We appreciate your continued patience as we all try to navigate these unsettled times, but the news is not good for the near future. We’re cancelling the Street Car Showdown on Memorial Day weekend to comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes the Muscle Car Series on the drag strip and the SCCA’s Harvey West Memorial Day Classic. We are also canceling the NAPA Street Legals on Wednesday, May 20. We apologize for any inconvenience but, as you all know, this is a public health matter and our hands are tied. This weekend’s Bracket Drag Racing Series event is cancelled as well.
If you bought tickets in advance for the Street Car Showdown or the Bracket race, we will be offering a full credit that can be used for any future events or you may contact the front office for a refund. That goes for all other events that are cancelled because of COVID-19 as well.
As of right now, we still plan to offer the remainder of the schedule, but that continues to change and we ask that you watch for updates on our website, our social media channels and the app. Our first race of the year – as of now – will be the Wet & Wild Weekend on June 5-7.
One major change to the schedule involves the NHRA Division 5 race – Thunder at the Lakes. It was initially scheduled for Aug. 7-9 but has been moved back to Aug. 13-14. We combined it with the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals but that means there will be no MegaWeek tickets this year. Those tickets will be replaced with Superweek tickets, and the price difference will be refunded for those who already purchased them.
We continue to work with Crow Wing County to get our racers on the track. That’s our main focus and we’re fighting on a daily basis to make that happen. We’re constantly looking for ways to change our procedures and racing program to meet the Governor’s requirements for limiting personal contact and maintaining a safe environment. We appreciate all they’ve done for us and for helping us work through this.
This COVID virus is a nasty thing, and we’re taking it very seriously here at BIR. The last thing we want is for racers and their families to contract it while at BIR and infect people back in their communities. So, we ask for your help to make sure that doesn’t happen, and that starts with everyone being patient with us while we work with Crow Wing County and try to salvage as much of the season as possible.
Stay safe everyone, and we’ll try to update you as often as possible.