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

Check back for a complete racing schedule.

Harvey West Classic Schedule

Wednesday, May 23
8am . . . SCCA Competition License Racing School

Thursday, May 24
10am . . . . Gates open
8am . . . SCCA Competition License Racing School

Friday, May 25
7am . . . . Gates open
8am . . . . SCCA Competition License Racing School

Saturday, May 26
7am . . . . Gates open
9am . . . . Practice sessions
10am . . . . Qualifying sessions – 5-laps each
Noon-12:50pm . . . Touring for fans on the road course*
12:55pm . . . . Qualifying sessions resume
Afternoon . . . . Divisional Races – 10 laps
7pm . . . . Street Class Cruise – 4 laps around the road course
9pm-1 am . . . Live music buy M8Ds at The Wheelie Bar & Grille

Sunday, May 27
7am . . . . Gates open
9am . . . Practice Sessions
10am . . . . Qualifying sessions – 5 laps each
Noon-12:50pm . . . . Touring for fans on the road course*
12:55pm . . . . Qualifying sessions resume
Afternoon . . . . Divisional Races – 10 laps each

* Touring on the road course is free for SCCA members and $10 per car for non-members.

Note: All times are subject to change. Tune into 87.9 FM for racing action.

Muscle Car Series Schedule

Thursday, May 24
10am. . .Gates open
3:30pm – 8pm . . . Shirt Shack
4pm – 8pm. . . Tech

Friday, May 25
7am . . . Gates open
7am – 6pm . . . Shirt Shack
10 am – 5pm . . . Time Trials
1pm . . . Qualifying for Heads-Up Classes
4pm . . . Qualifying for Heads-Up Classes

Saturday, May 26
7am . . . Gates open
7am – 6pm . . . Shirt Shack
9am . . . Time trials begin
1pm. . . Qualifying for Heads-Up Classes
4pm . . . Qualifying for Heads-Up Classes
7pm . . . Street Class Cruise – 4 laps around the road course
9pm-1 am . . . Live music by M8Ds at The Wheelie Bar & Grille

Sunday, May 27
7am . . . Gates open
7am – 2pm . . . Shirt Shack
9am . . . Elimination rounds begin for all classes

Note: All times are subject to change. Tune into 105.3 FM for racing action.

Spectator Admission

Click here to order tickets online. You can now print tickets from your home computer. Tickets are also available at the BIR Ticket Office by calling 1-866-444-4455.

Kids 12 and under are FREE! Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

General Admission – Available at the Front Gate

Thurs-Sun – $80 (Online) / $85 (Phone/Gate)
Fri-Sun – $70 (Online)  / $75 (Phone/Gate)
Sat-Sun – $45 (Online) / $50 (Phone/Gate)
Single Day admission – $25

Single-day tickets expire one hour after the completion of racing.  Anyone remaining after ticket expiration will be fined or prosecuted.

** Multi Event Weekend – Don’t forget that your ticket gets you in to see two great events this weekend – the Muscle Car Series on the drag strip and the SCCA Harvey West Classic on the Competition Road Course.

Camping – Basic camping is included in multi-day tickets between days purchased. Full-service sites in the PleasureLand RV VIP Campground are an additional $40 per night and include power, water & septic hook-up.

Condos – Stay at BIR in style. We have 12 on-site deluxe condominiums that are two-bedroom and two-bath with full kitchen, spacious living room, fireplace and deck. Cost is $250 per night. Call for availability and reservations.

NOTE: All admission & camping sales are FINAL. No refunds.

Rustic Camping – BIR has 200 acres for rustic camping. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket. 24-hour security is available and clean shower buildings and trailers are conveniently located throughout the facilities. Click here for Camping Rules.

PleasureLand RV VIP Campground – BIR has 164 full-service RV sites with electric, water and sewer hook-ups. They wrap around a water feature and are a short walk to the drag strip and road course. The cost per site is $40 per night.

Condos – Stay at BIR in style. We have 12 on-site deluxe condominiums that are two-bedroom and two-bath with full kitchen, spacious living room, fireplace and deck. Cost is $250 per night. Call for availability and reservations.

Some sites have 20 amp power, price is $30/weekend per plug

Off-Track LodgingClick here for a list of our lodging partners.

If you’re racing this weekend and need more information, click on the appropriate link below to get more details:

Muscle Car Series Drag Racing

SCCA Harvey West Classic

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