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  Brainerd International Raceway to host IIRA Ice Car Racing


(Jan. 7, 2008) – The International Ice Racing Association brings its unique brand of ice car racing to Brainerd International Raceway for the first time ever Jan. 12-13.

The IIRA ice car races are where drivers compete on a track that’s plowed on a lake. In this case, the one-mile track will be on a 40-acre lake inside the grounds of BIR and will feature both left- and right-hand turns, tight corners and a straightaway.

BIR’s race will include six classes for modified and stock cars, allowing for a wide variety of vehicles, some of which can use studded tires while others must use special rubber tires. There will be half-hour sprints as well as endurance races that can take more than two hours to complete.

“Ice car racing has been very popular with spectators for over 25 years,” said Scott Quick, BIR’s vice president of operations. “It’s a lot of fun to watch because of all the turns and, of course, the icey condition of the track.”

At BIR, about 75 drivers are expected to race. They are competing for valuable series points and a shot at a class championship. They come from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Canada. They drive everything from Volkswagens to Saabs to Honda CRXs to Dodge Omnis and everything in between. 

The race at BIR will be the first on the IIRA’s two-month, eight-race schedule. The IIRA originally had a race scheduled last weekend at Garrison, Minn., on Mille Lacs Lake, but poor ice conditions led race organizers to postpone it.

“We’re very excited about this race,” Quick said. “This is another example of BIR’s commitment to offering a wide range of motorsports to our visitors throughout the entire year.”
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