- Associated Press - Sunday, September 2, 2012

BALTIMORE (AP) - What a weekend it was for Michael Andretti.

Not only did Andretti successfully pull together the promotion of the Grand Prix of Baltimore, but race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay is a member of Andretti’s team.

“It’s been a crazy weekend,” Andretti said, and it was not an overstatement.

Andretti pulled the whole race together in just over three months after replacing a promoter that backed out.

“You can’t even do a wedding in 100 days,” he joked.

But Andretti’s team did just that, and although attendance appeared to dwindle a bit compared to the inaugural year, part of that dropoff could be attributed to the fact it rained on Saturday and Sunday.

“It could have been better, but I think Mother Nature didn’t help this weekend. I think that might have kept some people back,” Andretti said. “But I think overall it was still a successful event.”

Especially for Andretti, who took great delight in seeing Hunter-Reay grab the checkered flag and move within 17 points of leader Will Power heading into the final race of the year.

“It’s nice when a plan comes together,” Andretti said.


ALL WET: Driving on the streets in wet weather and without much gas is a problem for the common man, and one fourth-place Scott Dixon experienced Sunday.

Dixon lamented the rain that wasn’t necessarily hard enough to warrant an unquestioned change from slicks, and he second-guessed himself about an untimely pit stop.

“It was a tough day,” Dixon said. “We missed a little bit on picking the wets and the slicks and that kind of crossover,” he said. “I guess it’s luck, really, whether it’s going to rain or not.”

Later in the race, Dixon had bigger problems.

“We went off strategy big-time at the end there,” he said. “We pitted really early and had to save a lot of fuel on black tires. It’s probably one of the hardest stints all year, to try and get speed and try to save fuel. It was a crazy finished there.”

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