Putting The “Fest” In Milwaukee IndyFest

Racing and Much More, June 15 and 16

The Milwaukee IndyFest will feature two days of exciting race action from the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights cars Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at the Milwaukee Mile. In addition to the racing, IndyFest will also include a long list of activities and attractions throughout the two-day festival.

In addition to numerous food vendors and picnic areas throughout the facility, there will be a number of unique sections inside the confines of the historic one-mile oval. To buy tickets or to learn more about Milwaukee IndyFest, click to the official event website at: (You will also find high-resolution versions of the graphics included in this email at the official website under the “Race Information” tab. Look for “IndyFest Grounds.”)

Family Fun Zone: The Family Fun Zone will incorporate a series of activities designed to provide fun for everyone. These include: a zip-line for an exhilarating ride through the sky, bounce houses, face painters and stilt walkers as well as raised viewing platforms to watch the racing action in turn three of the oval. Expect to see and hear the Wisconsin Badger marching band throughout the infield Saturday morning.

Midway: Enjoy the rides and attractions in the midway section located alongside the backstretch. Ride the IndyFest Ferris wheel, cause mayhem in the bumper cars or enjoy a more leisurely ride on the merry-go-round and many other rides and games.

IZOD IndyCar Fan Village : Adjacent to the midway will be the IZOD IndyCar Fan Village, where fans can enjoy interactive IndyCar displays. Driver autograph sessions are scheduled for Friday evening and Saturday morning.

The Snake Pit: Not interested in the kiddie rides? Stop by the Snake Pit for a cold Coors Light, the official beer of Milwaukee IndyFest. Restricted to adults age 21 and over, the Snake Pit includes a DJ and elevated Party Decks for prime viewing of turn two of the Milwaukee Mile.

Coors Light Concert Stage: The IndyFest concert stage will be located inside of turn one. Smash Mouth headlines the musical lineup, as they bring their California party sound and a string of hits for a post-race concert Saturday afternoon following the IndyFest 225. The concert is FREE for all Saturday ticket holders.

The Battle of the Bands takes the stage Friday evening following the 100-lap Firestone Indy Lights race. Celebrity judges will help choose the winning act from eight of the Milwaukee-area’s finest music acts. The winning act receives a cash prize and the opportunity to perform a pre-race concert Saturday morning. The winning band will also earn a booking at the 45th annual Milwaukee Summerfest, the world’s largest musical festival, held at Henry Maier Festival Park at the BMO Harris Pavilion in Milwaukee. The second-place act will also receive a cash prize.

The Marcus Club: If you prefer to see IndyCars up-close while the crews work on the machines, paddock passes are available for both days of the event. A limited number of pit passes are also available. For the true VIP experience, fans can also purchase a spot in the Marcus Club, presented in conjunction with Marcus Hotels and Resorts, inside the paddock area.

Tickets are now on sale at or by phone at the Wisconsin State Fair Park box office at 414-266-7100. Beginning June 1, the box office will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Adult general admission tickets begin at $17.50, while reserved seats for Saturday’s IndyCar race start at $26. Fans can watch Friday’s practice and qualifying plus the 100-lap Firestone Indy Lights race for FREE in the grandstands, but must have a general admission ticket to join in all of the infield activities.

The on-track schedule is now complete for the Milwaukee IndyFest, Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at the historic Milwaukee Mile. The IZOD IndyCar Series will headline the action with a 225-lap race Saturday afternoon. They will be joined by the Firestone Indy Lights cars, who will race Friday evening in a 100-lap battle.

Here is the full schedule:

Friday, June 16

(all times are CENTRAL TIME)

8:00 am Spectator Gates Open: Friday grandstand seating is FREE. (Infield activities require general admission ticket. These include Family Fun Zone and zip-line, Midway rides, IZOD IndyCar Fan Village, Snake Pit, spectator viewing decks and concert stage)

9:00 — 9:45 Firestone Indy Lights Practice

10:00 — 10:30 IZOD IndyCar Series Practice, Group A

10:30 — 11:00 IZOD IndyCar Series Practice, Group B (all cars)

11:45 — 12:20 Firestone Indy Lights Qualifying

12:20 — 1:00 Firestone Indy Lights Practice

1:15 — 2:15 IZOD IndyCar Series Practice

4:00 — 5:15 IZOD IndyCar Series Qualifying

5:00 — 8:00 Brat Fry: Infield

5:15 IZOD IndyCar Series Pole Award Ceremonies

5:20 Firestone Indy Lights Pre-Race Ceremonies

5:40 Green Flag: Firestone Indy Lights Race (100 laps, 100 miles)

6:15 — 7:15 IZOD IndyCar Series Driver Autograph Session, Group One

6:30 — 8:30 IndyFest Battle of the Bands (eight bands), Main concert stage, inside turn one

9:00 Spectator Gates closed

Saturday, June 16

(all times are CENTRAL TIME)

8:00 am Spectator Gates Open: All Saturday ticket holders have access to infield activities (Infield activities include Family Fun Zone and zip-line, Midway rides, IZOD IndyCar Fan Village, Snake Pit, spectator viewing decks and concert stage)

9:00 — 11:00 IndyCar Experience (two-seater) and VIP Pace Car rides

9:15 — 10:15 IZOD IndyCar Series Drivers Autograph Session, Group Two

11:00 Pre-race ceremonies begin (including University of Wisconsin Marching Band)

12:00 National telecast begins, ABC-TV

12:00 Driver Introductions begin

12:20 National Anthem

12:25 Command: “Drivers, start your engines.”

12:30 Green Flag! IZOD IndyCar Series Milwaukee IndyFest 225 (225 laps/225 miles)

3:00 Victory Circle: Winner’s Celebration

3:30 Smash Mouth in concert, Main stage, inside turn one

(Concert is free to all Saturday ticket holders)

6:00 Spectator Gates Closed.

“Tag Along” with Alex Tagliani’s Official Bus Tour from Indianapolis to the Milwaukee IndyFest

IZOD IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 98 Barracuda Networks Honda for Bryan Herta Autosport, is now offering a race day bus tour from Indianapolis to the Milwaukee IndyFest. The package is $97.50 per person, and includes transportation to and from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Milwaukee Mile on Saturday, June 16. The bus will depart from IMS at 6:00 a.m., and all recipients will receive a 200-level reserved ticket, paddock pass and an Alex Tagliani souvenir hat. (Complimentary beverages will be served on the return trip — ID required). The bus will return to Indy following the free Smash Mouth concert following the IndyFest 225 race.

Fans can purchase the “Tag Along” IndyFest package at Detour, an American grille in Carmel, Ind. ( or Ed Martin Acura ( in Indianapolis.

Milwaukee IndyFest on the Web:

Official Event Site /Tickets:

Twitter: @MKE_IndyFest

(Use hashtag #IndyFest for questions and comments.)

Facebook: Milwaukee IndyFest Fan Page


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