INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time since 2010, the Verizon IndyCar Series will not be traveling to Milwaukee to take on the one-mile Milwaukee Mile. The track has officially been left off the IndyCar schedule for just the second time since World War II.
Unfortunately, I don’t think the series will be returning to the track anytime soon – if ever at all though.
“I don’t feel terribly optimistic about it,” IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said today via his teleconference. That statement doesn’t bode well for the future of not only the event but the track itself. “We couldn’t find a Wisconsin promoter to make the pieces fit,” Miles continued.
Instead, the series will travel just north of Milwaukee as they will return to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for the first time in nearly a decade in June of 2016. But, by heading back to a former historic track and leaving one off, I don’t think IndyCar has much of a future left in Milwaukee and that’s a shame.
IndyCar has been racing at Milwaukee nearly every season since 1937. Furthermore, Milwaukee was the oldest operating speedway in the world as they’ve held a race almost every year since 1903.
But, when the former promoter ran into financial problems, NASCAR and ARCA both bolted leaving IndyCar as the only series left to race there. Unfortunately, the money dried up on their end too leaving IndyCar having no other choice but to leave.
Michael Andretti saved the day in 2012 by promoting the race, but, the fans still weren’t showing up which baffled many. He announced prior to this past year’s race that it would be the last he’d promote unless fans finally show up in drove.
Unfortunately, they didn’t come.
So, Andretti had no other choice but to walk away which led us to the situation we’re in.
Miles, words today say this event may not come back – ever. Without IndyCar, Milwaukee may not have a track for them to come back to in the future.
That’s a shame.
Eric Smith is a Senior Writer for the Indy Sports Report. Follow @Ericsportsguru and @IndySportsRep on Twitter
Eric Smith is a Senior Writer for the Indiana Sports Report covering Racing. He’s covered both IndyCar and NASCAR action since 2009 and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by both the IndyCar Series and all three divisions of NASCAR racing.
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