Growing up in Wauwatosa, my dad and I used to attend races all the time. I have seen state fair go through many transitions, physically and financially and in the end it has alway survived. This park and its track are at a vary critical stage of their existence. There are many that flat-out don't care what happens and would prefer the idea of redevelopement. We all have seen how well that goes....look a half mile east, that went well didn't it?!! The State of Wisconsin is truly blessed with a tremendous sense of racing heritage. At one time there were more drivers coming out of Wisconsin than any other state. This track needs to gather state wide and even national attention in support of its future. There needs to be a political agenda pushed through to Madison to secure funding from both the public and private sector. However, with that said, it can't go the same route taken by the last ownership that bled it dry. As a fan of the Milwaukee Mile what can we do? Write local and state represenatives and demand action to keep the "Mile" open.
December 25, 2012 | Oconomowoc Wisconsin
NASCAR is really shooting themselves in the foot here. Because I hear there were expansion planes for backstrech grandstands.. if it was true before NASCAR pulled out they could have carried out these plans and NASCAR could have doubbled maybe even trippled their revenue. I went to NASCAR races from '04 all the way through '09 NASCAR... Please come back!!! The mile needs you!
November 26, 2012 | Cocoa
We need NASCAR back here
October 31, 2012 | Waunakee, WI
“It’s time for their staff and their marketing people to get off their asses and sell more sponsorships and promote it better so they don’t lose money”
October 18, 2012 | Reidsville, NC
My Dad took to my first race back in the early 50's when the track was still dirt. Drivers then were the likes of Myron Fohr and Marshal Teague.When I heard that it was to be paved I cried because I loved the cars careening through the turns sideways, the dust that turned us black and the thrill of racing that I thought would be lost with pavement. Of course I was wrong. I lived for summers spent on the south turn (#1) bleachers, sneaking in the park via the railroad tracks during Fair Week, the smells, the sounds and the excitement of the Rex Mayes Classic 100, the Tony Bettenhausen Memorial 250...I even miss Wednesday night races cheering Miles Melius, Etchie Biertzer and Kenny Tlougan on the 1/4 dirt track that is now the pit lane. From the late 50's until I went into the USAF in 1966, I never missed a single race of any type on the mile track...Stock cars, Big Cars (Indy-type cars used to be called that) and even the midgets. Please preserve the greatest racetrack in North America.
October 17, 2012 | schaumburg il
Been fans of nascar since 1988 and our first race was at da mile in 2008 for trucks/nationwide. Perfect place to start our live watching and better believe it -we want to come back again as its a perfect get a way weekend. GET ER DUN!!!!AND BRING HER BACK.
October 13, 2012 | Marshfield WI
I love this place! please do Something to save it!
The greats that have raced here is amazing! I have seen sprints,midgets Nasacar,even the big Monster trucks! Loved it all. Stop playing "polyticos" help save a Badger state One of kind!!!!!!!!!!!
October 11, 2012 | Black River Falls, Wi
I don't want to see the mile gone we enjoy coming to the races and other events in West Allis, it's is well worth the drive down here .
October 11, 2012 | Sparta, Wisconsin
Save the Milwaukee Mile.
July 06, 2012 | Wauwatosa
Since moving out here to the midwest I have enjoyed many races at the Mile...made many friends from all over the region. Spending a full day infield, sharing stories, catching up on the happenings since we all last attended a race there. Really miss that we can't set up like we used to and being right in the thick of it once the races started. But am so happy to see them slowly return, just hope the organizers of the races allow those who want to set up for a long, fun day infield that we used to have.
June 29, 2012 | streamwood il
bring back nationwide and the trucks. its the closest i can get to sprint because it so affordable in milwaukee
June 25, 2012 | West Allis
Save the track, to much history!!!
June 25, 2012 | Fond du Lac, WI
Save the track...it has more tradition than any other track. Bring more events, ASA was a hit, modifieds, whatever it takes to utilize the track and save it. Hopefully we can band together and get NASCAR back with new leadership at the track.
June 19, 2012 | sturtevant, WI
Save this track and bring back the Nascar Truck series!
June 17, 2012 | Wauconda, IL
My dad used to take me to the mile as a kid to watch the races more than 50 years ago. I had season tickets for many years watching the ASA cars run with guys like Alan Kulwickie, Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, etc. all of which eventually made it big in NASCAR. It's a great place to watch a race at and is a shame that the economy hurt attendance so much that one could not profitably promote a successful racing program. Give the economy a little more time to recover and give it a go again. I miss the racing there. Keith Malek
June 17, 2012 | watertown wi.
save the mile
June 15, 2012 | pell lake, wi
SAVE THE MILE!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 15, 2012 | South Milwaukee
Thanks for taking up this valid cause. Michael Andretti seems to be making great improvements. However, I'm still concerned by the lack of billboards or ads that promoted the race in years past.
June 15, 2012 | Milwaukee, WI
I share memories of the Rex Mays 250 the weekend after the Indy 500. It was the place to be, and still should be. Made racing fans out of kids like me. Thanks to the Andretti family for bringing it back this year, just like Road America in 2007 when CART was broke. Wish I could have 2 minutes with Mario, I'd tell him this:
Just buy it. Get the Fair Board and the local govenment out of the way.
Needs local radio and TV promo. Has been almost extinct for years.
Big issue- Honey Creek fixes. Just do it.
I'll do your radio ads for free. I am a great voice, and have a plan using history and empathy for some great spots.
Get IndyCar back to racing here the weekend after the Indy 500. It worked.
Get NASCAR back.
Save the Ring and Save the Mile!
June 15, 2012 | Oconomowoc Wi
I grew up watching the races here and still love watching them. Let the mile live
June 13, 2012 | Jackson, WI
Don't let the Milwaukee Mile be a victim of a questionably run fair park....We don't need more food/knick knack stands. The thought of seeing a sign along the road that states historic marker is ahead . And all that is left is a brown sign stating what use to be... The Historic Milwaukee Mile...would tryly be sad.
June 13, 2012 | Milwaukee, WI
Get an autosports enthusiast to invest in the track/buy it, build some garages, advertise the snot out of the track, attract some big races, bring the Nationwide series and truck series back, and this track will flourish. I would even go to the extreme and say buy out the block on the backstretch if profitable and build stands all the way around the track. Not sure about where the extra parking would go though.
June 13, 2012 | Pewaukee, WI
With proper promotion this is a great venue. Sad to say I did not even know there was an ASA race there last night and now I missed it.
June 12, 2012 | Racine
This track provides some of the best racing in the country, and is a historical landmark in Wisconsin. Help save a part of our history and support the MILE!!!!
June 12, 2012 | Richfield
Save the Milwaukee Mile and keep the races coming. It's good for Wisconsin, it's good for the economy, it's good for the sport and it's great for race fans.
Atty. Paul D. Langer
June 12, 2012 | New Berlin, WI
June 12, 2012 | OakCreek
save the mile
June 12, 2012 | Waukesha, WI
Some of the best memories with my son came at the Milwaukee Mile. We were there year for the Nationwide cars and the trucks we We loved the exciting racing at the track in Milwaukee. We cannot afford to lose this piece of Wisconsin history. Wisconsin needs the Mile for many more generations to come !!!
June 12, 2012 | Eau Claire, WI
Great track, only been there twice prior to the remodeling of the grandstands but anxious to get back.
June 11, 2012 | West Allis, WI
Please don't let this track go. My entire 45 years have been spent living very close to the Milwaukee Mile. It is a great location and the drivers love this track. For all these years we have grown up selling lemonade and just sitting outside talking to all of the spectators that come for races here, it has been a joy and a source of pride. We enjoy every minute of it!
June 11, 2012 | Wauwatosa, WI
We can't let a fun form of recreation like this leave town. Not to mention the financial ramfications.
June 10, 2012 | milwaukee
we were season ticket holders for the mile since the busch series started & they brought in the truck series,we sat on those bleachers for years, the new seats got built, then out great governor doyle screwed things up and the race left us. we will support the track when racing comes back every year
June 10, 2012 | milwaukee
please get nascar racing back, we miss it
June 10, 2012 | Milwaukee
Only a fool would let the Milwaukee Mile go. I've seen the track in it hayday and I watched the State screw it UP! This is to all you half witts from the State. Don't Screw this up with Michael Andretti.Fix what you messed up with NASCAR and bring them back....I do vote on a regular bases and I will vote for someone who is in favor of keeping racing in Milwaukee. To Michael Andretti and Family THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! SEE YOU AT THE RACES!
June 09, 2012 | walworth wi
I live in the Lake Geneva area and watched that track closed. (ROSS KENSETH raced there on the weekends in his beginning career) I work in the Milwaukee(in the automotive industry), and I am watching this track being pushed asside. I am an AVID race fan on both the Open wheel and Stock car as well as Moto. There are way too many smaller tracks being closed, that are supported by local people, all in the name of the almighty dollar. To quote Pete Pistone we all need to be "staning up" about this and get something done. Not just for the INDY series, but NASCAR as well.
June 09, 2012 | Milwaukee, WI
Been supporting the track since the '60's. State Fair week used to feature two, three or even four stock car races. Almost lived there in August. NASCAR should support its roots. They take the Nationwide to Elkhart Lake for a road course race; what's the matter with the mile?
June 07, 2012
I have been going to the mile for many many years. From the time when the REAL ASA with stars like Bobby Dotter, Butch Miller, and Mike Eddy made its way through there, to the start of the nascar era at the mile. I love and appreciate the mile and its heritage. I grew up 3 blocks away from the track in the 80s and my father and I rarely missed a race. I sincerely hope that we can continue to enjoy our memories and more memories to come at The Mile. And not to mention I WANT TO SEE NASCAR BACK AT THE MILWAUKEE MILE!!!!!
June 07, 2012 | Madison WI
Save the Milwaukee Mile!! I have so many memories watching the Indy races when A. J. Foyt was burning up the track. We loved going to the Nationwide races. BRING NASCAR BACK. We will be in the stands for the ASA/Big 8 racing on June 12, 2012. Our favorite local racer will be participating. His first time at the Mile. What a thrill it will be to watch him at the Mile. He will be part of this History Making track. Find people who truly care about the Mile to keep it going. DON'T LET THE MILE GO BY THE WAYSIDE LIKE MY FAVORITE BALL PARK OF ALL TIME, COUNTY STADIUM. THAT BROKE MY HEART as I went to so many Braves games since 1953 when it opened.
June 04, 2012 | West Allis, WI
My father used to work on the Fire & Rescue Squad at the Milwaukee Mile 50's, 60's, 70's in the North Turn and saved many lives there! I grew up at the Mile and I am 47 now. I have many fond memories of my family sitting in the infield across from my father......and have wonderful memories and funny stories of time spent with AJ (Foyt), Al & Bobby (Unser) and Mario (Andretti)back in the USAC days! This is one heck of a track to drive and has such great fans. Please help bring racing back to the Mile so that I can share the experience with my children and grandchildren!!
Some of the best memories with my father came at the Milwaukee Mile. We were there every year for the Rex Mays Classic which always came the week after the Indy 500. We loved the "BIG" track in Milwaukee. We cannot afford to lose this piece of Wisconsin history. Wisconsin and Milwaukee both need the Mile !!!
June 01, 2012 | United States
we must keep the mile
June 01, 2012 | Milwaukee
Let's keep motorsports in Milwaukee!
June 01, 2012 | Rochester MN USA
Its a beautiful track, great atnosphere, a great asset to America.
Brian A Dufield
June 01, 2012 | McHenry, Illinois
I am still hoping my sons will have a chance to experience racing at the mile.
May 31, 2012 | Lake Geneva, WI
I grew up with this track. My father took me to countless races here. This was always the place to be the weekend after Indy when I was growing up. Indy, ASA, USAC, NASCAR cars and trucks... This track has hosted them all and a variety of local races. Attended all the Alan Kulwicki fundraisers there and had the pleasure of meeting his father and holding Alans Championship ring! So much history - let's keep it going!
May 30, 2012 | Wauwatosa, WI
We need premiere racing to continue to come to WI.
May 30, 2012 | River Falls, Wi
I've made many good memories going to Nationwide and Truck races at the Mile. I'd like to create many more good memories! Save the Mile!
May 30, 2012 | racine wi
glad to see i'm not the only one who wants to see the Mile remain what it is and bring racing back to Milwaukee!!
May 30, 2012 | Milwaukee, WI
I was excited when I moved to Milwaukee and found out it has a great piece of living racing history, and is only blocks away. It is exciting to say the least and also harkens back through the different eras of racing.
May 30, 2012 | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
I started going to the Milwaukee Mile when it was the State Fair Track. I used to go on Thursday evening to watch the stock cars on a small track in front of the grandstans. And I beleive it was in the late 40s when stock cars ran and Kaiser Fraseer was the choice. But a local friend of ours entered a new Caddy. And his friend drove it in front all day with an unlit cigar in his mouth!!! He won the race BUT the next Day that stated the a local driver from Racine won it!!! They did not want a driver who drove racing cars and midgets in the 20s to get the win!!! The last time I went I forgot to wear ear plugs and I was deaf for awhile. I still love racing and my favorite stock card drive is Matt Kenseth and second favorite is That bad boy Kryle Busch.
May 29, 2012 | Galveston, TX
My father-in-law worked there for 30 years. We can't let this die because no one really tried to run it correctly.
May 27, 2012 | Louisville, KY
Save the Mile! A great track for a great city. Will be there in June for the IRL race - with Pit Passes to boot.
May 26, 2012 | Hartland, WI
Save the Milwaukee Mile! The oldest race track still operating. Many memories, even won a race there.
May 23, 2012 | Milw
Ive grown up at this track and tracks near and far. Tracksare closing all over dont let it happen to this one!! BUILD A DIRT TRACK ON THE INFIELD AGAIN!!
May 23, 2012 | watertown
its been theare forever have to have more raceesgrk
May 22, 2012 | Cedarburg, WI
I grew up in Milwaukee and saw my first Indy races at the Mile. What a great venue! It would be a shame to shut her down.
May 22, 2012 | Hartford,wi
Great track, Great races, and Great fans. Save the Mile!
Tracy C Musta
May 13, 2012 | West Allis, WI
I grew up at this track and am disturbed that it is underutilized, all the while we continue to pay for Miller Park which was supposed to be paid off years ago! Wisconsin only jumps to the rescue when it's baseball? Transfer that overstayed cash-cow tax to the Mile and we'll be back under green!
May 12, 2012 | Mequon, WI
Please save the historic Milwaukee Mile track and the traditional Indy Car venue.
May 12, 2012 | Manitowish Waters, WI
The History is endless there. From Rex Mays heroic efforts to Jim Hurtubise worse crash. Jim Clark, some say the best racing driver ever, racing there. Roger Ward, A. J. Foyt, Mario, Dan Gurney who of any significance has not raced there? Even today's best drivers love the mile. With the whole world trying to recreate the past, we have it.
May 12, 2012 | Murphy NC
Saw my first car race there, it was a Rex Mays Classic, been watching racing ever since. the West Asslis track is a part of history and should be saved and restored for car racing and car fans everywhere.
May 11, 2012 | Madison, WI
There is too much history at this track to let it go under.
May 11, 2012 | Kenosha, Wi. 53142
Why do you want to get rid of a great piece of history? Is someone getting $$$ to put in their pocket? That track has a long and great history, besides all the enjoyment it brings with it, not to mention the dollars it generates. Regards, A car guy.
May 11, 2012 | Columbus, WI
This track is a part of racing heritage. Any racer you ask loves coming here because of the challenge and fans. And they all agree, the only thing the track suffers from is poor marketing and management. Fix that issue and it would be a gem.
Please dont let this track die.
May 11, 2012 | Wales
Having been raised near the Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania,I had an early interest in racing. Coming to Wisconsin in 1960, I found that the Milwaukee Mile created the same level of driver interest and spectator enthusiasm as Nazareth. Let's keep this track moving forward.
Robert K Williams
May 11, 2012 | Winnebago
Save this part of auto racing history
May 10, 2012 | Greenfield
There is only one "oldest, historic track." It can't be reproduced. Save, and invest in, the Mile.
May 10, 2012 | Neillsville, WI
This track is as important to race fans as the Packers are to football!
May 10, 2012 | blair wi.
We'd save other things thats not nearly as historic, this is the first. That alone should put it at the top of the list.
May 10, 2012 | waukesha wi
motorsports in milwaukee at the mile drives sales for dealers in the performance industries, milwaukee needs this track
May 10, 2012 | Crivitz, WI
Please save this piece of history
May 07, 2012 | Manitowoc, Wisconsin
If the Mile closes a big part of racing history closes also. See all who support this cause @ Indyfest June 15 & 16, 2012.
May 06, 2012 | Wauwatosa, WI
I have attended races at The Mile since 1965 and have seen it go through many seasons of racing. It was great the have the then "Busch" and Trucks come to The Mile. I have great memories of Fair Week races where there were two or three races a week - a gearhead's dream! What a terrible and foolish thing it would be to close the Mile, since major NASCAR teams have regularly chosen the Mile for a great place to practice. As well, open wheel Indy car drivers have great praise for the Mile. It's time to end unscrupulous promoters strangle hold on the Mile and return it to the fans!
May 06, 2012 | orlando, fl
Racing is part of American History
May 06, 2012 | Florida
Save our Heritage -an American favorite The MILWAUKEE MILE.
Bryan M. Giese
May 03, 2012 | United States
With the right promotion, this track can return to the status it once had!
May 03, 2012
we to save the oldest track for racing in the world.
April 30, 2012 | WESTALLIS
LOVE THIS TRACK....BEEN GOING SINCE I WAS A KID. SAVE THE MILWAUKEE MILE
April 29, 2012 | Beaver Dam, WI
Why would you want to close the most popular Race track in the country. There are a lot of Top race car drivers through out the country that would love to race at this place!Wisconsin needs to talk to someone who nows out to promote Races1 Talk to some off the Major track owers in NASCAR. There is way to make money at this track So why Doesn't Some save Part of Wisconsins Biggest history. We need to keep this Race track going.
April 27, 2012 | Illinois
This track needs to be saved. The facility is great and the races were fantastic also. Don't let another good track go by the wayside.
April 26, 2012 | Green bay
historic track, have to keep it going
April 26, 2012 | Green Bay
can't loose another good track
April 26, 2012 | depere
need to keep a family place, history and generations
April 21, 2012 | west bend wi
The only way to make the racetrack better is to get rid of the government involvement
April 12, 2012 | East Troy, WI
My husband and I have been attending this race since 1983 minus the year they didn't run. I think that was 2010 and that made a big empty space in our summer. We made it one year after working 3rd shift (12 hour shift), We showed when I had broken my leg. I had a cast to my knee and was in a wheel chair. I had a liver transplant in Sept. 2006 and showed up in June even though I was pretty sick. We are die-hard racing fans. We've seen that track go through so many changes over the years and I thank God that the Andretti's have the same love for this track as we do. THANK YOU TO THE ANDRETTI FAMILY!!! LET'S GO RACING!!!
April 12, 2012 | Cornville, AZ
I was born and raised in Oshkosh. Always loved the "Mile". It would be a great loss for it to disappear. Please save the Mile!!!!
April 10, 2012 | Elkhorn Wi
To many tracks in the area have been getting shut down, and after all people have regreted doing so, we deserve some fun and those people deserve to keep their jobs!
April 07, 2012 | Milwaukee
I have lived here all my life,and have going to all the types of racing at the Mile. Keep it all going.
April 01, 2012 | Green Bay WI
The mile is a wonderful, unique treasure and has always been an integral part of summer in wisconsin. The driver"s love the track and so do we fans. The prices are reasonable and the experience is what summer is all about after a long dark winter in wisconsin. No one can tell me that this great facility cannot survive. I believe it can not only survive, but thrive, with the right people managing and promoting it. Thank you Andretti's for showing your faith in our wonderful track and making this years Indyfest possible. In the past, the track always drew good crowds and with consistent leadership and teamwork, it will again. It would be tragic to allow this great track to be shuttered and torn down. The only analogy to that would be tearing down Lambeau Field or Fenway Park. Come on people don't allow a great thing like "The Mile" to dissapear. If you do, i gaurentee that you will regret it someday. It is one of those rare facilities that is truely IRREPLACABLE! You can never build another one.
March 31, 2012 | Mukwonago Wis.
There has got to be a way to keep this track alive and successful, If.. there is a way to build garages, they will come!!
March 29, 2012 | Wausua
We need to keep this track around!
March 25, 2012 | Three Lakes, WI
Please keep this icon of racing going!!!!
March 19, 2012
we need the Mile and we need more fans to support it
March 16, 2012 | minneapolis
pave the center with a race corse like a mini daytona, please save the track....
March 16, 2012 | mpls
keep the oldset trak open
March 15, 2012 | Oconomowoc, WI
I remember the dirt track in the infield, the exciting races during the fair. Too many memories to list. THIS TRACK MUST REMAIN ACTIVE!
March 12, 2012 | New Berlin WI
One of the reasons I let my wife talk me into moving to the Milwaukee area is this track, and getting to see a race every now and then.
March 11, 2012 | south amboy nj
The Milwaukee Mile is the oldest race track in America. It is a fantastic racing experience, as well as a great fan destination in Milwaukee. It deserves to not only be renovated, but also to land itself a Cup Series race, something I can't believe it never had once in all the years The Milwaukee Mile has been open.
March 08, 2012 | Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Mile is the best thing this city has to offer, it needs to stay.