IndyCar racer Graham Rahal is offering race fans two exclusive tour bus packages from Indianapolis to the Milwaukee IndyFest, June 15 and 16 at the Milwaukee Mile, in conjunction with Andretti Sports Marketing, promoter of the IZOD IndyCar Series race at the track.
Each package includes transportation from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to the Milwaukee IndyFest, a reserved seat for Saturday's 225-lap IndyCar race, a paddock pass to access the garage area and more. The packages can be purchased from the Milwaukee IndyFest website at www.MilwaukeeIndyFest.com or the Wisconsin State Fair Park box office at 414-266-7100.
"I'm thrilled that we were able to make this bus trip happen with the Andretti promotions folks," said Rahal, who currently sits eighth in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings. "I hope the fans embrace this great opportunity for a unique experience both on the buses and at the track. I absolutely love racing at Milwaukee, it is one of Americas greatest racetracks, and the fans will not be disappointed one bit."
Meanwhile, the track is posting a new video each week featuring the stars of the IZOD IndyCar Series as they explain why they enjoy racing at the Milwaukee Mile and why they are looking forward to the Milwaukee IndyFest. You can watch the videos, event information and purchase tickets at www.MilwaukeeIndyFest.com.
"Milwaukee is a driver's track because you don't have support from banking (in the turns) like we do at a lot of the other ovals," notes Marco Andretti. "It is a tougher track to get things right and puts the emphasis on everyone (on the team). If we get the setup right, it is a really rewarding place. It is almost like a video game - if you get it right, you're driving around people. If you get it wrong, it's not fun (laughs). Milwaukee is the track where I got my first pole, so it feels good when you get things right."
The available "Rahal IndyFest Express" packages are as follows:
Race Day, Saturday, June 16: $89 per person
The Rahal IndyFest Express departs from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, and returns after the IndyCar race and post-race concert by Smash Mouth. The package includes a reserved grandstand ticket (level 200), a paddock pass, access to all of the infield festival activities including post-race concert, and more.
Weekend Package, Friday and Saturday, June 15-16: $149 per person
The two-day Rahal IndyFest Express will travel to Milwaukee Friday morning, June 15 at 8 a.m. from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, arriving at the Milwaukee IndyFest for practice and qualifying sessions for the IZOD IndyCar Series as well as the Firestone Indy Lights race. The tour will return to Indianapolis Saturday, June 16, following the IndyCar race and concert by Smash Mouth.
A hotel room is not provided in the weekend package price, but rooms are available at the Milwaukee Hilton at a rate of $145 per night for participants (one king or two double beds. Hotel booking code provided with confirmation.).
The weekend package includes transportation to and from Indianapolis, transport to and from the Milwaukee Hilton, a reserved seat (level 300) for Saturday's 225-lap IndyCar race, two-day paddock pass, Friday general admission ticket with access to all infield festivities, and more.
Marcus Club – the Ultimate Experience
Race fans are now able to acquire the ultimate VIP upgrade experience at IndyFest with a Marcus Club pass. Located in the heart of the hospitality area in the IndyCar paddock, the Marcus Club members can relax under the canopy or sit on the patio, with easy access to all of the action in the garage area and the infield festivities.
A Marcus Club pass allows fans to enjoy a meet-and-greets with racing legend Michael Andretti and other IndyCar drivers, and also includes a gourmet lunch buffet, bar service*, complimentary soft drinks and snacks, souvenir event programs, and Marcus Club-only rest rooms.
The Marcus Club was developed in conjunction with Marcus Hotel & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation, a "Champion of the Community Partner" and the official hotel and catering partner of the Milwaukee IndyFest.
To add a Marcus Club pass to your ticket (general admission or reserved ticket needed for entry into the event), prices begin at $150 for adults and $100 for kids (12 and under).
Marcus Hotels & Resorts are also offering a series of room packages for the Milwaukee IndyFest event. Fans can check out all of the hotel packages at mkepackages.com.
(*= patrons 21 years of age or older with photo identification will receive drink coupons good for beer and wine.)
Marcus Club pricing details:
Adults: Friday-only: $150 Saturday-only: $175 Two-day pass: $300
Children (12 and under): Friday-only: $100 Saturday-only: $125 Two-day pass: $200