this year and this weekend at Baltimore, I expect that its going to be Ganassi or Penske racing that is going to dominate the race. Race Fans: You got to tune into Versus Saturday 2pm ET and get ready to watch great IZOD Indy Car Series racing!
To see the complete results of qualifying, click on the link below.

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