Baltimore mayor, race organizers differ on prospects of GPoB return (VIDEO)

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake – perhaps the greatest supporter of the Grand Prix of Baltimore – told reporters last night that she was “cautiously optimistic” about the street race’s return to the Inner Harbor in 2016.

Yesterday, INDYCAR announced that the event would be off the schedule for at least the next two years due to an inability to find a new date for it.

Downtown Baltimore is playing host to a major college football game next Labor Day weekend, and at the same time in 2015, the American Legion will stage a major convention in the area.

But while Blake seemed to think that the Grand Prix could be revived in the future, J.P. Grant of Race On Baltimore (which co-promoted the race alongside Andretti Sports Marketing) was more subdued about his prediction of the event’s future.

“It took us two years to get to this point, and if you take two years off, our sponsors are going to wonder whether we can actually put on an event,” Grant said according to Baltimore news radio station WBAL-AM.

“We had potential title sponsors lined up for next year, and they want three-year commitments, and so if we can’t commit to that, it makes it difficult to put on a race.”

A report from David Collins of Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL-TV has more reaction from Blake, Grant and city business owners on the cancellation of the event. You can watch it at the top of the post.