Imports and sport compacts take over Brainerd International Raceway this weekend for the second of two Modern Automotive Performance (MAP) Proving Grounds events.
The three-day turbo-charged event features some of the most diverse motorsports of the year at BIR, which has quickly made it one of the most popular weekends on the track’s schedule each year. Where else can you see drifting, autocross, drag racing, open lapping and burnout contests, all on the same track and on the same weekend?
One reason the Proving Grounds has grown so fast is that it’s open to everyone, as long the car or truck meets certain performance and safety requirements. There are different classes for novice drivers as well as for advanced drivers and everything in between.
Over the year, the fan favorite has been the drifting competition, where drivers are timed as they navigate through a course mostly in controlled (or uncontrolled, in many cases) skids. Most of the competition involves a single car on the course at a time, but there’s also a Tandem Drifting Competition for advanced drivers, where there’s multiple cars on the course.
Autocross is similar in that drivers are timed as they maneuver through a course, but they’re slower and more controlled without the skidding. Open lapping – called Time Attack – is on the road course, where cars aren’t racing against each other but race against the clock while gunning for the quickest lap time.
Drag racing is also very popular as fans get to watch some very quick cars in several classes. It’s not unusual to see some 8- and 9-second cars on the quarter mile. Import bikes have their own class as well.
For drivers who want to compete in multiple events, they can register for the Triple Track Showdown, where they can accumulate points by competing in drag racing, autocross and the Time Attack open lapping.
Click here to watch a preview video of the MAP Proving Grounds.
The Proving Grounds begins at noon on Friday and continues through Sunday. Tickets are $25 and are available at the front gate. Kids 12 and younger are free.
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