Fan Appreciation Weekend – Jed Copham Memorial Race

BIR is bringing back professional road racing July 11-12 while showing appreciation to its fans and honoring the track’s late owner, Jed Copham. It’ll be the first spectator event this season at BIR, a free drive-in style nostalgic race where fans can watch live streaming of Sunday’s two featured races on their mobile devices. 

The FREE Fan Appreciation Weekend and the Ryan Companies’ Jed Copham Memorial Race feature the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli and a full two days of wild road racing that also includes the Sports Car Club of America.  

The weekend is a chance for BIR to thank its fans, racers and the Brainerd community for supporting motorsports for more than 50 years. But it’s also a chance to honor Jed Copham, the late track owner who died suddenly and tragically in November 2018 in a swimming accident in Florida. When the series raced at BIR prior to the accident, Jed raced in the TA class against the series’ top drivers. To honor his love of racing and his commitment to road racing, the Trans Am Series is calling Sunday’s featured race the Jed Copham Memorial Race, sponsored by Ryan Companies.

Jed Copham and his Trans Am car.

Fans will be treated to a unique format this weekend. BIR is encouraging fans to drive right up next to the track and watch from your vehicles, like a drive-in movie. Tailgating is allowed! To follow all the action, you can download the free Trans Am Series app (for Apple or Android) and watch live streaming of Sunday’s action. In all, there will be six hours of coverage, including live play-by-play of Sunday’s two 100-mile featured races, the second of which is the Jed Copham Memorial Race. Fans can also listen to coverage on BIR’s FM station: 87.9 FM.

The Trans Am Series has a long and rich history at BIR that dates back to 1969. Featuring professional drivers from throughout the country, the series includes five classes of racing: TA, TA2, XGT, SGT and GT, with classic muscle cars like Mustangs, Corvettes, Camaros and Challengers that fly around the 2.5-mile Competition Road Course. The schedule has practice and qualifying sessions on Saturday, followed by qualifying and the a pair of 100-mile, 40-lap final races on Sunday.

SCCA will also be on the road course for club racing between the Trans Am sessions. SCCA is great wheel-to-wheel racing, with a variety of open- and closed-wheel classes, as well as vintage racing.

 

 

 

FRIDAY, JULY 10
Test sessions

SATURDAY, JULY 11
11:10-11:40am. . . . TA2 Practice
11:45-12:15pm . . . TA/XGT/SGT/GT Practice
3:40-4pm . . . TA2 Qualifying
4:05-4:25pm . . . TA Qualifying
4:30-4:50pm . . . XGT/SGT/GT Qualifying

SUNDAY, JULY 12
11:15-12:25pm. . . . TA2 Race – 100 miles, 40 laps
1:35-2:45pm . . . Jed Copham Memorial Race – 100 miles, 40 laps for TA/XGT/SGT/GT

BOLD times – Trans Am Series 
TA – Trans Am Class
TA2 – Trans Am2 Class
XGT – Xtreme GT Class
SGT – Super GT Class
GT – GT Class

 

FRIDAY, JULY 10
Test sessions

SATURDAY, JULY 11
9-10:55am. . . . Practice & Qualifying Sessions
1:20-3:15pm . . . Racing – 12 laps each

SUNDAY, JULY 12
9-10:55am. . . . Practice & Qualifying Sessions
3-5pm . . . Racing – 12 laps each

Spectator Admission

Daily Admission is FREE.

Parking is free.

Limited camping for spectators – first-come first-served.
PleasureLand RV VIP Campground
Rustic Camping

 

Rustic Camping – BIR has 200 acres for rustic camping. Camping is free. 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 $45 per night. Click here for a VIP campground map

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

Off-Track Lodging – Click here for a list of our lodging partners.

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