Brainerd International Raceway has two challenging road courses after adding a section of track in 2008 that separates the road course from the drag strip. That created a highly technical 2.5-mile, 13-turn track called the Competition Road Course.
The championship-style Competition Road Course uses portions of BIR’s original 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course, including Turns 1 through 8. But at Turn 8, we 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.
The Competition Road Course, this year, will again host spectator races such as the Trans Am Series, club racing, the BIR Performance Driving School, among others.
BIR’s 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course opened in 1968. It has served BIR well while playing host to some of the most exciting events and the biggest names in racing. Whether they were Superbike riders, professional Trans Am Series drivers or car club members, many household names in road racing have challenged the road course’s 10 turns, including Turn 1, a banked right-hand 60-degree turn that continues to be the fastest turn on any road course in the country.
Car clubs, racing groups or individuals can rent the either road course for exclusive use if they have an event or want to test their cars.