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  • MAPerformance presents Proving Grounds 2016.2

    Event Information & Pre Registration Links:

    What is Proving Grounds?

    Proving Grounds is one of the biggest sport-compact racing events in the midwest. Cars from all over the country get together at Brainerd International Raceway to partake in a weekend of racing, parties, and more racing! Proving Grounds consists of 7 events, each designed to push your car to the limits for cash prizes, gift cards, and most importantly - street cred.

    When and Where is Proving Grounds 2016.1?

    Proving Grounds 2016.2 will take place Sept. 9-11, 2016 at BIR. The location has stayed the same thanks to the amazing staff at Brainerd International Raceway. Gates will open at 5PM Thursday Sept. 8th, this is the first year opening the night before so we hope to see lots of people utilizing this extra day to setup camp and get into the event before the crowds..

    How Do I Get There, and Where Do I Stay?

    From Brainerd heading north:
    Go 5 miles on Hwy 371 from the Hwy 210 & Hwy 371 intersection. BIR is on the right.
    From Nisswa heading south:
    Go south from Nisswa on Highway 371 for 8 miles. BIR is on the left.
    From the Twin Cities:
    Go west on Interstate 94 to the Clearwater exit. Head north on Hwy 24 to Hwy 10. West on Hwy 10 to Little Falls. Take Hwy 371 north at Little Falls and stay on the Baxter stretch of Hwy 371. BIR is 5 miles past Brainerd/Baxter.

    BIR is one of the few race tracks with virtually unlimited camping available and a wide range of lodging opportunities. With 12 deluxe condominiums on track, 164 full-service RV sites and unlimited open camping, BIR is also surrounded by more than 100 resorts, hotels, and beds and breakfasts.

    On Site Camping (most preferred):
    RV and Tent camping is available on site at Brainerd International Raceway. Call 1-866-444-4455 for pricing or to book an RV slot, otherwise tent camping is FREE and first come, first serve.
    Off Site Lodging:
    Brainerd is a popular tourist location in Northern Minnesota. Because of this, off site Lodging close to BIR is plentiful. Head on over to or call 1-800-450-7247 for details.

    How Much Will it Cost Me?

    General Admission (Spectator or Racer):

    Single-day tickets expire one hour after the completion of racing. Anyone remaining and found by security will be fined or will be asked to leave for the remainder of show. Basic camping is included in multi-day tickets between days purchased.

    • Adult: Thur - Sun $70, Fri – Sun $60, Sat-Sun $40, One Day $25
    • Children 12 and under: FREE!
    • Pets: FREE! Pet waiver must be signed, animals must remain on leash. Please pick up after your pet
    Event Entry Fees:

    Racer registration is done in the BIR Shirt Shack located on the ground floor of the Condo building. Racing is a la cart, meaning racers can run as many event as they'd like and simply need to register / pay for each different event they'd like to participate in.

    • Drag Racing: Friday: $25 per class testing & qualifying Sat-Sun: $35 per class (Saturday qualifying, Sunday eliminations from 9am-Noon.)
    • Grudge Style Roll Racing: Sunday: $25 (must pass drag tech)
    • Drifting: Fri-Sun 3 day special: $120 Sat or Sun only: $35 per Half Day
    • Auto X: Fri & Sat: $30 per day - *All Autocross Racers Must Pre-Register*
    • HPDE Time Attack: Register and gather additional information here

    What Events are Happening When?


    Gates Open at 5pm


    Gates Open at 9 AM
    Drag Racing - $25 Single day
    • Registration: 9 AM - 6 PM (Shirt Shack)
    • Tech: 10 AM - 7 PM
    • Qualifying Time Trials / Test & Tune: Noon - 7 PM
    Auto X - $30 Single Day (175 Max Entries - Must Pre Register)
    • Tech: 12 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Drivers Meeting (Turn 9 / Under Bridge): 1:40 PM
    • Competition (Advanced timing): 2 PM - 8PM-ish
    Drifting - $80 Fri-Sun 3 Day Pass
    • Registration: 9 AM - 6 pm (Shirt Shack)
    • Tech: 10 AM - 8 PM
    • Drivers Meeting (Road Course Paddock): 12:15 PM
    • Drifting Turns 10-13 Live: 1 PM - 8 PM


    Gates Open 7 AM
    Tire Changing Station
    • 8 AM - 9 AM
    • 6 PM - 8 PM
    Car Show - FREE
    • Registration & Parking: Noon - 3 PM
    • Judging: 3 PM - 6 PM
    Drag Racing - $25 single day
    • Registration: 8 AM - 4 PM (Shirt Shack)
    • Tech: 8 AM - 6 PM
    • Qualifying Time Trials: 9 AM - 6 PM
    • There will be a burnout contest at the end of racing.
    Auto X - $30 Single Day (100 Max Entries - Must Pre Register)
    • Tech: 1 PM - 2:30PM
    • Driver's Meeting 2:30 PM
    • Course is Hot: 3 PM - 8 PM-ish
    Drifting - $35 Single Half Day
    • Registration: 8 AM - 6 PM (Shirt Shack)
    • Tech: 8 AM - 3 PM
    • Driver's Meeting (Turn 9 / Under Bridge) 9 AM
    • Pro Pad Goes Live: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Advanced Drivers Tandem Drift Competition: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Road Course / Time Attack
    • Tech: 7:30 AM - 9 AM
    • Driver's Meeting: 9 AM (Road Course Paddock)
    • Track Is Hot: 9:30 AM - 6 PM
    Burnout Competition - FREE (register at the In Car Nation table out front of the condo's)
    • Burn 'em up: 7 PM - 8 PM on the drag strip
    Musical Entertainment
    • Wheelie Bar: 9 PM - 1 AM


    Gates Open 7 AM

    Tire Changing Station
    • Open 8 AM - 9 AM
    Drag Racing
    • Eliminations 9 AM - Noon
    Grudge Style Roll Racing - $25 single day (Must Pass Drag Tech)
    • Registration: 8 AM - Noon (Shirt Shack)
    • Drivers Meeting: Noon (Staging Lanes Behind Condo's)
    • Racing: 12:30 PM - 5 PM
    Drifting - $25 single day
    • Registration: 8 AM - 1 PM (Shirt Shack)
    • Driver's Meeting: Noon (Turn 9 / Under Bridge)
    • Course is Hot! 12:30 PM - 3 PM
    Road Course / Time Attack
    • Tech: 7:30 AM - 9 AM
    • Driver's Meeting: 9 AM (Road Course Paddock)
    • Track Is Hot: 9:30 AM - 6 PM

    I've Never Been to BIR, Whats it Like?

    Brainerd International Raceway's quarter-mile drag strip is the fastest track in the world. The track is one of the favorite stops for pro drivers on the NHRA Nationals circuit after it was reconstructed in 2005. A new 700-foot concrete launch pad was added and new asphalt for the remaining 600 feet was installed. The new concrete launch pad creates superior traction for high-powered cars, generating high speeds and fast times. BIR's drag strip is one of the safest tracks in the country. Its half-mile shutdown area allows racers plenty of time to slow their cars down.

    The new championship-style road course uses portions of BIR's 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course but involves a new stretch of track that was built in 2008. Turns 1 through 8 of the original 3.1-mile road course is still used for the new circuit but at Turn 8, and BIR built a 300-degree right-hand Clover Leaf that transitions drivers from the old course to the new stretch of asphalt that winds its way back across the infield, eventually tying back into the original circuit just before Turn 1. In all, the Competition Road Course features 13 turns and very little elevation change but is still challenging for experienced drivers and fun for novices.