The Milwaukee Mile Plays Host to All Star Drivers in '04
(West Allis, WI) December 18, 2003 - Building on an unmatched 100 years of racing, the 2004 racing season at The Milwaukee Mile will showcase nearly half of the drivers named recently by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association to their 2003 Auto Racing All-America Team.
During the four race weekends on the impressive 2004 Milwaukee Mile schedule, seven of the 15 drivers recognized by the AARWB for their outstanding accomplishments will race on the renovated one-mile oval.
Two of the three First Team Open Wheel Driver honors will see action at the 'Mile. Reigning Indy Racing League IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, 2003 CART Champ Car titlist Paul Tracy and defending Indianapolis 500 race winner Gil de Ferran tied for the honor. Dixon leads the list of Indy 500 drivers competing at the 'Mile in the inaugural IRL race weekend July 23, 24 and 25. Tracy leads all active Champ Car drivers with three victories at the legendary one-mile oval, coming in 1995, 1999 and 2002. Tracy and company will return to race under temporary MUSCO lighting on Saturday night, June 5. De Ferran completed 1129 miles of racing in six CART champ car events at the 'Mile. At season's end, the Brazilian announced his retirement from driving.
Two First Team At Large honorees are expected to tackle America's Legendary Oval. A.J. Allmendinger, the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic champion is anticipating a move to either the CART Champ Car or IRL IndyCar Series with his Carl Russo-owned RUSPORT team in 2004. Also nominated in this category was the newly-crowned IRL Menard's Infiniti Pro Series champion Mark Taylor, who has climbed the ladder within his Panther Racing Team and will compete as a rookie full-time in the IRL IndyCar Series, which again sees action at the 'Mile July 25.
Second team honorees included new Team Penske Racing driver Sam Hornish of Defiance, OH, a two-time IRL IndyCar Series champion and open wheel standout Tracy Hines, who will consider multiple opportunities to race at The Milwaukee Mile.
Hines has commitments to race in both the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the NASCAR Busch Series on a select basis this coming season. The NASCAR doubleheader race weekend will feature back-to-back night races on the evenings of Friday June 25 and Saturday June 26. Hines finished second in the USAC National Midget Series standings in '03, and is expected to compete in both the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown and USAC National Midget Car Series events at the track Saturday afternoon July 24. Hines competes in Midget Cars fielded by the potent Milwaukee-based Wilke-PAK Racing Team.
Completing the list of All-Star drivers to see action at Milwaukee is Mosinee, WI native and 2003 ASA Racing Series Champion Kevin Cywinski, who received Honorable Mention in the newly-created category for Touring Series drivers. Cywinski will try to add to his 1996 Milwaukee Mile ASA race win on Sunday, August 29 in front of his home state fans.
For the first time, The Milwaukee Mile is offering season tickets for 12 days of racing starting at $99. To access ticket and hospitality packages available, call (414) 453-8277, or visit the track's web site at www.milwaukeemile.com.