Imports, sport compacts and bikes will take over Brainerd International Raceway this weekend during the annual turbo-charged Modern Automotive Performance (MAP) Proving Grounds.
The Proving Grounds will again showcase cars, trucks and bikes from all corners of the Midwest and Canada. Front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive cars, including the turbo-charged variety, will compete in drag racing, drifting, autocross, burnout contests, open lapping and more. It’s all coming to BIR Friday through Sunday.
On the drag strip, cars and import bikes will compete in seven different classes, including Outlaw, Outlaw Natural, Real Street Natural and Real Street Unlimited. Speeds are expected to dip into the 8-second range on the quarter mile. Testing will be Friday, followed by time trials and qualifying Saturday and then qualifying and eliminations on Sunday.
Drag racing is a big part of the program but the drifting competition is typically the fan favorite each year. Driving through a course marked by orange cones, drivers are timed as they fly through the course mostly in controlled (or uncontrolled, in some cases) skids. That usually creates a lot of smoke, burnt rubber and screeching. Drifting starts Friday evening and then continues all day Saturday and finishes Sunday afternoon.
Autocross, which will be Friday and Saturday evenings, involves cars maneuvering through a course while they’re timed. Unlike drifting, autocross is about car control and driving skills.
BIR’s 2.5-mile, 13-turn Competition Road Course will be busy Saturday and Sunday with open lapping and a Time Attack for the fastest lap. A burnout contest is at 7 p.m. Saturday, and the event concludes with an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday.
“The MAP Proving Grounds continues to really grow and is quickly becoming one of our more popular events,” BIR Owner Jed Copham said. “The drifting competition, for example, draws a great crowd and is a lot of fun to watch. This is a great event for the whole family.”
A second MAP Proving Grounds has been scheduled for Sept. 6-8 this season and will be formatted similar to this weekend’s event.
Daily admission is $15 with kids 12 and under free. On-site camping is free with a multi-day ticket.