“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).
2015 GP3 Series champion Esteban Ocon will race in the DTM championship this year with Mercedes in tandem with a reserve role in Formula 1 at Renault.
Ocon joined Mercedes’ junior program in the spring of 2015 before becoming a fully-fledged member at the end of the year just days before his GP3 title success.
The Frenchman was known to be considering a move into either DTM or GP2 for 2016, but will now replace F1-bound Pascal Wehrlein at Mercedes’ factory team for the new DTM campaign.
“It’s an incredible feeling to be part of such a professional and strong racing series,” Ocon said.
“I’m very pleased to be driving for Mercedes-Benz. It’s the best team in the DTM and I’m very grateful for this fantastic opportunity.
“Mercedes is the most successful manufacturer in DTM history. You can only achieve that with real passion and hard work, and those are characteristics that we share. After driving in free practice during the final race weekend of the 2015 season at Hockenheim, I can’t wait to start a DTM race.
“I obviously have a lot to learn, but my goal – and that of everyone in the team – is to fight for wins as soon as possible.”
Fiat-Chrysler CEO and Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne believes that Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo must consider entering Formula 1 with a team in the near future.
Alfa Romeo last raced as a constructor in F1 between 1979 and 1985, but has enjoyed no involvement within the series since 1988 when it supplied engines to the Osella team.
Marchionne believes that a return to F1 would be an effective way for Alfa Romeo to grow as a brand and gain more public awareness.
“In order to restore their name, they must consider returning to Formula 1,” Marchionne told Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Alfa Romeo are capable of making their own chassis, just like they are capable of making their own engine,” he added, before conceding that it could enjoy an engine supply from Ferrari should it wish to enter F1.
Marchionne believes that adding more manufacturers to the F1 grid is key to safeguarding the long-term future of the series.
“In the end this sport must be saved,” Marchionne said.
“The important thing is to make other car manufacturers enter grand prix racing.”