Racing: Wet & Wild Weekend offers trifecta of racing at BIR
Combine Superbike racing, drag racing and watercross and you get a Wet & Wild Weekend at Brainerd International Raceway.
The International Watercross Association will be on Lake BIR Saturday-Sunday, June 16-17, with its high-flying brand of watercross, which features snowmobiles racing across open water in drag racing and oval racing. Starting on shore several feet from the water's edge, snowmobiles race across the lake to the opposite shore in the drag racing classes.
And then large markers are anchored in the middle of the lake for oval racing. Again, racers start from shore, make four or five laps around the markers and then head back to shore.
If they sink, a special pontoon hoists them out of the water and hauls them back to shore, where they're dried out and tuned up for the next heat.
"Watercross has really become popular because it's such a unique sport, " BIR owner Jed Copham said in a news release. "It's a lot of fun to watch the skill level of the riders, and fans love it because they can sit in the grass next to the lake and watch some crazy racing."
BIR's 2.5-mile Competition Road Course will host the Central Roadracing Association's Superbike racing. Practice and qualifying starts Friday, June 15, followed by racing sessions Saturday and Sunday. The weekend includes two 10-lap Michelin Cup races—new this year for the CRA—as well as six-lap sprints.
Next door on the drag strip, drivers in the Bracket Drag Racing Series will battle in the fourth of eight weekends this season. Friday is a test and tune day, followed by time trials and eliminations Saturday and Sunday. Drivers are gunning for prize money and series points that are valuable as the season progresses.
"It's no wonder that the Wet & Wild Weekend continues to grow because there's so much going on," Copham said. "You can watch three entirely different forms of racing for the price of a single ticket and keep yourself and your family busy all day."
Tickets Sunday are only $10. Otherwise, they're $25. Kids 12 and under are free, and parking is free. Camping is also free with the purchase of a multi-day ticket.