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

The Minnesota Social Distancing Regulations have affected many BIR Races and Events for 2020. Please call BIR or check their race website before traveling for an event. 

BIR Races & Events 2020

Wednesday Night Street Drags
April 29, May 20, June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, Aug 26, Sept 9

The Wednesday Night Drags - Street Legal Style program is a chance for anyone with a street-legal car, truck or motorcycle to race on Brainerd International Raceway's world-class drag strip or try their hand at either drifting or autocross. Experienced drivers will be on hand to answer questions for those who are trying it for the first time. Drag racers 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 2020 schedule. $25 for drivers and $5 for spectators.

Bracket Drag Racing Series
May 1-3

Brainerd International Raceway's Bracket Drag Racing Series kicks off the season on the drag strip for the first of six weekends. The series features 250-plus drivers competing in 11 classes in dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters. Friday is a Test & Tune day and then the battles begin Saturday with time trials and eliminations both Saturday and Sunday. Winners are crowned both days! At BIR, the pits are always open. On-site camping is available, including full-service RV sites. Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are FREE! Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

BIR Performance Driving School
May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug 31, Sept 21, Sept 28, Oct 5

Shift from racing fan to a real racecar driver 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 Spec Racers to put your new knowledge to the test. Different packages are available. www.BIRPerformance.com

CRA Superbike Racing
May 8-10

The Central Roadracing Association brings its crazy brand of Superbike racing to Brainerd International Raceway’s historic 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course. Superbike racers challenge the track’s 10 turns, taking the corners on two wheels and a knee. It’s a thrill a minute and great racing action. On-site camping is available, including 164 full-service RV sites. Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are FREE! Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

Bracket Drag Racing Series
May 15-17

Brainerd International Raceway's Bracket Drag Racing Series is on the drag strip for the second of six weekends. The series features 250-plus drivers competing in 11 classes in dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters. Friday is a Test & Tune day and then the battles begin Saturday with time trials and eliminations both Saturday and Sunday. Winners are crowned both days! At BIR, the pits are always open. On-site camping is available, including full-service RV sites. Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are FREE! Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

12th Annual Street Car Showdown
May 22-24

Brainerd International Raceway's 2020 Muscle Car Series kicks off Memorial Day weekend during the 12th Annual Street Car Showdown, a display of serious speed and horsepower on the quarter-mile drag strip. The Showdown is the first race in the three-race series, which features cars that can run 6-7 seconds at over 200 mph. They have the kind of horsepower that yanks their front end off the ground at the starting line. The event also includes the SCCA Harvey West Classic on the road course. The SCCA brings great wheel-to-wheel racing action to the road course on Saturday and Sunday. Two exciting events for the price of a single ticket! Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are FREE! On-site camping. Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

Wet & Wild Weekend
June 5-7

Brainerd International Raceway’s Wet & Wild Weekend is jammed full of wild motorsports. It brings together drag racing, the North Star BMW Car Club, autocross and watercross, where snowmobiles race on open water! The International Watercross Association is on Lake BIR for drag racing and oval racing while the BMW Car Club is on the road course for a club event. And the drag strip hosts the third weekend of the Bracket Drag Racing Series, where 250+ dragsters, cars, trucks and bikes will be battling during eliminations on Saturday and Sunday. A new addition to the weekend is the Minnesota Autosports Club, which will feature autocross. There’s something for everyone! Three great racing events for one ticket! Daily admission is $20. Kids 12 and under are FREE! On-site camping is available. Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

MAP Proving Grounds
June 12-14

Import cars and sport compacts take over Brainerd International Raceway for a wild weekend of drag racing, drifting, autocross, open lapping, car shows, burnout contests and much more. The Modern Automotive Performance Proving Grounds has quickly become one of the biggest events at BIR, so don't miss it! On-site camping is available. Daily admission is $40. Kids 12 and under are FREE! Every ticket includes a pit pass. Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

Bracket Drag Racing Series & CRA Superbike Racing
June 19-21

Brainerd International Raceway's Bracket Drag Racing Series is on the drag strip for the fourth of six weekends of racing this season. Drag racing will share the motorplex with the Central Roadracing Association, which brings its high-flying brand of Superbike racing to the road course. The CRA has practice, qualifying and racing each day. The Bracket Drag Racing features 250-plus drivers competing in 11 classes in dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters. Friday is a Test & Tune day, followed by eliminations both Saturday and Sunday, with winners crowned each day. Great family fun, and the pits are always open. One ticket gets you into both events! Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are FREE! On-site camping is available. Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

34th Annual PleasureLand RV Show & Go
July 3-5

The 34th Annual PleasureLand RV Show & Go is a great Fourth of July tradition, offering race fans a chance to see ridiculous head-to-head drag racing action, thrilling road racing, fireworks, a classic car show, live music and more. On the drag strip, the second race in the three-race Muscle Car Series features more than 300 cars, some of which can run over 200 mph! Two great racing events for the price of a single ticket! The pits are always open. Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are FREE! On-site camping and RV sites available. Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

Trans Am Series
July 11-12

After a three-year absence, the Trans Am Series returns to Brainerd International Raceway for two great days of racing on the road course. With professional-level racers, the series will have practice and qualifying sessions on Saturday, followed by great racing action on Sunday. The Sports Car Club of America will be on the road course all weekend as well. A bonus event on Saturday is the First Responders Appreciation Day, where emergency vehicles will be on display on the infield and First Responders will be on hand. The pits are always open. Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are FREE! On-site camping and RV sites available. Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

Bracket Drag Racing Series & CRA Superbike Racing
July 17-19

Brainerd International Raceway's Bracket Drag Racing Series is on the drag strip for the fifth of six weekends of racing this season. Drag racing will share the motorplex with the Central Roadracing Association, which brings its high-flying brand of Superbike racing to the road course. The CRA has practice, qualifying and racing each day. Bracket Drag Racing features 250-plus drivers competing in 11 classes in dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters. Friday is a Test & Tune day, followed by eliminations both Saturday and Sunday, with winners crowned each day. Great family fun, and the pits are always open. One ticket gets you into both events! Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are FREE! On-site camping is available. Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

Wednesday Night Drifting
July 29

Brainerd International Raceway is opening its paved pro pads for drifting only. It’s as much fun to watch as it is to participate. Watch as novice and experienced drivers navigate the course in controlled skids. Drivers can give it a try, as experienced drifters will be on hand to answer questions and help you get started. time. Gates open at 4 p.m. Drifting starts at 5 p.m. and ends at dusk. $25 for drivers and $5 for spectators.

Powercruise
July 31-August 2

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. On-site camping is available. Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

Thunder at the Lakes – NHRA Divisional Race
August 7-9

Brainerd International Raceway hosts some of the top Sportsman drag racers in the country this weekend during Thunder at the Lakes, an NHRA Division 5 drag race. It features many racers who compete next weekend during the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Fans will see drivers battle in Top Dragster, Comp, Top Sportsman and nine other classes. Every ticket includes a pit pass. On-site camping is available. Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are FREE! Check out the MegaWeek tickets for both Thunder at the Lakes and Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals! Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

39th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
August 13-16

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 a 11,000-horsepower dragster flying down the drag strip at over 330 mph. Behind the wheel are the biggest names in drag racing: John Force, Antron Brown, Ron Capps and 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. On-site camping is available in family areas or in the infamous Zoo campground. Get your tickets today for the hottest motorsports event in the Upper Midwest. Kids 12 and under get in FREE! Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

MAP Proving Grounds
August 28-30

Import cars and sport compacts take over Brainerd International Raceway for a wild weekend of drag racing, drifting, autocross, open lapping, car shows, burnout contests and much more. The Modern Automotive Performance Proving Grounds has quickly become one of the biggest events at BIR, so don't miss it! On-site camping available. Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are FREE! Every ticket includes a pit pass. Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

32nd Annual GSTA Muscle Car Shootout
September 4-6

The 32nd Annual GSTA Muscle Car Shootout is a great way to cap off your summer, with wild drag racing, insane Superbike racing, live music, a classic car show and more. Sponsored by the Gopher State Timing Association, the Shootout features the third and final drag race in the Muscle Car Series, with drag cars that can run 6-7 seconds at over 230 mph. This race will determine series champions, so the intensity level will be sky high. BIR’s road course will be busy with the Central Roadracing Association’s amazing brand of Superbike racing, where riders will take on the tight 13-turn track. Practice sessions are Friday, followed by qualifying and racing both Saturday and Sunday. On-site camping available. One ticket gets you these great events and every ticket includes a pit pass. Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are FREE! Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

Wet & Wild Weekend
September 19-20

Brainerd International Raceway’s second Wet & Wild Weekend of the season will feature the Nord Stern Porsche Club of America on the road course and the International Watercross Association on Lake BIR, where snowmobiles will race on open water in drag racing and oval racing. They start and end on land, while defying gravity as they skip across the water. Over on the road course, those who love Porsche cars will be wild for the Porsche club’s event. On-site camping is available, including full-service RV sites. Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are FREE! Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

Bracket Drag Racing Series & 24 Hours of Lemons
September 25-27

Brainerd International Raceway's Bracket Drag Racing Series is on the drag strip for the final race in the six-weekend series. More than 250 drivers will be racing in dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters, with series championships on the line! The road course will be busy with 24 Hours of Lemons, which is endurance racing for $500 junkers. Great family fun, and the pits are always open. On-site camping is available, including full-service RV sites. Daily admission is $25 – Sunday is only $10. Kids 12 and under are FREE! Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.

CRA Superbike Racing
October 2-4

The Central Roadracing Association brings its crazy brand of Superbike racing to Brainerd International Raceway’s road course. Superbike racers challenge the track on two wheels and a knee. It’s a thrill a minute and great racing action. On-site camping is available, including 164 full-service RV sites. Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are FREE! Tickets are available online at www.BrainerdRaceway.com, by phone at 866-444-4455, or at the gate.