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).