Reporting Rochelle Ritchie
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The grand finale of the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Sunday wrapped up a weekend of thrilling twists and turns.
It was a race that brought people from across the country to Charm City.
Rochelle Ritchie has a recap of the events.
It was a hot and exciting race Sunday on the streets of Baltimore. There were also a number of accidents. But none of that could stop a man all the way from France from taking home the win.
It’s an exciting win for Frenchman Simon Pagenaud, as he speeds his way to a win at the Grand Prix of Baltimore.
“I honestly went for the win or nothing and it paid out. It was pretty aggressive. But it worked out really well,” said Pagenaud.
Some of the best race car drivers in the world took their chance on one of the most challenging courses in the country–the streets of Baltimore City.
“The way that they’re taking the turns that they are, it’s just ridiculous. The fact that the engineering is at that level that they can turn so quickly at 150 miles an hour, it’s incredible,” one spectator said.
The cars raced on the narrow, winding streets of the city at more than 150 miles per hour–an exhilarating feeling for many.
“It’s been awesome. Every year, it’s getting better and better,” one man said.
“It’s cool. Makes me want to be in that seat,” said another spectator.
This is the third year the Grand Prix has been held in Charm City, and every year, it brings more visitors with it, making for an easy business boom.
“We love Baltimore. The city has just been so friendly and accommodating to the fans,” a woman said.
“It brings attention to Baltimore, brings some people in. We’re from down in Bethesda, so we came up for it,” one man said.
The tread of the tires was certainly heating up the streets, while many fans were burning up in the stands.
“I just go inside at the Convention Center,” a girl said.
The rev of the engines brings a new kind of energy into Baltimore. Many hope the Grand Prix speeds its way right into 2014.
“I’ll be back next year,” a spectator said.
Downtown streets should be open again by Tuesday morning. It will take about 10 days for crews to completely tear everything down.
In its three-year history, three different drivers have won the Grand Prix of Baltimore.