Photos: Racing The Streets of Baltimore From The Mechanic’s View
This past weekend, the city of Baltimore was treated to two great days of racing. While the IndyCar race on Sunday may have snagged more of the attention, it was the Saturday competition of the American Le Mans Series, the Grand Prix of Baltimore, that had our attention.
With cars ranging from Le Mans prototypes, to heavily modified versions of road cars such as the SRT Viper and BMW Z4, there are some very interesting match-ups. Throw in the fact that you are racing in the streets of Baltimore– basically around Camden Yards– and you have one of the most intriguing spectacles in motorsport.
Michelin, tire partner for BMW, SRT, Corvette and several other teams invited BoldRide down to the pits to get an up-close-and-personal look at these high-powered racing machines.
Camden Yards is the home to the Baltimore Oriels. That massive brick building in right field that you see in game highlights? The entire pit lane (left side of photo) fits along side the opposite side (right side of photo). Drivers typically use bicycles and scooters to get around the massive paddock and pit area.
One Corvette Racing Team one of two C6.R racecars being prepped prior to the race.
That’s a complicated steering wheel. The team developed a radar based sensor system, which can tell if the car is being passed, and on which side. It works like the blind-spot monitor in a new car.