Race Track Case Study:
Brainerd International Raceway (BIR)

Situation: A 40 year-old facility with new ownership. Over the past 20 years Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) has gravitated toward an almost exclusively drag racing facility. The new owners wanted to revitalize road racing at the track, which would require design upgrades to the safety system for the existing 3-mile road course. The owners also wish to add a new course to fit inside the existing facility, utilizing the signature turns of the old track, but allowing simultaneous use of various parts of the facility for different events or groups.

Our Role: MCS was retained by the new owners to upgrade the existing facility and incorporate a new course within the design. When construction is complete, BIR will have a National level NHRA drag strip, a new 2 mile road course (designed and built to the latest standards), regulation skid pad, autocross course, school teaching and maintenance facilities and residential condominiums. All of these facilities can be used separately at the same time or in conjunction with one another. MCS is in the process of upgrading the original 3 mile road course to current standards with additional safety upgrades to accommodate professional motorcycle racing.