Baltimore Panel OKs New Grand Prix Contract

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A city spending panel controlled by the mayor has approved a five-year contract with a new promoter for the Baltimore Grand Prix.

The city’s Board of Estimates voted 3-2 Wednesday to approve a contract with Downforce Racing LLC. Comptroller Joan Pratt and City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young voted against the contract, but the mayor and her two appointees voted in favor.

A study found that the inaugural Grand Prix generated a $47 million economic impact, but the city terminated its contract with Baltimore Racing Development after the group failed to pay $1.5 million owed to the city.

The contract has a provision that calls for keeping the race’s finances private, but Downforce will have to file monthly financial reports with the city.

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