Race weekend event tickets, information
Verizon IndyCar Series drivers will practice, qualify and race all on the same day in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers.
“It means you have to get it right quickly,” said defending race winner and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power of the non-stop action July 11-12 at The Milwaukee Mile.
Activity kicks off July 11 with a 75-minute Verizon IndyCar Series practice session at 5 p.m. (CT) along with Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires practice and qualifications. On July 12, a 45-minute morning Verizon IndyCar Series practice at 9:15 a.m. will be followed 2½ hours later by single-car qualifications to set the starting lineup for the 250-lap race that will take the green flag at 4:35 p.m. The Indy Lights race precedes the feature.
The 21st Millers at Milwaukee Vintage Indy car event July 10-11 complements the race weekend. Two-day admission tickets are available on site that include general admission and paddock access.
Team owner A.J. Foyt, who made 45 starts at The Milwaukee Mile, prefers the compact schedule. The ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 will mark the 113th Indy car race at The Milwaukee Mile.
“I’m glad to see it that way because it’s cheaper on the car owners and makes things easier in some ways,” said Foyt, who two entries carry ABC Supply primary sponsorship. “You save a lot of money, and the wear and tear on the car and on the crew. Also, you save on your tire bill because you don’t use as many tires.
“I’d like to see them get back to that way. It separates the men from the boys. Instead of just sitting there for two days looking at the computer and the mistakes you’re making, and the engineers trying to figure out what they can do to make you run faster. You’ve got to have a lot more talent to run it all in one day. That’s the way it was in the old days and I’d like to see it go back to that.”
Packers legend Green is honorary race chairman
Ahman Green, the Green Bay Packers' career rushing leader, is the honorary race chairman.
“As a race fan and proud Wisconsin resident, it’s an honor to be a part of Milwaukee IndyFest this summer at The Milwaukee Mile,” Green said. “Wisconsinites’ passion and enthusiasm for sports is unmatched, so I’m excited to see everyone at the track supporting this great annual tradition.”
Green will be on stage for a Q&A session at 3:20 p.m. July 12 in the Coors Light Music & Beer Garden and participate in pre-race festivities.
Infield activities for all ages are available both days, with live entertainment in the Coors Light Music & Beer Garden, Freestyle Motor cross exhibition and a driver autograph session from 3-4 p.m. July 11 in the INDYCAR Fan Village. The Family Fun Zone incorporates activities designed to provide fun for all ages, including children’s games, vendors, concessions and raised viewing platforms to watch all of the race activities.
Streaks of note heading to Milwaukee: Tony Kanaan has made 244 consecutive starts. Scott Dixon, who will mark 250 Indy car starts this weekend, has started 186 consecutive races and Marco Andretti has a 162-race streak. ... Verizon IndyCar Series championship points leader Juan Pablo Montoya has been running at the finish in the past 17 races and has seven consecutive top-10 finishes. ... Helio Castroneves has qualified in the top 10 the past 14 races.
One more stat on MAVTV 500
There were an Indy car-record 80 lead changes in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway, and Graham Rahal became the eighth different winner in the 11 races this season. Overall, there were 3,173 on-track passes for position in the 250-lap race. There were 41 passes both on Laps 6 and 155 and 39 on Laps 5 and 154.