The Milwaukee Mile Racing Museum™

The Milwaukee Mile is an approximately one mile-long (1.6 km) oval race track in the central United States, located on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis, Wisconsin, a suburb west of Milwaukee. Its grandstand and bleachers seated approximately 37,000 spectators. Paved 64 years ago in 1954, it was originally a dirt track. In addition to the oval, there was a 1.8 mile (2.8 km) road circuit located on the infield.
Having been the second-oldest operating motor speedway in the world, the Milwaukee Mile’s hosted at least one auto race every year from 1903 to 2015 (except during U.S. involvement in World War II). The track has held events sanctioned by major bodies, such as the AAA, USAC, NASCAR, CART/Champ Car World Series, and the IndyCar Series. There have also been many races in regional series such as ARTGO.
Famous racers who have competed at the track include: Barney Oldfield, Ralph DePalma, Walt Faulkner, Parnelli Jones, A. J. Foyt, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Mario Andretti, Bobby Rahal, Jim Clark, Darrell Waltrip, Alan Kulwicki, Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Allison, Davey Allison, Nigel Mansell, Michael Andretti, Alex Zanardi, Harry Gant, Rusty Wallace, Walker Evans and Dario Franchitti, as well as current racing stars Danica Patrick, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon, Hélio Castroneves and many others.
On December 16, 2009, Wisconsin State Fair Park officials confirmed that the Milwaukee Mile would not host any NASCAR or IndyCar races in 2010. NASCAR confirmed that their June Nationwide Series date would remain in Wisconsin for 2010, as they announced they would hold a race at Road America for the first time since the Grand National Series raced there in 1956. NASCAR also announced on January 20, 2010 that the Milwaukee date for the truck series would be moved to August. The track hosted two ASA Late Model Series races in 2010.
IndyCar returned to the track in 2011, but the Mile was left off of the preliminary 2012 schedule after a poorly attended 2011 event that resulted in part from an inexperienced promoter. In February 2012, it was announced that IndyCar would return to the Mile on the weekend of June 15–16. The event was promoted by Andretti Sports Marketing, owned by former Indy driver Michael Andretti, and was billed as the Milwaukee IndyFest. The event included open-wheel racing featuring the IndyCar Series and the Firestone Indy Lights, as well as a driver question period and autograph sessions, music and other attractions. The series again left after the 2015 season and since 2015 the track has hosted no major professional races.

history courtesy of Wikipedia


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click on logo above to visit Colin's Classic Automobiles

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Welcome to our new Sponsor/Partner. Check out their great product line.

Since 1982, Fresh Air Systems has been a well known brand name in all venues of racing. We began our business by bringing filtered air to drivers' helmets to cool, clean, and fogging. F.A.S.T. was borne of an idea that drivers were breathing too much track dust from under the helmets, primarily in dirt racing. Asphalt drivers followed suit, learning that by adding an air intake filtering system they canbreathe less track contaminants, and better quality air will benefit their performance on the track. In addition to being the only helmet service department for the Nextel (and former Winston) Cup drivers, we supply air filtering and cooling systems to drivers in all venues including stock car, drag racers, sprint car, midgets, legends, mini stocks, sports car, prototypes, off road trucks and buggies, late model dirt stocks, land speed breakers, club racers and weekend warriors!
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Lemons of Love is an adventure run solely on the generosity of humanity.” – Jill Swanson Peltier  Click on image above

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We have a Winner! Another MX-5 Global Cup Car given away! The winner of the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Car is....Daniel Miller!!! We want to thank everyone that participated in the giveaway as it exceeded our expectations this year. Find out more about Dan Miller on our event page. We're doing it again in 2019! Click on photo above.


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Enjoy the Historic Milwaukee Mile Racing Museum.

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Dan Gurney and Jimmy Clark the day in modern day racing
history a rear engine car won its first race.
And it happened at the Mile.

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photo above by Ron Nelson.
Available as a signed, limited edition print.
Visit the Photo Library page to order.



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Our Milwaukee Mile Staff

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Founder
Ron Nelson

Ron is a long time photographer of racing and pro-football. He began his career as a mid-west photographer for Competition Press and covered major events from Watkins Glen, Indy, Road America, Meadowdale, the Milwaukee Mile and other events. In 1960 Ron began to shoot for the Chicago Bears P.R. department and covered them until they moved to Soldier Field. He has published a book - Pro Football at Wrigley Field. Contact Ron for more information on advertising and future plans for this site.
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The home for fans of all types of racing. Hosted by Steve Zautke.

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For great information
on iconic classic Vintage Indy cars visit our website
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Editor
Steve Zautke


Steve brings a wealth of knowledge to our web site. He has been around the Milwaukee Mile since he was old enough to have his Father (Film photographer at the Mile) bring him there. Steve has his radio show weekly 105.7FM The FAN and is an author and contributor to various racing publications.