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Checkered Flag Drops On Grand Prix Of Baltimore

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Race cars fly through the streets of Baltimore. The second annual Grand Prix of Baltimore comes to a close with a nail-biting finish.

Meghan McCorkell was down near the racetrack–where thousands of people got quite a show.

Organizers admit there were smaller crowds than last year. That’s something they expected. But they’re hoping the success this year means bigger crowds in the future.

The grandstands packed, for the grand finale of the Grand Prix of Baltimore.

Racing’s best went head to head, tearing through downtown streets.

“I think it’s really neat to see the cars racing on the Baltimore streets,” said Theresa Clark of Pasadena.

“All this race does is give us an opportunity to spotlight what we already know… and that’s how wonderful our city is,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Just 90 days ago, the race was taken over by “Race on Baltimore,” partnered with Andretti Sports Marketing.

“This event goes to 130 countries around the world. It goes nationwide and the city looks fantastic,” said Tim Mayer, CEO of the Grand Prix.

And another big win for the Andretti’s on victory lane. One of their drivers won top spot. Ryan Hunter-Reay spoke with WJZ, minutes after his big win.

“Man, Baltimore is such a cool city. The fans come out and support us. IndyCar fans are the best fanbase I could ever ask for. And we’re back in the championship hunt now going into the final race. Amazing day,” Hunter-Reay said.

“It’s been a great atmosphere, so I’m looking forward to this race being on the calendar for many years to come,” said driver Ryan Briscoe, who finished second.

Organizers also hope the checkered flag will be waved again in Baltimore next year.

Now the massive clean up is underway. Organizers say they plan to have all intersections downtown back open by rush hour Tuesday morning.

All the concrete barriers around town are expected to come down in the next two weeks.

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