Milwaukee IndyFest

Bucks Partner with Milwaukee 225 IndyCar Race

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February 11, 2011 – Milwaukee, WI – Fast action and NBA superstars combine as the Milwaukee Bucks showcase the June Milwaukee 225 IndyCar race at the Bradley Center on Saturday, February 26, 2011. An IndyCar will be on display at the game and an IZOD IndyCar driver will be available to meet and greet Bucks fans.

The Milwaukee 225 will take place Father’s Day weekend, June 18-19, 2011, at the historic Milwaukee Mile.

“The Milwaukee Bucks know how to bring the excitement,” says Chris McGrath, promoter of the Milwaukee 225. “We see this as a great partnership because IndyCar is all about speed and excitement. Not only is the Milwaukee 225 a great family event, but there are six other races that weekend as well. The whole experience is designed around thrill and value – something Wisconsin fans will appreciate.”

In the upcoming months, the race promoters will also be partnering with a variety of other Wisconsin teams, including the Brewers, Admirals and Wave.

For more information about the Milwaukee 225 or ticketing, visit the website at or call 1-800-722-3840.

Milwaukee 225 Brings Coors Light to IndyCar

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Milwaukee, WI  - Tradition and local pride unite at the Milwaukee Mile as MillerCoors and Beer Capitol Distributing will join together to be a prominent sponsor of the Milwaukee 225 IndyCar event, June 18-19, 2011.

The deal makes Coors Light the official beer sponsor of this summer’s Milwaukee 225 IndyCar race at The Mile. In addition to signage and hospitality, the sponsorship also establishes Coors Light as the title sponsor of the race’s pole qualifying day.

“We have a long history of supporting great racing at the Milwaukee Mile and look forward to an exciting race this summer,” said Jim Wright, MillerCoors general manager-sales for Wisconsin. “Coors Light, The World’s Most Refreshing Beer, is the perfect complement to an afternoon spent enjoying hot racing action on the track. And thanks to our outstanding partners at Beer Capitol Distributing, we’ll be able to ensure race fans have that ideal experience at the track.”

MillerCoors and Beer Capitol Distributing join several other Milwaukee businesses who have chosen to show support of this legendary local event. David Hobbs Honda will be sponsoring the Firestone Indy Lights race (David Hobbs 100), and will be the official car dealership of Racefest weekend. Chris McGrath, the Milwaukee 225’s promoter, indicates a title sponsor may be just around the corner.

“The Milwaukee 225 is rich in history, but also about local pride and a promising future,” says McGrath. “This is an exciting time for the state as well. With the Packers headed to the big game, Wisconsin will be first on the national stage. When the drivers and teams of the IZOD IndyCar Series come to town this summer, fans will experience the excitement, danger and speed, while businesses can showcase their wares and show support for this once-a-year Wisconsin tradition.”

For additional information about the Milwaukee 225 or to order tickets, please visit or call 1-800-722-3840.

Thrilling changes promise excitement and value at the Milwaukee Mile

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Milwaukee, WI - January 13, 2011 - Fans attending the Milwaukee 225 on Father’s Day weekend, June 18-19, 2011, will witness firsthand compelling changes to IndyCar’s oval race format and a greater fan experience at the track.

Qualifying order, restarts, and enhanced sound and video are just a few of the exciting changes announced at the annual “State of IndyCar” presentation, during which IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard and staff shared details planned for the upcoming season.

“We promised fans excitement and value,” says Chris McGrath, the Milwaukee 225’s promoter. “Not only will they see seven races in two days, but mixing up the pit box assignments and the possibility of double-file restarts creates great opportunities for action on the track that just can’t be missed.”

Tickets Now on Sale for 2011 Milwaukee Mile IndyCar Race

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Individual tickets for the June 19 IndyCar Series race are now on sale at or by calling (800) 722-3840. The event is scheduled for Father's Day weekend, so cross off one gift purchase from your list with the click of a mouse or a phone call. Hospitality packages, including paddock passes, and groups sales also are available.

"The support we've received from so many deepens our conviction that we're on track for a great weekend in Milwaukee on Father's Day next year," said Chris McGrath, CEO of AB Productions, the event's promoter.

The Milwaukee Mile hosted its first motorsports event in 1903 and has been an Indy-car racing staple since the 1930s. The track was absent from IndyCar's 2010 calendar because of financial and promoter difficulties.

A PROMISING START: Milwaukee Mile Race Promoters Respond to Flood of Early Ticketing Requests

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Indianapolis, Indiana, September 28, 2010 – Following the recent announcement that the IndyCar Series will return to the Milwaukee Mile in 2011, fans have flocked to the event phone number and Web site,

According to promoter AB Productions CEO Chris McGrath, “Response has been outstanding. In just a few days following the racing schedule press conference, we have received thousands of calls and requests about tickets for the June 19, 2011 race – many from prior season ticket holders. The support and well wishes from so many so early deepen our conviction that we’re on track for a great weekend in Milwaukee on Father’s Day next year.”

Fans should know that the promoter of the event, AB Promotions, will be contacting former season ticket holders who have registered on the Web site or called the company with requests to purchase tickets for the 2011 event. “Our goal is to place them in or as close to their former seats as possible,” commented McGrath. Once prior season ticket holders have been re-ticketed, a process that is expected to take about 30 days, individual tickets will be offered to the general public.

Former season ticket holders who have not already done so should fill out the online ticket inquiry form on or call 1-800-722-3840 as soon as possible to ensure they are contacted in advance of the general public ticket sales. Those who have not held season tickets in the past may also complete the online form to receive email notification of general public ticketing details and other race updates as soon as the information is available.

OFFICIAL: IndyCar Series Returns to Milwaukee Mile in 2011

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The IZOD IndyCar Series® is coming back to the Milwaukee Mile, Father’s Day weekend 2011 with an entire weekend of racing, fun, and access never before seen at the track.  The weekend is being promoted by AB Promotions,  which is a new partnership between Avocado Motorsports Marketing and BMG Event Production.  AB Promotions arrangement with State Fair Park is for one weekend only, but it should be an eventful weekend if everything goes according to plan.  The group's itinerary currently calls for two to three support series races over the course of the weekend, as well as entertainment throughout the State Fair Park.

More more information on the Milwaukee Racefest  weekend, visit Milwaukee Mile 2011.

BREAKING NEWS - IZOD IndyCar Series Returning to Milwaukee?

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The IZOD IndyCar Series has scheduled a press conference for 11:00am on Friday, September 10th at the Milwaukee Mile.  The press conference will be used to announce the 2011 IndyCar Series schedule.  It has been widely reported that IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard wanted the series to return to the Milwaukee Mile in 2011.  With the 2011 schedule being announced at the Milwaukee Mile, one can only assume that the the Milwaukee Mile will be part of it.

IRL chief takes turn with Mile

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Bernard says small support from state crucial for plan to work

Indy Racing League CEO Randy Bernard believes he and two partners can turn about $400,000 from the State of Wisconsin into a tourist attraction that would provide a return on the investment for years to come.

Bernard, who took over as head of the IndyCar Series sanctioning body last winter, was in Milwaukee last week to pitch his ideas for his series to come back to the Milwaukee Mile.

The track fell off the IRL and NASCAR schedules after promoter Wisconsin Motorsports defaulted last year on millions of dollars in payments due to both of them as well as landlord State Fair Park and other creditors.

Bernard met with Fair officials Thursday to share his ideas.

"We'd try to bring in ancillary events around it with some strong entertainment value to them," Bernard told the Journal Sentinel. "My goal would be to make it not just a city or state event but to bring in tourists."

That the IRL would even consider coming back to the Mile after going unpaid last time is a sign of the league's commitment to the proposed event, Bernard said.

"That track's sitting there not doing anything right now," he said.