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Baltimore Grand Prix CEO: 'We're going to tweak lots of things'  Baltimore Grand Prix CEO Jay Davidson said Friday organizers have started thinking about what to change with the racing event moving forward.

When it comes to the event itself, Davidson said many things will be different next year. The inaugural “Festival of Speed” kicked off Friday and will last through the weekend.

“We’re going to tweak lots of things,” Davidson said in an interview. “Obviously we’ve had some bumps.”

But he said some issues can be corrected as soon as this weekend — like traffic. Davidson said he believes as people become more aware of changed traffic patterns, they’ll begin “self-correcting” in terms of how they get around. As this weekend goes on, he hopes traffic problems are alleviated a bit as people figure out where they can, and can’t go.

“I feel a little bit validated, but we still have a lot of work to do,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also said the city will evaluate what worked and what didn’t once race weekend comes to a close.

“Anytime you do any big event, you figure out how to improve efficiency,” she said on Friday. “And that’s what we’re going to do.”

Among the top issues the city will likely weigh is traffic. Many of downtown’s main arteries began to shut down leading up to the race, leaving commuters to deal with massive traffic jams. Baltimore Sun

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