The United States Auto Club, sanctioning body for 171 racing events at the Milwaukee Mile between 1956 and 1993, will return in 2004 as part of the July 23-25 Indy Racing League weekend at the storied oval. The USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown...
The United States Auto Club, sanctioning body for 171 racing events at the Milwaukee Mile between 1956 and 1993, will return in 2004 as part of the July 23-25 Indy Racing League weekend at the storied oval.
The USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series and the USAC National Midget Car Series are slated for competition on the 1-mile paved oval, with a 25-mile Midget Car feature and a 100-mile Silver Crown main event.
"It is indeed a pleasure for USAC to return to the Milwaukee Mile," voiced USAC President/CEO Rollie Helmling, who fielded USAC Midgets at the track during his tenure as a USAC car entrant. "To be coupled with the Indy Racing League as part of this exciting weekend gives our participants increased National exposure and we look forward to an attractive package for Wisconsin and Midwest racing fans. The track offers a distinct challenge for our teams and the USAC racing at Milwaukee has always proven to be very competitive." Helmling's Midget finished third in the 1988 race, driven by Stan Fox. In 1993 Tony Stewart wheeled a Helmling Midget to third place before retiring with engine woes.
The Milwaukee Mile Vice President and General Manager Mark Perrone said of the return of USAC, "This is truly an ideal way for us to demonstrate to our fans and the entire motorsports community that we're committed to building on The Milwaukee Mile's heritage as we begin a new century of racing action."
Pat Flaherty, shortly after his 1956 Indianapolis 500 victory, captured USAC's inaugural Milwaukee race, a 100-mile Championship-Car event, while Stan Fox and Mike Bliss shared the victory podium in a 1993 USAC "doubleheader." Fox won the 25-mile Midget contest and Bliss took the Silver Crown 100-miler. A similar Midget/Silver Crown "doubleheader" was held in 1988, with Jim Keeker and George Snider the victors.
The USAC Midgets have competed at Milwaukee nine times, while the Silver Crown cars have attacked the 1-mile oval just twice.
Track records are expected to fall in the 2004 program as drivers aim at Eric Gordon's Silver Crown mark of 122.541 mph and Fox' Midget mark of 117.386.
USAC has a rich tradition of racing at the Milwaukee Mile, with past race winners including no less than 16 Indianapolis 500 champions, plus NASCAR Champions Rusty Wallace and Bobby Allison, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Champion Bliss and Mel Kenyon, the winningest National Midget Car driver of all time.
Tickets for the IRL and USAC weekend events can be purchased individually, as part of the new Open-Wheel Ticket Package or as part of the new Full Season Ticket Package. The Milwaukee Mile features an unmatched combination of state-of-the-art facilities, urban proximity and 100 years of history and tradition. For more information about The Milwaukee Mile or to purchase tickets, call 414/453-5761 or visit milwaukeemile.com.