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               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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