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If the IndyCar Series could have another spiritual home aside from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it would be the Milwaukee Mile, the scene of this weekend’s Milwaukee IndyFest.

The Circuit

Milwaukee Mile

Date: 15-16 June 2012
Venue: Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin
Lap Length: 1.0 mile / 1.6km
Event Schedule: Free Practice Session 1 Fri 10:00-11:00
Free Practice Session 2 Fri 13:15-14:15
Qualifying Fri 16:00-17:15
Race (225 laps, 225 miles) Sat 12:30-15:00
Past IndyCar Winners: Dario Franchitti (Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda) 2011
  Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda) 2009
  Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske Dallara Honda) 2008
  Tony Kanaan (Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda) 2007
  Tony Kanaan (Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda) 2006
  Sam Hornish Jr (Team Penske Dallara Toyota) 2005
  Dario Franchitti (Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda) 2004

Despite being largely flat, the ‘Mile’ has provided no lack of quality racing action on its wide asphalt surface, with overtaking opportunities available at both Turns 1 & 3 widely utilised.

Dario Franchitti is the defending race winner and will be out to put in another good performance to continue to build his championship defence.

The former showground has been hosting racing events since even before Indianapolis, however has fallen on hard times lately with poor scheduling and a lack of credible promoters leading to poor attendance figures. As a result, the 2010 race did not happen, ending a run of non-wartime consecutive open-wheel events at the circuit dating back to 1937.

Cue Michael Andretti, who recognises the heritage held at the Milwaukee Mile and has stepped in to promote this year’s event in conjunction with business partner Barry Green, who promotes the annual Toronto Indy event.

A date change from Sunday to Saturday to avoid a clash with the American Fathers Day along with greatly reduced ticket prices should hopefully encourage big crowds. The effort put in deserves to yield results and we will see this weekend whether the promotional step has worked.

Matthew Lennon
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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.