If you’re a fan of IndyCar, you know that this year’s Grand Prix of Baltimore wasn’t exactly a seamless event. In fact, it almost wasn’t an event at all until Michael Andretti’s Andretti Sports Marketing agreed to take over the organization and promotion of the event, just 112 days before its running.
Even then, there were issues with the course. In an effort to increase the speed down the front straight, a chicane used for the 2011 running was removed; while this allowed more speed into turn one, it also created a problem with IndyCar drivers getting airborne as they crossed railroad tracks bisecting the front straight.
The problem wasn’t limited to the open wheel field, either. In support of Sunday’s IndyCar event, the American Le Mans series was scheduled to run on Saturday. As this in-car footage from Corvette C6.R driver Tommy Milner shows, even production-based cars were catching air down the main straight.
Sanity prevailed, and the chicane was reinstalled in time for race qualifying. Milner went on to finish fifth in the event (second in the GT Class) with co-driver Oliver Gavin. While the video is a bit washed out, it does give you a driver’s eye perspective of the course and it effectively demonstrates how hard Baltimore is on both driver and race car.