BIR’s Memorial Day racing is a Street Car Showdown
Brainerd International Raceway hosts the first major race of the 2018 season Memorial Day weekend. The 10th Annual Street Car Showdown is a double-header with the kick-off for the three-race Muscle Car Series on the drag strip and the return of the SCCA Harvey West Memorial Day Classic on the 2.5-mile Competition Road Course. The dates are May 25-27.
On the drag strip, the Muscle Car Series features an impressive display of power and speed, featuring the seven Heads-Up classes. Fans get a steady dose of 200+ mph speeds and times at 6-7 seconds. It’s intense drag racing that brings race fans back year after year.
Drivers in the Muscle Car Series are competing for series points, prize money and, ultimately, a series championship. The race features the cars in Outlaw Pro Mod, Outlaw, King Street, Real Street, True Street and 660 Outlaw Street classes, which make up the Heads-Up classes where both cars launch at the same time with the winner being the first car to cross the finish line. The race also highlights 10 Index classes, the winners of which have a separate run-off to crown the Index Class Champion. Three Strip Eliminator classes, Truck Eliminator, and Manual Transmission class round out the race schedule. It’s a full weekend of racing, with qualifying that runs Friday and Saturday, and eliminations on Sunday.
On the 2.5-mile Competition Road Course, the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) brings regional racers to BIR for the annual Harvey West Memorial Day Classic. You’ll see a variety of race cars piloted by some of the top amateur road racers in the Midwest. The road racing program is Saturday and Sunday and includes practice, qualifying and racing each day.
Prior to the Harvey West Memorial Day Classic, BIR is hosting the SCCA Competition Racing License School, which is how racers can get licensed to compete in SCCA races. The school runs May 23-25 at BIR and includes both classroom instruction and on-track sessions.
Bottom photo courtesy of Comicozzie Autosport Photography