The 2013 edition of the Baltimore Grand Prix will look a little different.
In order to accommodate the new GT3 class, the USF2000 and Star Mazda races from previous years won’t be run.
The change was made due to the fact that the event’s versions of open-wheel-type cars led to very similar races, said Tim Mayer, GM of Grand Prix of Baltimore.
“We wanted to diversify what we had on the racetrack and add value,” Mayer said.
“You would look at them and say that was a slightly smaller version of that, which is a slightly smaller version of that, which is a slightly smaller version of that,” he said.
In 2013, we’ll get to see two classes of GT3s, Platinum and Gold, running at the same time on Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, September 1.
Organizers are hoping to draw more attention to the race, and it doesn’t hurt that the Porsche Club of America Museum is located in Columbia, MD.
The race has been plagued with problems in the past, and has even led to a few lawsuits.
Andretti Sports Marketing, led by legendary racer Michael Andretti, swooped in in 2012 to save the event about 100 days before it was to run. The firm will act as promoter again this year.