ChumpCars, those loveable $500 junkers, are returning to Brainerd International Raceway this weekend to compete in a pair of seven-hour endurance races.
The ChumpCar World Series will be making its annual visit to BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course while the drag strip will be busy with the fourth weekend of the Bracket Drag Racing Series.
The ChumpCar World Series features teams of four drivers racing a car that can’t be valued at more than $500 before safety equipment is installed. They circle the road course for seven hours, with the team completing the most laps in the shortest amount of time winning the race. There are endurance races both Saturday and Sunday. Some teams will spend as much time wrenching on their cars as they do driving them but that’s what makes the sport unique. Most of the cars are creatively painted to reflect an amusing theme.
While the ChumpCars are circling the road course, drag racers will be battling on the drag strip during the fourth weekend of the six-weekend Bracket Drag Racing Series. More than 250 dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters will be competing for points and a series championship at the end of the season in 10 different classes. The series is formatted a little differently this year, with each class getting time trials on Saturday and Sunday before eliminations begin each day. Each class will have a winner at the end of each day.
“The ChumpCar World Series is always a lot of fun for fans and teams alike,” BIR Owner Jed Copham said. “The racing is competitive but the teams don’t take it too seriously. And the Bracket Drag Racing Series always features great racing. It’s a fun event for the whole family.”
Fans get all this racing for the price of a single ticket. Daily admission is $15; kids 12 and under are free. Every ticket includes a pit pass. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket.