Milwaukee Mile 2015–Recap

Finally I have time to watch the TV broadcast of the race at Milwaukee. First thoughts– the crowd was good. I was at the race and have attended the last four years. It was a good crowd. The broadcast does not show that at all. When you only see the lower stands it looks terrible but I promise it wasn’t that bad.

Josef Newgarden totally controlled the first part of the race. Around Lap 19 he caught up to Ed Carpenter. There was a lot of complaining on Twitter that Ed Made it so hard for Josef to pass and then just let Ryan Briscoe by. My thought is well of course he did. He didn’t want Josef to pass as that would put him a lap down bit once Josef got by not only did Ed lose some momentum but he was officially down a lap so once you are down a lap you let the leaders go. Okay if it’s your teammate maybe you try and block Briscoe a bit to give Josef a bigger gap but Ed also could have got a bit loose during the pass by Josef and been unable to hold off Briscoe.

Helio Castroneves made a pit stop on the early end of the window to help with that last place “qualifying” position. It will help him a lot. Somehow Helio missed getting his car in line for qualifying and was not able to make a qualifying run. He started at the back of the field.

Lap 57, Briscoe had trouble in the pits with a bad air jack. So frustrating when something so simple causes a big problem. The track is so short any small mistake makes a big difference.

Lap 60, noticing that Pippa was out by this time. I get that you don’t want to have an accident if you have no chance of winning but wouldn’t it have been a good idea to leave her in and let her get some more experience. We saw Pippa post race and anyone who follows her on Twitter knows she was incredibly upset after this race. Perhaps there was a problem with her car but if there wasn’t they should have left her in and allowed her to get some more experience.

Lol- loved the Scott Dixon flashback.

Oh and now I am noticing some of the broadcast problems everyone was talking about an twitter. Just had a bit with Jon Beekhuis and it was breaking up and now Kevin Lee having the same issue. What I noticed while at the race was that the reporters were tweeting back saying they knew there was a problem and that everything possible was being done to fix the issue. Makes a huge difference when you know people are working on the problem. I do remember thinking though that this was a good race to be at so I didn’t have to deal with the bad audio.

Lap 107, Briscoe had so many problems on the pits.

I was glad that David Hobbes was in the booth helping out. He has such a passion for this race with Milwaukee being his home town and I’ve visited his car dealership the last two years for driver appearances. I wouldn’t want four people in the booth on a regular basis but I’m glad they did it for this race.

James Jakes looses an engine and Ed Carpenter has a horrible stop to get fuel. Then as everyone comes in to the pits Josef gets held up by Munoz and losses several spots. Sebastien Bourdais does not stop, we know this will put him on the way to winning but it was fun to listen to the booth about this decision and if Bourdais might be wishing he had new tires. Talked with Jimmy Vasser and he said he only had 10 Laps on his tires so they were staying out. Honestly, of course I know the outcome, but with only ten miles on the tires I would do the same thing. There was still a lot of racing left and in just a couple laps things would even out.

Again even though I know what happens I hate seeing Ryan Briscoe out of the race. Breaks my heart especially after the fun conversations we had with Briscoe over the weekend. Ryan just got loose and there wasn’t anything he could do and just like that took Will Power out too. I had Briscoe in our family bet and Zach had Power so Matthew was excited that he won with Justin Wilson.

By Lap 136 Helio made it up to eleventh position.

Watching the couple laps after going green and it is incredible racing. No one can call it pack racing but it is amazing good, close racing and this years race is so much more fun to watch than last years. Last year we watch Power win the pole and then lead most the laps before taking the checkered flag. This year is anyone’s race.

Lap 152 and Sebastien Bourdais is about 12 seconds ahead of second place Josef Newgarden. I didn’t
realize it at the time but Bourdais was having an incredible day. In five laps Boursais improved his position buy another three seconds.

Lap 158 Stefano Coletti was out. I didn’t notice this at the race.

Lap 180- Wow! What I really missed at the race was how good Bourdais was on new tires. Just passing everyone.

Lap 202- Leigh Diffey apologizes for the audio problems. At least on my end watching it on the DVR it didn’t seem as bad as I thought it would be from all the complaints on Twitter. I noticed and it was annoying but I was still able to keep up on what they were saying.

Lap 213- Bourdais pits and keeps his lead. Fantastic racing.

Hated seeing Justin Wilson have problems while at the race and still bums me out while watching at home. Justin is such a great guy.

The pits were crazy for that last stop.

I remember hating seeing Juan Pablo Montoya in second. I did not want him to win.

With 13 Laps to go and Helio is second. I was thinking how fun it would be for my boys to watch Helio climb the fence.

Sebastien Bourdais was able to keep the lead and win the race. It was a great race both in person and on TV. I love that as I continue attending races it is becoming easier for me to keep up on what is happening on track but I sure appreciate the commentary on TV.

Milwaukee is just such a fun race and the track has so much history. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this race returns for many years to come.

Sebastien Bourdais gets his 34th win. Helio is second and Rahal finishes third.

Bourdais donuts fun to watch again.

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Well I hope no one minded that I wrote the recap as I watched. That was probably the only way I was going to get it done. Also, please check out an article I wrote for Next Gen Indy about why it needs to remain on the schedule.

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Milwaukee IndyFest Race Day

After an exciting and fun weekend it was finally race day. The boys and I had a lazy morning at the hotel. I really wanted to attend the TweetUp but it was so early and I knew it would be a long day. I couldn’t ask the kids to get to the track any earlier than qualifying time. We did arrive just in time for qualifying but I let the kids play in the Family Fun Zone rather than sit in the stands. I could kinda see the cars and of course I could hear and follow on my phone. Took a bit longer for the boys to get a turn on the trampoline so after one turn I convinced them to head to the paddock and see who we could find. We ran into Sage Karam right away.

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We also saw the Indy Lights drivers waiting for introductions.

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The day was much warmer so we sought out some shade and a snack. While we were eating I received a text from Mike Knapp (15DaysinMay) that he and his son had arrived. Mike and I have become pretty good friends over the years, I believe we have met up at the Milwaukee race four years in a row now. Mike had his son, Kevin, with him and we all caught up for a bit before walking through the paddock. Shortly after that we ran into Eric (Erock_in_Indy) and spent some time catching up with him. As we talked, James Hinchcliffe walked by. I’m not sure where he was heading but he was in a rush. I walked along with him for a bit because I wanted to let him know that the story I posted about him and Briscoe had my viewership up so much higher than I imagined (big thanks to Steve Wittich, Curt Cavin and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for sharing my story). Mike was also able to get a quick picture. After that we looked at the couple vintage cars still there and then watched the winner presentations for the Lights race. Then the boys and I went in search of shade to cool off before the race began. We sat on the blacktop under the tents set up for the vintage cars and it turned out to be a good place to sit. It was nice and cool and Zach was able to get a couple more autographs on his hat. The boys took advantage of the cool and rested.

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We watched the first half of Driver Introductions but I didn’t want to take a chance on being late to our seats so hopefully I can catch the rest on Youtube. James was doing a great job. As we neared the stands our seats were in I heard someone calling my name. It was Butch and Dan from the previous day. They were finishing their beers and hopefully made it to their seats in time. I had to run up and say hi. They were also wanting to get the blog address again- (Hope you guys found it. We sure did enjoy meeting you.) We made it to our seats with only a few minutes to spare. We were mostly in the shade by green flag and it was a perfectly delightful time to watch the race. I haven’t watched the race on TV yet but I will share what I saw from my seat and hopefully have a race review up in the next day or two.

Green flag waved and Josef Newgarden led the field. Matthew was asking questions, which of course I could barely hear. Where is Justin Wilson? How do I know what Lap it is? How fast are they going? He was really engaged. Zach begged to go to the Family Fun Zone and tried to take a nap. It was Lap 90 before Matthew finally was willing to take Zach for a snack and stretch their legs. I love that they can wander slightly out of eyesight (with firm instructions and Matthew’s cellphone) so different from our first trips to the track. So I continued to watch the race which had been caution free and had Josef looking really good.

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Without notes here is what I remember– James Jakes car was smoking and that brought out the first yellow. Of course pits were busy. I believe it was the pit under yellow when Josef had a long pit stop and that was at least in part to having to wait for Carlos Munoz to get into his pit box which was right in front of Josef’s. Josef lost quite a few positions on that one. Ed Carpenter came into the pits at least three times. I’m still not sure what exactly was going on there. He was in so much I am very surprised he ended up with a tenth place finish. When we did go back to green it wasn’t for long. Unfortunately, Ryan Briscoe lost control of his car and took out Will Power with him. Matthew immediately texted me- he was still listening to the race even if not watching announcing he won our bet. I had picked Briscoe to win and Zach had Power. We said whichever driver finished highest would be the winner. Matthew had Justin Wilson. So even though the next yellow would be for Justin, Matthew won the family bet and walked away $10 richer. The boys rejoined me and we watched as the race continued and Sebastien Bourdais took the checkered flag- yes he literally took the checkered flag.

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It was a really good race. Good passing and just enough side by side to be interesting and yet not scare anyone. I’m looking forward to watching the broadcast.

So the boys and I headed to the infield to try and congratulate the drivers and Matthew was still trying to find Justin Wilson. We had spent so much time in the paddock that when we got there each boy ran a different way and all I could do was hope they were going where they said. I followed Zach (as best I could because Matthew had his phone but if I lost Zach that could get interesting). Zach and I got out on the track for a bit and got a sweet picture of Zach in the tire marks from the donuts Bourdais did. Then Zach and I gathered autographs- Tony Kanaan, Sarah Fisher, Pippa Mann and Simon Pagenaud before we received a text from Matthew. He had found Justin Wilson!

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I love his selfie with Justin. Eventually Zach and I made it over and got another picture with Justin and had him sign an old Justin Wilson shirt Matthew insisted on buying years ago when it was way too big (see picture) but was the only one we could find. Justin signed it in 2012 and you can just make it out. Now we have a nice new autograph near the old one.

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Our day was complete! We had hung out by Justin’s transporter so often hoping to see him without luck. Matthew was super excited to get to say Hi.

I was reluctant to leave but it was time and we had to drive back home so it was time. We bought Zach a Graham Rahal/Steak n Shake shirt and waited for a shuttle ride to the parking lot. The boys loved hitching a ride. On our way home we stopped for Whatchamacallit bars. Seems that is now officially a tradition on the way home from a race.

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We had a great time and both boys were upset when I said we would not be going to another race this year. We attended three this year so they sure can’t complain. I guess I’m finally turning them into fans. That makes me one happy mom.

Hopefully, I will have a better race recap soon but before I close I just want to give a shout out to Pippa Mann. When Zach saw Pippa he ran up to her. We’ve met her a couple times so we know how great she is with fans. When we reached her though it was very obvious that she was upset and frustrated with the days race. She was talking with a crew member but put on a smile when she saw Zach and signed his hat. I didn’t even ask for a picture and instead gave her a hug and reminded her that she had a lot of fans pulling for her. If you follow her on social media she has admitted it’s been a really hard time for her. I’m hoping things go better next week and that she can use this experience to learn and move on. I truly believe she has the talent, she just needs more time in the car. I sure hope she gets it.

Milwaukee IndyFest 2015– Day Two

Many of you have already read the best part of our day. I greatly appreciate everyone who helped share that story. I was hoping it would have a bigger audience as it was such a neat story about some great guys. I never imagined it would be shared as much as it was. Thanks again for all who shared. If you happened to miss it then please check out my post IndyCar Drivers are the Best.

The rest of the day was tons of fun too. We arrived at the track and made a plan. We grabbed some food, looked through a couple shops and headed to the Family Fun Zone. I had been telling the boys how they have rides and they couldn’t wait. Well, when we arrived it was a bit disappointing- no rides. There were a couple things but no where near what they had in the past. They were all still free though. So the boys begged to try the stunt jump and trampolines but I convinced them to take a walk through the paddock first. Practice was over and I figured it would be a good time to find some drivers. I was right. Almost immediately we saw Will Power and Graham Rahal. That helped get the boys minds back on IndyCar and off playing.

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We saw a lot of the cars go by. I pointed out drivers and owners. Then we strolled past the vintage cars. Eventually the boys had enough and back to the Family Fun Zone we went. It was fun too. Both boys jumped on the trampoline and Matthew was brave enough to try the stunt jump. We got an ice cream before walking to the Fan Village for the autograph session.

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It was 50 minutes before the autograph session would begin and the line was already long. I asked the boys what they wanted to do. Both chose to play a bit in the Fan Village but not to stay for the autographs. I wanted to see all the drivers but I was kinda on the same page. So as the line continued to grow we left and strolled the paddock. We had a snack and made friends with Butch and Dan, who were sitting at the table next to us. They met at Indy years ago and have been friends since. They live in different states but meet up a couple times a year for IndyCar races. How cool is that.

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We also enjoyed talking with the guys that drive the transporters. Zach stopped to ask them if Hinch was around and we struck up a conversation. It was pretty neat hearing about the sport from a different view. The guys were super polite. They admitted it’s been a tough season with so many races so close together and are hopeful next years schedule will allow a couple more breaks. I don’t blame them. I’d also like to see the season spread out a bit more.

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We continued strolling and saw lots of drivers and IndyCar celebrities. Everyone was great taking time for pictures or autographs. Paul Tracy even jumped off a golf cart to make sure we got the picture we wanted. James Jakes stopped his scooter. Selfies with Jon Beekhus and Tristan Vautier. What a fun day! Of course the best part was meeting up with James and Ryan.

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We spent some more time in the Family Fun Zone, compared notes with Butch and Dan on which drivers we saw and decided to take one last walk through the paddock before heading back to the hotel. By this time Zach was really getting into trying to spot the drivers. If anyone looked official he was asking who it was. Of course half the people in the paddock work with one of the teams but I don’t know who they are. Zach was getting frustrated since I’m the expert on all things IndyCar until we saw Michael Andretti and he was talking with Curt Cavin. We missed Michael but that is fine I was more interested in talking to Curt. I never miss an episode of Trackside and often talk along with Curt and Kevin- which cracks my boys up. Now I would get to really talk to Curt. Curt kept walking as I called his name but eventually turned around saying he didn’t realize we were calling him. I said, “Are you kidding? You are super famous in our house.” or something like that and right on cue Zach asked, “Curt Cavin?”. Yep Zach we are talking with Curt Cavin. I told him how much I enjoy trackside and shared our Hinch and Briscoe story. Curt asked our names and we talked a bit more. It was Curt who Tweeted about my story and really got it going. More about that in the next post but I am very grateful. Just another example of how awesome the IndyCar family is.

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We left the track still feeling pretty pumped up about our fun day. We saw very little of the cars on track for practice but made up for it with the interactions we had. We still have another day at the track to enjoy too. What a fun trip with more to come.

IndyCar Drivers are the Best! James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Briscoe top the list!

I have a tons to share about our adventures at the Milwaukee Indyfest but this one story can’t wait and deserves its own post.

It all began at the GP of Indy this last May. The boys and I ran into James Hinchcliffe just after our free garage tour. Unfortunately, the yellow shirts did not allow us back in after a bathroom break so we walked up to the balcony overlooking the garages. We saw James and called to him that we had a bracelet for him. It was a black and white “checkered” bracelet that said Hinch. James put it right on and later tweeted that he was still wearing it.

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We were thrilled. How cool is that. Of course we all know what happened next. James had that horrible accident. Ryan Briscoe would be filling in for James for the Indy 500.

The boys and I attended our first Indy 500 and made a bunch more checkered flag necklaces to hand out. We made a special one that said “Get Well Hinch”. After the race we went to the balcony overlooking James’ garage in hopes of seeing someone that might give the necklace to Hinch. Sure enough Ryan Briscoe came out of the garage. We called Ryan over, dropped down the necklace and asked him to please give it to James. He said he would.

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Great story right? I thought so too and loved telling it. Today the story got even better. The boys and I knew James was at the track so during the autograph session we went looking for him. Guess what? We found him! He was talking with some other people but the boys and I patiently waited and he soon came over to talk with us. I said we were the ones that gave him the bracelet and he remembered even saying, “oh yeah, from up on the walkway.” Yes, that was us. I then told him how we gave a necklace to Ryan Briscoe to give to him and he said that he did have the necklace and it’s hanging in his room. We took a picture, got an autograph and I even got a hug.

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Great story, right? Wait, it gets better. After the practice session for the IndyCars we walked through the paddock again. This time Ryan Briscoe was out. I asked if we could get an autograph and as we did told Ryan we were the ones that gave him the necklace to give to Hinch and that Hinch told us he had received it. Ryan said, “oh yeah, I gave it to him in the hospital”. I said that it was so sweet of him to do and that while I had hoped he would give it to him I wasn’t really sure. Just his willingness to talk with us that day made us happy, that he truly did deliver the gift was great. As I was telling Ryan this, James walked by and said, “I told you he gave it to me.” James stopped and we were able to get a picture I will treasure for the rest of my life. Not only did I have a cool experience with my boys but I have a story I can always share about just how amazing the IndyCar guys are.

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IndyCar drivers truly are the best and James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Briscoe are at the top of that list. We had an awesome day. We will continue to pray for Hinch’s recovery and will be cheering for them both.

Thanks So Much James and Ryan. We will never forget this day.

Milwaukee IndyFest 2015– Day One

So things are a bit different at Indyfest this year and there won’t be any track activity until late Saturday. Both qualifying and the race will happen on Sunday. The boys and I still decided to begin our weekend on Friday though so we could attend some driver appearances. Having attended some last year (and had a blast) I knew it would be a great chance for a little time to actually get a chance to talk with the drivers. So our first stop was a grocery store to see Ryan Hunter-Reay.

The Sendik’s Food Mart in Greenfield was were Ryan Hunter-Reay would be. We showed up and there was no signage announcing him. We even had to ask where to find him (or if it was even the right store). The woman directed us to where she thought he was– Really– How could you not know? Anyway, we walked over and saw Ryan. No line, hardly anyone milling around, perfect, we wouldn’t be rushed at all while we talked with him a bit. Wow! I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’ve never been disappointed when meeting a driver until today. We said hello- calling Ryan by name. He asked the boys names and signed his autograph for both of them. I pulled out my ticket from this years Indy 500 for him to sign. I said something about it being kinda beat up. He didn’t say a thing. Ok I get it, he’s probably signed a million of the tickets but I thought he might at least acknowledge that we had went. He did ask the boys if they were going to the race this weekend. We responded yes and that we would be there both Saturday and Sunday. Again- good time to acknowledge that we were big time fans that really care, but no comment at all. I asked if Ryan knew what would happen if it rained. The sweet girl working said it would not rain (being optimistic). We actually talked more with her than Ryan. Ryan then made it visibly clear that we were done and I said we were looking forward to the race and it was good to meet him and we were done.

Perhaps I’m spoiled but that was so disappointing for me. I’m used to the drivers taking time and asking questions back and realizing I’m more than just an autograph hound. He truly seemed to not care. Oh and did I mention there was no one else there. No one was behind him waited to see him. We left the store feeling disappointed.

We were now on our way to the David Hobbes Honda Dealer to see Marco Andretti, Jack Hawksworth and of course David Hobbes. We drove to the dealer and arrived just at 4:00 when it started. There was a decent line to get Marco’s autograph. We waited and enjoyed talking with those around us. Marco was awesome. He was very polite and took a couple minutes to talk with us and even take a picture (not everyone was taking pictures and there were people waiting behind us). Since Marco doesn’t have a reputation for being the most talkative in the paddock I was kinda worried after our experience with Ryan but it was the complete opposite. We were thrilled. We then had to wait until David came out and then eventually Jack Hawksworth arrived. We got both their autographs. We told Jack we were huge A.J. Fans and thanked David for always hosting this event. David responded that he hoped it would continue (us too). Wow! What a difference from the session with Ryan. The boys even commented on the difference and how much nicer Marco and Jack were. Guess it wasn’t just me.

After we drove to our hotel and enjoyed a swim.

As I reflected on our day I had some thoughts.
-I was never a huge RHR fan. I thought that might change after meeting him but it didn’t.
-RHR might have been having a horrible day, I have no clue. Perhaps that is just his nature. I’m not holding anything against him but I had hoped meeting him would have been more fun.
-Marco, on the other hand, went up a couple points in my book. I’ve always been a fan but having a nice meet and greet made it even better.
-I told Marco that last year I met Josef Newgarden at the dealership and told Josef that it was just a matter of time till he got his first win and that Marco’s next win would also come shortly.
-Jack Hawksworth and David Hobbes were both great. Loved that they took time to talk with us.
-My boys are getting bigger and these trips are so precious. I’m so thankful to be able to share this with them.

Check back soon for more on our race weekend at the Milwaukee Mile.

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Milwaukee- Fun for the Whole Family

To be honest, I’ve yet to take my boys to the Milwaukee Indyfest. I believe that will change this year but in the past the Milwaukee race has been a girls weekend for me. Every year though I think how much the boys would love to attend.
Matthew (12) and Zachary (10) began attending Pole Day at Indy at the age of 5. In 2014 we missed Pole Day and the boys watched their first live race, the Grand Prix of Indy. This year (2015) they attended both the GP of Indy and the Indianapolis 500. The only track they have been to is Indy. As soon as we enter they beg for a pedicab ride. They hate the endless walking to get from one part of the track to the other and of course I want to see it all so I indulge them in a pedicab ride to make the day more fun. I admit walking around the facility is exhausting. The Milwaukee Mile will be a breeze for the boys.
So here are some reasons why I can’t wait to introduce my boys to The Milwaukee Mile and why I think they will love it.

1. Size. Ok I’ve already hinted at this one but this is huge, well actually it is the exact opposite of huge. The Milwaukee Mile is just that- a mile. It’s so easy to walk from the seats on the main straight to the infield that you won’t even think twice about moving from one spot to the other. Also, the smaller track makes it possible to always see the race cars. At Indy they fly past and we lose sight of them. It makes it hard to follow the race. Milwaukee offers complete views of the track so you can keep you eye on your favorites the whole way around.

2. Affordable. Tickets for Milwaukee Indyfest are very affordable for families. Saturdays General Admission ticket is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids. At that price you can easily add a Paddock Pass for an additional $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Race day tickets start at $25 (kids-$5) for General Admission and reserved seats run between $29- $79 (kids $10-$30). Race day Paddock passes are $25 for adults and $5 for kids. The adult prices are very fair but WOW- the kids pricing is great! What a fantastic job by Andretti Sports Marketing to make this event affordable for families. Parking will run you another $10.00 but the parking is on the grounds and so close to the track. Well worth it.

3. Kid Friendly. So some things like the size and low ticket prices make the race kid friendly but there is also the infield rides. Milwaukee Indyfest has a nice amount of rides and activities for the kids to enjoy and it is all included with the ticket price. What a great way to get kids excited about attending the race. There can be down time between track activity and the rides sure help keep kids happy. Last year I rode the Ferris wheel and it was very fun seeing the track from that vantage point. I recommend it for all ages.

4. Fan Friendly. The Fan Village offers many ways to connect with other fan, sponsors and drivers. You can get a Firestone tatoo (airbrush), have your picture taken in the Honda Two-seater, take an IndyCar quiz to earn prizes and many more activities. Then there is also the cardboard cutouts of the drivers. If you aren’t up for waiting in the autograph lines they can offer a bit of fun too. There is always something fun in the fan village. We also enjoyed the Tweet-up. A great way to meet friends from Twitter and drivers. Last year Pippa Mann hosted and Zach Veach and Matthew Brabham did a Q&A.
I also recommend checking out some of the driver appearances. Last year we had plenty of time to chat with Josef Newgarden and James Hinchcliffe at David Hobbes car dealership.

5. History. The Milwaukee Mile is the oldest operating motor speedway. The speedway has hosted at least one race every year since 1903, with the exception of the years when the United States was involved in World War II. Barney Oldfield, Ralph DePalma, Parnelli Jones, A. J. Foyt, Al Unser, Jim Clark, Alex Zanardi, Michael Andretti and Helio Castroneves are just a few of the drivers that have raced on the mile track. If you are a fan of IndyCar you will want to make sure you get a chance to visit this historic race track. This year the Harry Miller Club will be on track Friday and Saturday. They have quite a collection of vintage Indy cars.

This will be the fourth year I’ve attended the Milwaukee race. A couple things stick in my mind. In 2013 they had cream puffs for sale. I still crave them. I loved the rickshaw races, unfortunately I didn’t see them on the schedule for this year. The Simmer truck is a great place to grab lunch if you are looking for a healthier option. And last but not least, Mike La Susa’s Italian Restaurant is fantastic. The Italian nachos are amazing. If you are looking for some place to eat I highly recommend it. They are located at 8955 South 5th Ave. Oak Creek, WI. It is an odd location a bit off the beaten path but well worth it. 

    Meeting James Hinchcliffe and Josef Newgarden. 
    The street party in Milwaukee. 
  Tweet-up. Met Pippa Mann, Zach Veach and Matthew Brabham.       Fun in the Fan Village.
  Rickshaw winner- Big Steve.