Father's Day Weekend Infield Activities Unveiled
Milwaukee IndyFest will feature two days of exciting race action from the IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights and Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires cars Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, at the Milwaukee Mile. Fans will also have the opportunity to watch Firestone Indy Lights and Pro Mazda Championship test for free on Thursday as an added bonus to this year's IndyFest. In addition to the racing, IndyFest will also include a long list of activities and attractions throughout the two-day festival.
"We're really excited about this year's Milwaukee IndyFest. As we've seen in the first four events, IndyCar racing has been incredibly exciting," said Kevin Healy, managing director of Andretti Sports Marketing. "The Milwaukee Mile always provides great racing for fans and the infield festival this year will take entertainment to a whole new level."
The Milwaukee IndyFest infield will be packed with activities for race fans, families and festival-goers. There will be a number of unique sections inside the confines of the historic one-mile oval to rev up race fans all weekend long, including: The Coors Light Music & Beer Garden, Family Fun Zone, Vintage Car Corral and the IZOD IndyCar Fan Village.
"Starting with the Milwaukee IndyFest Street Party at the Hilton Milwaukee on Thursday, we will be having all sorts of off-beat fun," said Healy. "This year at IndyFest we will also be hosting the World Championship of Rickshaw Racing - featuring some great Milwaukee drivers and personalities. The 2013 Milwaukee IndyFest is going to be a memorable experience!"
"DITCH FRIDAY" at the Mile
On Friday, Milwaukee IndyFest fans will be able to partake in a special promotion called DITCH FRIDAY. All attendees, with paid admission, that stop by the DITCH FRIDAY redemption booth in the Coors Light Music & Beer Garden can redeem a voucher for a drink on us, either a Coors Light beer (Must 21+ years old with valid ID) or soft drink, after telling us what you "DITCHED" in order to attend Milwaukee IndyFest.
Coors Light Music & Beer Garden
The Coors Light Music & Beer Garden will be located between Turns 3 and 4 of the historic Milwaukee Mile. Each day will kick-off with live music at 10 a.m. and run all day long featuring a combination of local bands and DJs. Joining the IndyFest festivities, the world-renowned MarchFourth Marching Band will perform on the Coors Light Music & beer Garden stage on both Friday and Saturday post-race activity. The concerts are FREE for all ticket holders.
The Coors Light Music & Beer Garden will also be home to the Milwaukee IndyFest Pit Stop Challenge on Friday. Throughout Friday's activities and race action, fans can test their pit crew skills and challenge their friends to a friendly competition. That evening, the real IZOD IndyCar Series pit crews will compete against one another and one lucky crew will walk away with the official 2013 Milwaukee IndyFest Pit Stop Challenge Champion title.
MarchFourth Marching Band
Fans can also expect to see and hear MarchFourth Marching Band throughout the infield, providing an offbeat infield experience. Unlike any other "traditional" marching band, MarchFourth brings a fun, energy packed atmosphere of celebration to the one-mile oval at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. "MarchFourth Marching Band brings a whole new meaning to Rock and Roll, an experience that combines music, acrobatics and just plain fun," said Healy. The MarchFourth roving and post-race performances will be must-see activities for IndyFest fans! For more information on MarchFourth, please visit: www.marchfourthmarchingband.com.
World Championships of Rickshaw Racing
If you love racing, you cannot miss the inaugural event of the World Championships of Rickshaw racing, hosted at the historic Milwaukee Mile. Friday will feature two qualifying races and the championship race will take place on Saturday, just prior to the Milwaukee IndyFest IZOD IndyCar Series race. This event will feature some of the best and brightest stars in this upcoming sport.
Family Fun Zone
The Family Fun Zone will incorporate a series of activities designed to provide fun for all ages, including: the iconic Milwaukee IndyFest Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round, bumper cars as well as raised viewing platforms to watch all of the race action. On Saturday afternoon, Radio Disney will feature two performances in the Family Fun Zone so be sure to bring kids of all ages to sing, dance, play games and win prizes! All carnival rides are free with general admission purchase.
IZOD IndyCar Fan Village
Adjacent to the infield rides and games will be the IZOD IndyCar Fan Village, where fans can enjoy interactive IndyCar and product displays, live Q&A's with drivers from the IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights and Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires. Driver autograph sessions are scheduled on Saturday, June 15.
The Marcus Club
Located in the heart of the IZOD IndyCar Series paddock, the Marcus Club allows fans to take in all of the IndyFest action from a private viewing platform (located next to the entry of pit road). The exclusive VIP club will also feature appearances by members of the legendary open-wheel racing family Michael and Marco Andretti, as well as other prominent IZOD IndyCar Series drivers, legends and industry leaders. Marcus Club members will be able to interact with these racing stars during exclusive Q&A and autograph sessions.
About Milwaukee IndyFest
Milwaukee IndyFest will take place Father's Day weekend, June 14-15, at the legendary Milwaukee Mile, the longest continually operating speedway in the world to celebrate it's 110th Anniversary. In 2012, Michael Andretti brought racing back to the Milwaukee area as event promoter with Andretti Sports Marketing Wisconsin, LLC is a subsidiary of Andretti Sports Marketing, LLC. Based in Indianapolis with regional offices in Toronto, New York and Fort Lauderdale, Andretti Sports Marketing, LLC manages turnkey marketing solutions for its professional sports marketing clients. The IZOD IndyCar Series race held at the Milwaukee Mile at the Wisconsin State Fair Park will begin at 3:00 p.m. CT and 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 15. To purchase your tickets, please visit: www.milwaukeeindyfest.com or call the Wisconsin State Fair Park box office: (414) 266-7100. Box office hours are 10AM - 4PM weekdays. Follow us on Facebook.com/MilwaukeeIndyFest and Twitter: @MKE_IndyFest to stay updated on all the latest IndyFest news.