Indy Racing League Set To Return In 2005 To The Milwaukee Mile (West Allis, WI) August 3, 2004 -- IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti crossed the finish line first just nine days ago in the inaugural Indy Racing League IndyCar Series...
Indy Racing League Set To Return In 2005 To The Milwaukee Mile
(West Allis, WI) August 3, 2004 -- IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti crossed the finish line first just nine days ago in the inaugural Indy Racing League IndyCar Series event held at The Milwaukee Mile. Today, the return date to America's Legendary Oval was revealed with the release of the 2005 IRL schedule. The stars of the Indianapolis 500 return to race on The 'Mile on Sunday, July 24, 2005.
Nearly 38,000 race fans watched Franchitti out-duel Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice and two-time series champion Sam Hornish Jr. in winning the "Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225" on Sunday, July 25, 2004 at the 101-year young facility.
"We promised our dedicated fans they would get to see all of the best open wheel drivers in 2004, as we welcomed the Indy Racing League to The 'Mile for the first time. We are very pleased the IRL IndyCar Series will return to The Milwaukee Mile on the same weekend next season," commented Mark Perrone, Vice President & General Manager of the historic speedway. "A week and a half ago, IRL teams were warmly received by our loyal fans, and they responded by putting on a great IndyCar race. The tradition of IndyCar racing is intact for the foreseeable future here at The 'Mile."
The successful debut of SPEEDFEST, the speedway's race-week activities involving IndyCar drivers at fan interactive festivals and charitable events are expected to return, including the Friday night "Cruisin' With The Legends" parade, which featured nine Indy 500 winners in a car club parade down Greenfield Avenue, and the sold-out "Rhythm & Zoom" dinner dance.
The 2005 season marks the 10th year of competition for the IRL IndyCar Series. The 16-race schedule features 14 ovals and, for the first time, two road courses. This equals the 2003 and 2004 season for the largest number of events on an IndyCar Series season schedule.
The Indy Racing League, which in May announced a contract extension through the 2009 season with ABC Sports and ESPN, will announce its complete 2005 television schedule in the immediate future.