IndyCar Won’t Return To Baltimore Next Year

The IZOD IndyCar Series won't return to Baltimore in 2014. (IndyCar Photo)
The IZOD IndyCar Series won't return to Baltimore in 2014. (IndyCar Photo)
The IZOD IndyCar Series won’t return to Baltimore in 2014. (IndyCar Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – IZOD IndyCar Series officials announced Friday that the series will not return to Baltimore in 2014.

“After a successful visit to Baltimore, which included record attendance, we are disappointed that our schedules will not align to host an event in 2014,” said Mark Miles, chief executive officer, Hulman & Co., the parent company of IndyCar. “This was simply a matter of trying to find the best date that worked for all parties, since Labor Day weekend was not an option in 2014. We are thankful to the city of Baltimore, Race On and Andretti Sports Marketing for their support and enthusiasm for the event over the years.

“We continue to finalize our 2014 schedule and anticipate announcing it prior to the end of our 2013 season,” Miles added.

The series made its debut on the streets of Baltimore in 2012, with Ryan Hunter-Reay scoring an important victory that put him back in contention to eventually claim the IZOD IndyCar Series championship. Simon Pagenaud picked up the victory this season in Baltimore in a wild race that was filled with controversy after a crash involving title contender Scott Dixon and Will Power.

“On behalf of all of us at Andretti Sports Marketing, we want to thank the many sponsors of our racing companies who rallied behind the Grand Prix of Baltimore,”┬ásaid Michael Andretti, CEO of Andretti Sports Marketing. “It has been our pleasure to work with Race On, the City of Baltimore, the IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series. We thank all of our friends at SRT and Chrysler Group for their support of the Baltimore event as its presenting sponsor. It was a great experience working with the fans in Baltimore and the community and hopefully one day we will be back.”