"The Friday Setup" will be a preview of the upcoming races and the schedule of the weekend events (practice and qualifications) leading up to race day. Also it will include other forms of rambling about the upcoming race (and the overall state of IndyCar) by yours truly, because I got to somehow bring up the word-count so SBNation will allow the posting of this article/schedule so you can see it. Or something like that.
Ah, the Milwaukee Mile. Being the oldest speedway in the world, there's a lot of history at The Mile. However there's one piece of history I'm more interested in.
One year ago, THIS was broadcasted across the country. Which resulted in the greatest nickname in the history of EVER. ALL TIME. IN THE WORLD.
It also resulted in an article posted by me that was retweeted by HVM Racing's twitter stream and had the most views/Facebook likes by any story that month. It was the one real time I redeemed myself as a blogger and I haven't done anything like that since. Hey, be patient. I'll conjure up something worthwhile again. Probably.
What can't afford any patience is the future of The Mile itself. If not enough people show up this year it could mean the end of the oldest speedway. With the great oval racing we've seen thus far there are no excuses for northern mid-westerners to NOT show up. Do you want IndyCar to become another ChampCar-esque road-course only series? The IRL might have "won" in the CART/IRL split, but the victory was only pyrrhic and the races having the most problems with attendance are the ovals (The last ChampCar race at The Mile was '06; it became an IRL event afterwards). If you like oval racing and live near the track, GO. Besides, it's an ABC-televised race; I'm sure you're more interested in listening to turbo V6s live in person rather than Scott Goodyear.
(Race weekend schedule AND Pre-Race Snack of the Week after the jump)
TV Schedule (ABC/ESPN)
Race, Saturday 1pm Eastern (yes, SATURDAY)
Race Weekend Schedule of Events
ALL TIMES LOCAL (Central)
Friday, June 15, 2012
9:00 – 9:45 AM Firestone Indy Lights practice
10:00 – 10:30 AM IZOD IndyCar Practice: Group A
10:30 – 11:00 AM IZOD IndyCar Practice: Group B (All cars)
11:45 AM – 12:20 PM Firestone Indy Lights Qualifying
12:20 – 1:00 PM Firestone Indy Lights Practice
1:15 – 2:15 PM IZOD IndyCar Series Practice
4:00 – 5:15 PM IZOD IndyCar Series Qualifying
5:20 PM Firestone Indy Lights Pre-Race Ceremonies
5:40 PM Green Flag: Firestone Indy Lights Race (100 laps, 100 miles)
Saturday, June 16, 2012
12:00 PM Driver Introductions Begin
12:20 PM National Anthem
12:25 PM Command: "Drivers, start your engines."
12:30 PM Green Flag: Milwaukee IndyFest 225 (225 laps, 225 miles)
Pre-Race Snack of the Week: Chocolate Chunk cookies from Wal-Mart
Store bought cookies, you say? Hear me out. I'm quite sure Wal-Mart laces the chunks with a highly addictive substance, perhaps either cocaine, Oxycontin or Simona de Silvestro's sweat (because it sure as hell can't be from Chip Ganassi's sweaty ass).
...but I bet despite the long-time Target sponsorship Chip Ganassi smuggles these things in BULK.
Once you try these you will, too.