It’s not a bad circuit overall, except for that horrible chicane. I understand the reason for it – there are railroad tracks crossing the road, and they want to slow the cars down for it. But surely they could work out something better.
I appreciate that the chicane needs to be there because of the tracks, but my feeling is this: why did anyone think it would be a good idea to have a race circuit built on a road with a railroad crossing?
On the positive side though, tomorrow’s race will be anything but predictable.
Baltimore’s light rail/trolley system basically goes right through all of downtown where all the landmarks are – both sports stadiums, the convention center, the harbor, and most importantly, the major roads that can support a street race for Indycars and sports cars…it’d be impossible to host a race in downtown Baltimore without encountering the railroad tracks. Kind of a pain really. San Jose’s Champ Car race endured the same problems, most infamously in 2006.
As usual, Mr Buxton has the right idea. But there are any number of alternative solutions to that dreadful chicane. They could employ Will’s idea immediately before the tracks, where the current chicane is, for example. Alternatively, they could hold the race at another circuit. Never understood why IndyCar is so heavy on the bland street circuits when there are countless great circuits across North America. I’d love to see IndyCars at Road America, Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta, Mosport, etc… I guess money talks, though.
+1 at Buxton and @jackysteeg. Let’s just count the better-than-Baltimore circuits in North America:
Austin (National Circuit if GP is not allowed),
Indianapolis GP Circuit,
and lots of decent street circuits that can be built.