Intense Superbike racing combined with amazing snowmobile racing on open water are on tap this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway.
It’s the second weekend for this duo, as the Central Roadracing Association (CRA) brings its insane brand of Superbike racing to BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course while the International Watercross Association (IWA) is racing snowmobiles on open water on Lake BIR.
The IWA made BIR a stop on their circuit last year and instantly became very popular with race fans, mostly because of how unique the sport is. Racers are literally skipping across the water on snowmobiles that have very few modifications made to them. They drag race across Lake BIR from one shoreline to the other, and they oval race around three markers in the water. Three or four snowmobiles at a time take off from shore – several yards from the water line – with enough speed and momentum to carry them around the markers four or five times before returning to shore.
Do they sink to the bottom? Absolutely. Racers occasionally lose momentum and their sled sinks to the bottom. After the heat is done, a special pontoon maneuvers over the sled, lifts it up and transports it back to shore. With little effort, the racer dries out the sled and it’s typically ready for his or her next heat.
Racing begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The CRA will be at the track for the fifth and final weekend of the season. Practice sessions are scheduled for Friday and Saturday morning followed by six-lap races Saturday afternoon. A practice session Sunday morning is followed by CRA’s grand finale – a five-hour endurance race that starts at noon. Practice starts at 9 a.m. daily.
“IWA racing is really fun for the fans to watch,” BIR Owner Jed Copham said. “Fans have a great time sitting on the shoreline watching these guys race on open water. But CRA puts on some great racing as well, including the five-hour endurance race on Sunday. That will be a great event to end the season on.”
Tickets are available at the gate. Daily admission is $15; kids 12 and under are free. On-site camping is free with the purchase of a multi-day ticket.
CRA Photo courtesy of SDE Photography.