Brainerd International Raceway: Races & Events

BIR has built a reputation as a world-class raceway. Located right in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area, Brainerd International Raceway offers great entertainment for all ages. Road racing, drag racing, and motorcycle racing events are just the beginning. Races and race events at BIR often include live entertainment from great bands. Many of the events also feature other activities such as car shows and fireworks

Ticket Sales & Questions: BIR Ticket Office Local: 218-824-7223 - Toll Free: 866-444-4455

BIR Races & Events 2019

*Schedule Subject to Change

Ticket Sales & Questions: BIR Ticket Office Local: 218-824-7223

Bracket Drag Racing Series
May 3-5, May 17-19, May 31-June 2, June 21-23, July 19-21, Sept 6-8, Sept 27-29

Bracket Drag Racing features some of the most exciting amateur drag racing in the Upper Midwest. During the 12-race series, 250+ drivers compete in 10 classes in dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters. They battle during eliminations both Saturday and Sunday with winners crowned each day.

Central Roadracing Association (CRA) Superbike Racing
May 17-19, June 14-16, July 19-21, Aug 30-Sept. 1, Sept 21-23

The Central Roadracing Association brings its insane brand of Superbike racing to BIR's 2.5-mile Competition Road Course. Superbike racers challenge the tight 13 turns on BIR's road course, taking the corners on two wheels and a knee. It’s a thrill a minute and great racing action.

IWA Watercross
May 31-June 2, Sept 20-22

Fans are treated to wet and wild racing on Lake BIR, courtesy of International Watercross Association. Watch as snowmobile racers compete in drag racing and oval racing on open water!

Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals - 36th Annual Event
Aug 15-18

The Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals features the world's fastest cars, the most skilled drivers and a legion of crazy race fans who can't get enough of the thunderous power pumped out by an 8,000-horsepower dragster flying down the drag strip at over 300 mph. Behind the wheel are the biggest names in drag racing: John Force, Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher, Ron Capps, Greg Anderson, Jason Line and many more. Every ticket includes a pit pass where you can see crews tear down and rebuild cars between runs, and where you can meet your favorite drivers for autographs. Get your tickets today for the hottest motorsports event in the Upper Midwest. Advance tickets on sale through July 16.

MAP Proving Grounds
June 7-8

Import cars and sport compacts invade Brainerd International Raceway. Drag racing, drifting, autocross, open lapping, car shows and much more await fans. The Modern Automotive Performance Proving Grounds will feature front-, all- and rear-wheel-drive, turbo-charged imports and sport compacts.

Muscle Car Shootout
Aug 30-Sept 1

The 31st Annual Muscle Car Shootout Labor Day weekend is an excellent way to cap off your summer, with wild drag racing and an incredible road racing lineup. It's the third and final drag race in the Muscle Car Series, with drag cars that can run 6-7 seconds at over 200 mph. This race will determine series champions, so the intensity level will be red-lining. The 2.5-mile Competition Road Course will be packed full with incredible racing action: the Pirelli World Challenge Championships are Saturday and Sunday, the Trans Am Series races on Sunday and the SCCA Jack Pine Sprints is Saturday and Sunday. Off track, fans will be treated to a classic car show, live music and more. One ticket gets you these great events and every ticket includes a pit pass. Racing is rain or shine on the road course.

Performance Driving School - Open Driving
May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, Aug 26, Sept 9, Sept 23, Oct 7

Shift from racing fan to a real racecar driver in one day during the BIR Performance Driving School. Our instructors will teach you the fundamentals of high-performance driving and then send you out onto BIR’s road course where you can use your own car or one of the school’s 5-speed Spec Racers to put your new knowledge to the test. Different packages available.

Aug 2-4

Powercruise, the premier modified car event in the country, returns to Brainerd International Raceway this year. It's known as the place where you can do everything with your car that you’re not allowed to do anywhere else. Powercruise allows YOU to drive YOUR car on BIR's race track along with other like-minded petrol heads in the cruising sessions, where you can cruise next to the toughest modified street machines, hot rods, imports and drag cars, whether they're turbo charged, supercharged, nitrous injected…all with your family and friends in the car with you! The weekend includes events like powerskids (longest rolling burnouts), off-street drags (old-style street flag drop), drifting, burnouts Aussie-style, Dyno comps, Show & Shine, Miss Powercruise stage shows and heaps more fun stuff.

SCCA Competition License Racing School
May 22-24

Complete this two-day school and you'll receive a full SCCA Regional Level Competition Racing License. This license allows you to enter any SCCA regional or Vintage Racing event. The school combines classroom instruction with on-track driving. Sign up today!

Pleasureland RV Show & Go
July 5-7

The 33rd Annual Show & Go is a great Fourth of July tradition at BIR, offering fans a chance to see ridiculous head-to-head drag racing action as well as wide-open wheel-to-wheel racing on the 2.5-mile Competition Road Course. On the drag strip, the second race in the three-race Muscle Car Series features cars that can run 6-7 seconds at over 200 mph! The road course will be busy all weekend with the Cheerios Racing Great North Legends Cars and regional SCCA road racing. The event includes a classic car show, fireworks and live music Saturday night. Two great racing events for the price of a single ticket! SCCA races rain or shine.

StreetSmart Advanced Defensive Driving Course for Teens
June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30

StreetSmart is a day-long program to provide your teens with the tools and knowledge they need to stay safe on the roadways. Learn how to emergency brake, recover from hydroplaning and skidding, avoid hazards at high speeds, and a lot more. The program is offered through Brainerd International Raceway’s Performance Driving School.

Thunder at the Lakes - NHRA Divisional Race
Aug 9-11

Brainerd International Raceway hosts some of the top Sportsman drag racers in the country this weekend during Thunder at the Lakes NHRA Divisional Race. This is one of BIR's most exciting races of the year and features many racers who compete during the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in August.

Wednesday Night Drags
May 8, May 22, June 5, June 19, July 3, July 17, July 31, August 28

The Wednesday Night Drags - Street Legal Style program is a chance for anyone with a street-legal car, truck or motorcycle to race on BIR's world-class drag strip as many times as you want. You get to use the light tree, the burnout box and the scoreboard. We even have an announcer calling the action. Gates open at 4 p.m. Racing starts at 5 p.m. and ends at dusk. Nine Wednesdays are on the schedule this year.

Ticket Sales & Questions: BIR Ticket Office Local: 218-824-7223