Historic Milwaukee Mile puts driver skill at forefront (VIDEO)

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“We always go to Milwaukee after Indy.” — Paul Newman, “Winning”

That’s not the case anymore, of course. Nowadays, Detroit’s Belle Isle street circuit has the honor of holding the first race after the Indianapolis 500. But the fact remains that the Milwaukee Mile, the oldest operating speedway on the world, is a track that’s rich in history and a track that still delivers a proper test for the drivers.

The challenge lies in getting around the flat, sweeping corners (9.25 degrees of banking) properly in order to gain a strong run down the straights for potential passing opportunities. Navigating these arcing turns while dealing with a relatively narrow groove will make for a strenuous two hours or so in the car. Good handling and acceleration out of them will be important to have.

As you’ve probably gathered, this isn’t a place where you just push your right foot down to the floor and the job is done. At Milwaukee, you have to go to the edge and stay there. But you can’t go over it.

Take a virtual lap around this famous oval above and then check out the real deal this Saturday at 4 pm ET on NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports Live Extra (online/mobile devices).

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)