78
      Friday
      92 / 72
      Saturday
      92 / 71
      Sunday
      91 / 71

      Baltimore signs 5-year deal for Grand Prix

      BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore has a new five-year agreement with a motorsports promoter for the Baltimore Grand Prix.

      Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday that the final contract with Downforce Racing will be presented to the Board of Estimates next week.

      Council President Bernard "Jack" Young's spokesman says Young, a board member, will vote no.

      A study found that the inaugural Grand Prix generated a $47 million economic impact, but the city terminated its contract with Baltimore Racing Development after the group failed to pay $1.5 million owed to the city.

      The new deal includes protections to ensure the city receives taxes and fees it is owed, including a 10 percent admission and amusement tax placed in an escrow account. The city can also audit Downforce's records at any time.