While the basic layout of the two-mile Grand Prix of Baltimore street circuit will remain the same, there will be some changes to greet the IZOD IndyCar Series when it returns to the Inner Harbor from Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
In an effort to improve racing action along the 12-turn course, track designer Tony Cotman announced the removal of the chicane on the main straightaway, a widened Turn 1, and a re-profiled Turn 5-6 complex.
The chicane, situated before the start/finish line on Pratt Street, was created for last year's race in order to slow down drivers as they raced over a paved set of light rail tracks.
As for the Turn 5-6 complex, that corner will be re-shaped in an attempt to improve passing there. The left-right combo comes just before the entrance to pit road and the left-hand Turn 7.
Construction on the course is slated to begin tonight in Baltimore.