On Father’s Day, the Milwaukee Mile hosted its first professional race after a five-year hiatus. The Mile continues to be the oldest-operating motor speedway in the world.
Opened in 1903, the speedway invited daredevils to five-lap speed contests; a Chicagoan named William Jones seized the track record by averaging 50 mph per lap. The middle of the oval hosted the Green Bay Packers from 1934 to 1951, and the track was finally paved in 1954. Today, the Mile hosts midget, Indy and stock car races.
“Everybody goes to Milwaukee after Indy,” remarked Paul Newman’s character in “Winning.”