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Milwaukee Confirmed for 2012

IndyCars will indeed return to the Milwaukee Mile in 2012. (Photo: Zach Wenzel)

As reported by Brake Glow on February 4th, the IZOD IndyCar Series announced a deal has been agreed upon to bring the series back to the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin.

Few formal details were released with the announcement but the race is scheduled for Father’s Day weekend, June 15th & 16th.

Talks were ongoing between the Mile and IndyCar as late as last week when concerns were raised regarding a suitable promoter for the event. Michael Andretti’s Andretti Sports Marketing answered the call and was announced as the promoter of  “Milwaukee IndyFest.”

The series is trying a different approach from years past with the race taking place on a Saturday. The motive behind the Saturday race is the hope it might draw more fans from the Chicago area. Typically, the race has been held late Sunday afternoon. The late starting time made the race somewhat undesirable for Chicago IndyCar fans trying to return home at a decent time. The hope is the change will entice Chicago fans out of the woodwork and out to the racetrack.

The Firestone Indy Lights will also race the same weekend with other series possibly being added to the weekend ticket.

Tickets for Milwaukee IndyFest go on sale March 1st.