The Indy Racing League plans to unveil its 2011 schedule Friday during an 11 a.m. press conference at the Milwaukee Mile, a sign that the track -- dormant this year -- could again host major racing.
The 2011 Indianapolis 500 will be held on Sunday, May 29. The following weekend, Milwaukee's traditional date on the open-wheel schedule, is currently open with the series resuming the following weekend in Texas.
Open-wheel racing debuted at the Mile in 1933 and the traditional "weekend after Indy" date began in 1947 and did so for all but five years until 1994.
Earlier this year, IRL president Randy Bernard expressed a desire to return to the Mile, which is without major racing this year after efforts to reach agreement with a new promoter failed.
"I want that event bad," Bernard told the Associated Press earlier this year. "I think that we have a tremendous fan base that feels like we left them behind, and I think that this is a step forward to make sure tradition stays a part of IndyCar."
The circuit is not expected to return to tracks in Watkins Glen, N.Y., Homestead, Fla. and Kansas City. All three of those tracks are owned by International Speedway Corporation, which also owns the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
There is a possibility that a Milwaukee race could take Chicago's place on the schedule.
Calls seeking comment from Wisconsin State Fair Park and Indy Racing League officials were not immediately returned.