Imports, sport compacts and bikes return to Brainerd International Raceway this weekend for a second turbo-charged round of racing during the Modern Automotive Performance (MAP) Proving Grounds.
This is the first year there are two Proving Grounds weekends on BIR’s schedule because the event is growing, with more than 5,000 drivers and fans at the first event in June.
This weekend’s Proving Grounds will again showcase cars, trucks and bikes from 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 and open lapping.
A new addition this year is the Triple Tuner Showdown for drivers who enter drag racing, autocross and the Time Attack open lapping on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course. They combine their points from each event, with the most points earning the Showdown title.
In June, the top three finishers were (in order) Brandon Ranvek, Ronnie Soliman and Tom Hille.
On the drag strip, cars, trucks 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 qualifying and eliminations on Sunday.
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 skids. That usually creates smoke, burnt rubber and screeching. Drifting starts Friday night and continues Saturday and Sunday.
Autocross, which will be Friday and Saturday nights, involves cars maneuvering through a course while they’re timed. Unlike drifting, autocross is about car control and driving skills.
BIR’s 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. The event concludes with an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday.
“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.”
The Proving Grounds is for novice drivers, expert drivers and everyone in between. Those who want to compete should contact Modern Automotive Performance.
Daily admission is $15 with kids 12 and under free. On-site camping is free with a multi-day ticket.