Tag: race cars
One devoted reader emailed me over the weekend to tell me how much he and his family enjoyed the Grand Prix. I invited him to share his experience with you. His enthusiastic first-person account of a day at the races will have you marking your calendar for 2014!
It also gives me the opportunity to introduce a reader-driven column that I have wanted to publish on the Baltimore Fishbowl for some time. It is called “Rant or Rave” and it will give our readers the chance to let the Baltimore Fishbowl audience know about a local place or thing that is spectacularly wonderful or awful. Please don’t abuse the opportunity with shameless plugs or angry diatribes. (Not that anyone in the Baltimore Fishbowl would ever resort to such behavior!) If you have a rant or rave you care to share, email me at [email protected] -SD
On Saturday our little family (my wife, our two daughters, a friend and I) went downtown to check out the American LeMans Series portion of the Baltimore Grand Prix. Race organizers had been promising a lot: a full day of auto racing through the streets of downtown, a festival of entertainment in the race village, and a rock concert by the band “Live” to top it off at the end of the day. And they did not disappoint. (Full disclosure: fast cars and loud music are two of my great passions!) We all agreed the day’s events were extremely well-organized and well worth the nearly $90 price of admission.
The “ALMS” races, as they are called, promise to be among the most frenetic in all of automobile racing: three different classes of cars race each other on the same track at the same time. It is literally three races in one. The “slower” class of cars are stock BMW’s and Porsches, plenty loud and fast enough to stand alone as an enjoyable car race to see in person. But, then, pile on a second class of Ferraris and Saleen style cars, together with a third class of rocket-fast LeMans style cars, and you have a schmorgasbord of high octane racing to please even the most discerning of race fans. With so many different types of racers sharing the track, it was no surprise that a multi-car crash delayed the race for a half hour on the race’s very first lap!
Cocktails with Dario Franchitti, Radcliffe Jewelers, September 1
We weren’t very psyched about the Grand Prix, what with the cutting of the trees and the noise and the inconvenience. But we’ll concede that it seems like the weekend was a success: the bars and restaurants were packed, the hotels were sold out Friday and Saturday nights and the city got a public relations boost. If we have to have it (and with a five year contract, we do) better for it to succeed than fail.
One big success came Friday night. Racing’s striking star Dario Franchitti stepped out that night after practice to mix and mingle at Radcliffe Jewelers in Pikesville with jewelry lovers and race car driving fans to raise money for the The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai.
Five Minutes with Dario Franchitti
Have you ever had a speeding ticket?
I’v had a couple.
Would you mind telling me how fast you were going?
I’d rather not.
What do you find most annoying about regular drivers?
When drivers are not paying attention. It doesn’t matter if you are going 30 (mph) or 120, you need to focus and not talk on the phone.
What is your pre-race routine?
About an hour before the race, I try to clear my head. I do some stretching and spend time getting focused on the race.
Do you have a favorite movie of your wife Ashley Judd?
Well, I think they are all pretty good.
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