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IRL Race To Be Held In Baltimore

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By Matt Bush

The governor of Maryland and the mayor of Baltimore will announce later this morning that an Indy Racing League competition will be run next year in the Charm City.

The Baltimore Grand Prix will be run in August of next year. The IndyCars will race around a 2.4 mile loop on streets around the city's Inner Harbor and Camden Yards at speeds up to 185 miles per hour.

Supporters of the race say it could bring more than 100,000 visitors to the city. Similar street races are run in St. Petersburg, Florida and Toronto.

The District hosted one in 2002, but it was canceled after just one year because of noise complaints. IRL drivers Al Unser Jr. and Graham Rahal will join Governor Martin O'Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at this morning's announcement.

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