Racing to Return to Milwaukee Mile in 2019

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2019 returnAfter a five year hiatus, Super Late Model racing will return to ‘America’s Legendary Oval’, marking the first major event at The Milwaukee Mile since a 2015 IndyCar Series event. The ARCA Midwest Tour Super Late Models will be joined by other regional touring groups for a June 16, 2019 Father’s Day afternoon special event on the famed Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway.

“It is our continued initiative to bring racing back to the historic Milwaukee Mile,” stated Kathleen O’Leary, CEO at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. “We are excited to host this race on Father’s Day in 2019.”

The headlining event will be a 75-mile race for the ‘Stars and Cars’ of the ARCA Midwest Tour, a series which draws some of the best short track Late Model racers in the country.

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Racing To Return To Milwaukee Mile For Father’s Day Special Event

State Fair Park Response to Legislative Audit

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responseOn June 1st, Wisconsin State Fair Park released their response to last year's legislative audit of the park.

There's no mention of the Racing Committee that was reportedly going to be formed to explore ways to bring racing back to the Milwaukee. However, there is a new Land/Property Committee that has been formed. The newly formed committee will focus on the future vision of the Milwaukee Mile, as well as other areas of the park. The new committee is also condering a potential multi-phased study in 2019 to assess the Milwaukee Mile acreage, site analysis, perimeter space and programming considerations, development assessment, architectural designs and implementation recommendations. This study is expected to cost between $150,000-$300,000.

The response also includes the following:

"When future prospects or endeavors emerge in the racing industry, we will certainly consider whether they make financial sense and if capital investments in the racetrack are warranted."

Read the full response here:

Wisconsin State Fair Park Audit Response

State Audit: Long-term Plan Needed for Milwaukee Mile

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wall 2 smOn Friday, January 5th, the Wisconsin Joint Legislative Audit Committee released a long awaited report detailing the operations State Fair Park from mid-2013 through mid-2017.

The report called out the State Fair Park agency for poor record keeping and inconsistent procurement procedures. In addition, the report found that State Fair Park does not have a comprehensive, long-term plan for assessing the condition of its primary grounds and facilities or a formal plan for the future use of the Milwaukee Mile racetrack.

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Track Revenue Down

The Milwaukee Mile, which hasn't hosted a major league race since 2015, continues to generate revenue for State Fair Park through a variety of uses including racing clubs, driving schools, charitable events and other private events. The track generated $286,400 in revenue during the 2016-17 fiscal year. That's down from $487,100 generated during the 2012-13 fiscal year.  The decrease is largely due to the lack of major racing events, which generated an average of $102,000 per event in previous years.

In addition to revenue generated exclusively by on track activities, the Milwaukee Mile is heavily used during Wisconsin State Fair. The grandstand is used for the main stage headliner acts during the fair, and the track itself is used for parking 3,000 cars per day. However, for a variety of reasons, State Fair Park was unable to determine the amount of revenue specifically generated by the track during the fair.

State Audit Possible in Near Future

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The Wisconsin Joint Legislative Audit Committee held a public hearing and executive session on Thursday, March 30th to discuss a possible audit of Wisconsin State Fair Park. Following the hearing and executive session, the proposed audit was recommended for passage. Based on the passage, it's likely that the Legislative Audit Bureau will conduct an audit of WSFP in the coming months.

While the exact scope of the proposed audit has yet to be determined, it will likely examine all aspects of the management of State Fair Park. This includes the performance/operation of the Milwaukee Mile.