Race On, D’etre
So the Baltimore Grand Prix has its third corporate coordinator in less than a year, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced yesterday.
The Sun had it first, focusing on the marquee name of Michael Andretti. But the online Baltimore Brew has a bit more context about the real new leader, James P. Grant—noting that he’s given Rawlings-Blake (with some help from his family and company) more than $38,000 in campaign donations.
The Sun’s bit has what looks like the money graf though:
The new contract requires Race On to pay $50,000 to be shared by neighborhoods near the race course, and $300,000 to cover a portion of the city’s services for the race. City officials have estimated that staffing the race with police officers, firefighters, traffic directors and maintenance workers will cost about $800,000. Taxpayers cover the rest of the tab.
As for Andretti himself—here’s his twitter feed, with 58,000 followers. No word here about his role in the Baltimore endeavor. His daughter apparently made the dean’s list though, so congrats on that.
The actual contract between the city and Race On is supposed to be appended to the mayor’s announcement, but we don’t see it there. If you are able to extract it, please let us know or send a copy. The mayor is inviting feedback on the contract at her official email, firstname.lastname@example.org