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Baltimore joins 2011 IndyCar schedule

The IndyCar Series will race at Baltimore from next season on a temporary street circuit around the inner harbour of the Maryland city.

The race will be held on a 2.4-mile course in downtown Baltimore, with the first event of a five-year contract scheduled to take place on August 5-7 next year.

"This is an historic day for Baltimore and the State of Maryland, as well as the entire East Coast Region, as we have finalised plans for the IZOD IndyCar Series racing in Baltimore in 2011," said Jay Davidson, CEO of the Baltimore Grand Prix.

"When we began our pursuit of this race over two years ago, we had a number of major steps to accomplish and are so thankful to the state, city and the community for embracing our efforts. This three-day festival of speed will not just include car racing, but will feature family-friendly activities, offer great entertainment and much, much more."

Baltimore Grand Prix organisers expect to attract more than 100,000 people to the inaugural event and expect it to bring around $70 million to the region.

The circuit will be based in the city's downtown area, around Russell Street by Oriole Park at Camden Yards, West Pratt Street and along the Inner Harbor on Light Street.

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