From the rolling hills of Sonoma, Calif., to the streets of Baltimore, Md., the world's best IndyCar racers have convened for the 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore.
Australian Will Power finally won his first tournament last weekend, outlasting Justin Wilson, Dario Franchitti, Marco Andretti and the rest of the field. It was an ugly race that featured a seemingly countless number of yellow flags and drive-through penalties.
Among the incidents was one that has changed the IndyCar Series for good. After Scott Dixon accidentally ran into one of Will Power's crew members on pit road, IndyCar installed a few new rules, as noted by Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press:
Assuming there are no more unfortunate incidents in the pits, this week's race will make for some compelling motorsports. High-performance machines racing through the urban playground that is the streets of Baltimore is must-see TV.
Here's what you need to know about Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore.
When: Sunday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. ET
Where: Streets of Baltimore, Md.
This will be the third edition of this race, which began in 2011.
Will Power was the winner of the inaugural race, while Ryan Hunter-Reay won it last year.
Helio Castroneves leads the IZOD IndyCar Series standings, but with Scott Dixon just 39 points behind him, his lead is far from comfortable. Furthermore, five drivers are within 100 points of Castroneves, which means the second half of this season will produce some incredible drama.
Dixon won three races in a row before cooling off a bit with a seventh-place finish in Ohio. He was in terrific position to win again in Sonoma before being assessed a drive-through penalty after hitting Power's crew member.
Many people felt that Dixon's penalty was unfair—especially upon a second look at the incident. The crew member he hit appeared to step out in front of Dixon's No. 9 car. Needless to say, he wasn't happy about losing the lead with 15 laps to go, as noted by USA Today Sports:
Nobody should be surprised if Dixon comes back with a vengeance to win this race in Baltimore.
That said, the IZOD IndyCar Series is loaded with talented drivers. Any driver is capable of wining on any given week, which is why so many tune in to watch these exciting races every weekend.
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