After much recent speculation suggesting that the Milwaukee Mile would be reinstated on the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series calendar, series officials have announced that a round will be scheduled for June 16 at the historic one-mile oval, after team owner Michael Andretti stepped in to act as the event’s promoter.
Andretti, who was himself a five-time winner at the circuit during his open-wheel career, has announced that he will serve as the event’s promoter to keep the tradition of the United States’ oldest racing circuit alive for another year.
After the event was dropped from the 2010 calendar, the IndyCar Series made its return to State Fair Park in 2011. But scheduling the race on Father’s Day turned out to be a poor judgement call; the event had a pathetic crowd turnout and the previous promoter was sent packing.
This year’s event will still occur on Father’s Day weekend, but the race will now take place the day before in the hopes of drawing a bigger crowd. Practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, with the race slated for an early afternoon timeslot on Saturday.
The announcement now means that the travelling circus will race for five consecutive weekends, beginning with the Indianapolis 500 on May 27, followed by Detroit’s Belle Isle race on June 3, Texas Speedway on June 9, Milwaukee and then Iowa on June 24.
Our IndyCars Correspondent Matt Lennon is currently on leave.