While it's a natural assumption that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the starting point for American oval-track racing, in fact, the Milwaukee Mile is the nation's oldest racing facility, having hosted its first auto race in 1903. Leaking metal pipes that divert a creek fl owing under the Milwaukee Mile threaten to generate sinkholes that could require a comprehensive reconstruction, making prospects for resumption of the track's racing schedule even more murky.
DNA A fter Indy, everyone goes to Milwaukee. At least, they used to, as Robert Wagner’s character related Words Andrew Crask Photo LAT As its evolution unfolds, IndyCar would do well to restore a big piece of tradition that was lost this year on its wide surface. With the requisite level of skill and bravery, it was possible for two cars to run side by side all the way around – and maybe even more than two. After originally scheduling its Milwaukee race in July, the Indy Racing League restored the track to its in the classic movie Winning. But that was “That’s what’s great about Milwaukee,” said Patrick traditional post-Indy place on the in 1969, and since then the Milwaukee Carpentier. “You can go two abreast – sometimes in schedule last year. An uptick in Mile has struggled to maintain its place [Turns] Three and Four, almost three abreast. My ﬁrst Indy attendance, which had been on a as the follow-on venue to American open- car race there, I had a great dice with Al Unser Jr., running downward spiral for years, oﬀered hope wheel racing’s signature event. With the two abreast for almost three complete laps. It was very that a new chapter in the track’s long venerable track now in ﬁnancial limbo, good for me – especially because I ended up completing the racing history was at hand. However, the no one is going there at all for 2010 and, pass! He stayed on the outside and did an amazing job.” Wisconsin State Fair Park Board, which for oval racing fans, that’s tragic. Rough, 1950s-vintage pavement also lent Milwaukee operates the track, was not able to secure While it’s a natural assumption that special character, until its ancient roadbed was ﬁnally a promoter for the 2010 season after an the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the removed in favor of all-new asphalt prior to the 1996 acrimonious split with previous starting point for American oval-track season. The repaving raised speeds signiﬁcantly, yet promoters the Giuﬀre brothers. As a racing, in fact, the Milwaukee Mile is the Milwaukee’s reputation for putting on some of the most result, the IZOD IndyCar Series event, as nation’s oldest racing facility, having entertaining racing around remained intact – as
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