Heh heh... ahhhh... just cuz I've crashed there 3 times doesn't mean it's not a good track for newbies :-P
But actually maybe I'm just recommending it because I did my first day there. What other Midwest tracks are there...
OK, from a newbie perspective:
Putnam - Open and flowing track, only 10 turns to learn, 1 decreasing radius section but it's so long it's practically 2 turns, and a tight bus stop. Not too intimidating I'd say, just don't screw up Turn 4
Blackhawk - Just not safe, armco and trees everywhere you look.
Road America - Probably a good choice as well if you can get a date there. Not technical at all, and real fast and safe. Just remember to brake early at first because at 160mph, those turns sneak up on ya real fast.
Autobahn North - I'd say no for beginners to this course, it's a bit too technical. Turn 2 and 6 will catch out a lot of people and make em crash
Autobahn South - Good track to learn on too, nothing particularly tricky, just 2 chicanes to break up your flow. Also has a decreasing radius section, but like Putnam, it's also actually 2 turns. Big downside though is the bumpiness, don't let it scare you though because at B group speeds it won't come close to making you crash.
Grattan - Scared the crap outta me and I had some track time under my belt even. Then again I did crash pretty hard the week right before and blow my confidence away. Awesome when you do it right though, but elevation changes and decreasing radius, off camber turns will mess you up
That's all I've done so far. My top 2 newbie picks would be Putnam and Autobahn South. After that, Road America, Autobahn North, Blackhawk and Grattan.
OR... you could do what Michigan racers do and ride all your days at Grattan and then kill everyone at every other track you go to