Watercross puts the ‘wet’ in Wet & Wild Weekend

There’s something very odd about snowmobiles skipping across open water, and not just in a desperate attempt to get to the other side of the lake. These snowmobiles are racing side by side while doing laps around the lake.

It’s called watercross and it’s returning to Brainerd International Raceway for the Wet & Wild Weekend, starting Friday.

The International Watercross Association (IWA) will be defying gravity Saturday and Sunday on Lake BIR in drag racing and oval racing, starting on shore and (with a lot of skill and luck) ending on shore. When they sink, a custom pontoon pulls them out and returns them to shore, where the sled is usually returned to duty for the next heat.

The “wild” part of the weekend involves drag racing and the North Star BMW Car Club. The Bracket Drag Racing Series will be on the drag strip for the third of seven weekends this season. More than 250 dragsters, cars, bikes, sleds and Junior Dragsters will be battling for series points and prize money. Friday is a Test & Tune Day. Saturday and Sunday include time trials in the morning followed by elimination rounds with winners of the 10 racing classes crowned both days.

If you like Beemers, BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course is where you want to be. BMW club members will be testing their driving skills against the challenging 13-turn track for three days during the club’s Sommer Schnell, which is open to anyone who wants to take part in the club’s High Performance Driving Education course and then drive with an instructor on the course.

Saturday’s schedule includes live music by Kevin’s Cousin in the Wheelie Bar & Grille, starting at 9 p.m.

Sunday’s admission is only $10, and kids 12 and under are free all weekend. Daily admission Friday and Saturday is $25. Parking is free and camping is free with a multi-day ticket.