Milwaukee IndyFest

The Rock The Block IndyFest Street Party at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center (Wisconsin Avenue and 5th Street) from 5-10 p.m. Aug. 15 kicks off the Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend.

Twenty-two drivers are entered in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers on Aug. 17 at the Milwaukee Mile at State Fair Park.

Meet the drivers, test your skills at the pit stop challenge, cruise the car show, enjoy live music by Uprising and more at the street party. A beer garden will offer guests tastings of locally-distributed cheese and beer. Proceeds from the event and a silent auction will benefit Racing For Kids and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

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Earlier in the day, grandstands of the racetrack in West Allis, Wis., will be open to spectators for free as drivers in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires Pro Mazda Championship test on the one-mile oval.

Fun for fans continues at the racetrack Aug. 16 with Verizon IndyCar Series practice and qualifications in addition to Indy Lights and Pro Mazda on-track activity. Following qualifications for the Verizon P1 Award, Verizon IndyCar Series crew members will compete in the second Pit stop Challenge at 7:30 p.m. in the infield.

A Q&A session with Indy car legends and a Verizon IndyCar Series driver autograph session Aug. 17 at the INDYCAR Fan Village in the infield is among the morning activities for ticket-holders to enjoy and observe.

Rickshaw races, an NVL Pro Beach Volleyball tournament, concerts and interactive games also are part of the festivities both days.