If you think that summer has been speeding by, then you ought to consider spending Labor Day in Baltimore. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
The traffic flow along Baltimore’s Pratt Street normally looks like any other city street, but come Labor Day weekend, the speed limit of this main thoroughfare will accelerate, to say the least.
"Cars will be getting up to 180 miles an hour down that stretch and then hitting 12 turns, some of which are hairpins. So you will be going from extremely fast to extremely slow in a very short period of time," says Dave Curley of Grand Prix of Baltimore. "We're going to convert the streets of charm city into a two mile race course. You'll be able to see world class racing with the American Le Mans series and the Indy car series, so the top drivers from around the world."
The three-day event will be the third time Baltimore is turning its streets into a race track. And this year, it's become more family friendly.
"We're going to have a family fun zone where kids of all ages can do anything from high performance electric go carts, to rock climbing walls to Radio Disney performances. We'll have a party zone, we'll have musical entertainment throughout the weekend, our headlining act Saturday night is the multi-platinum selling band Live," says Curley.
Several tiers of pricing rev up with general admission for adults at $15 a day. Accompanying children 12 or younger is free of charge.
On opening day, Friday, August 30, students with a valid ID get in for $5. Retired and active military are 10 percent off.
Special deals and discounts will be offered at many of Baltimore’s hotels, bars, restaurant and attractions from August 26 through Labor Day.
For more information, visit www.grandprixofbaltimore.com.