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Brainerd International Raceway Hopeful to Resume Racing Soon

Mike Grimm of the MN News Network spoke with Brainerd International Raceway owner Kristi Cophem as BIR has had two weekends of racing cancelled so far due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Cophem, hopeful that racing can resume after the 'Stay at Home' order expires May 4th if not extended, has been trying to gather information on how they can get back up and running.

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She says that the track is prepared to operate without fans, but needs the green light.

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Copham told Grimm that the racers want to race soon, even if there aren't fans, and that the BIR Performance Driving School is still scheduled to start and run through the summer if the guidelines allow. Of course, the marquee event at BIR is the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals, slated for August 13-16th. Currently, the event is still on the revised NHRA Schedule, and is the premiere motorsports event in the entire state.

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The NHRA Nationals are a huge boost for the track and the local economy every year.

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The mid-August event brings over 100,000 people to the Brainerd Lakes Area, and allows fans access to the cars and drivers like no other sport. And it's fun for anyone - not just the sports fans.

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Copham also stated that they are keeping their fingers crossed that the show will go on.  She says the facility is 580 acres and if necessary they hope to be able to put into place some social distancing mechanisms that could help in hosting events.

Listen to the full interview here.