Red Bull Crandon World Cup
2022 RED BULL CRANDON WORLD CUP
What is the Crandon World Cup?
The 7th annual Red Bull Crandon World Cup event was created to provide the sport of short course off-road racing with a true “Super Bowl Sunday.” As part of our 53rd Polaris Crandon World Championship® weekend, on Sunday, September 4th Crandon is promoting its own, non-denominational day of professional short-course racing along with the richest event in the sport – the Red Bull Crandon World Cup and Red Bull Cup Challenge.
What is the idea behind the Red Bull Crandon World Cup?
It’s always been a simple premise. After a 53 year history of excellence, Crandon International Raceway now organizes, promotes and hosts the “Super Bowl of Short Course,” a day of Pro category off-road races similar to the Indianapolis 500 or Daytona 500. With the sport suffering from two competing series and a splintered group of top athletes, in 2016 Red Bull joined us in creating to an independent day of competition that was open to all short-course racers. Since that time the Crandon World Cup has brought the sport together for the most prestigious Pro racing event of the year.
Is this event being run under the AMSOIL Champ Off-Road series banner?
No. While the 53rd Polaris Crandon World Championships features a full slate of Champ Off-Road Pro and Sportsman series racing (as well as Ultra4 and Class 11 races), the Red Bull Crandon World Cup takes place on Thursday, September 1st (Crandon Pro Open practice) and Sunday, September 4th including the Red Bull Cup finale for Pro 2 and Pro 4 classes. However, all registration is done via online registration at www.champoffroad.com (for Pro short-course classes) and www.crandonoffroad.com for all Ultra4 classes. All purse payouts are done via Crandon International Raceway. The event’s insurance and sanctioning are done via USAC and Champ Off-Road/Ultra4 in association with Crandon International Raceway.
How does the Crandon World Cup fit into the traditional Off-Road World Championship® weekend in terms of structure?
The Crandon World Cup represents both a larger and expanded Labor Day weekend schedule that now begins with a Pro open practice sessions each Thursday of Labor Day weekend. Our traditional Lucas Oil Crandon Labor Day Parade remains downtown on Friday morning, September 2nd before the Forest County Potawatomi “Night of Thunder”races that include Ultra4 and Class 11 races. Saturday, September 3rd will feature a packed schedule of Champ Off-Road Pro and Sportsman competition, along with Saturday night’s Ultra4 “Rage on the Rocks” on the newly upgraded Rigid Ridge. Crandon will also crown its traditional Sportsman World Championships® on this day as well.
Weren’t all of the Crandon World Championship titles decided on Saturday in past years?
Yes, but since 2016 all of the Sportsman categories have earned Crandon World Championships on Saturday. The traditional Crandon World Championship ring and extra purse money provided by Crandon for the Sportsman drivers remains as it has in the past. All Crandon Sportsman World Champions as well as are welcome to be recognized and introduced on Sunday as part of our Red Bull World Cup Sportsman “Parade of Champions” – a special part of the day’s opening ceremonies.
Who can participate in the Red Bull Crandon World Cup?
The Crandon World Cup is open to all Pro category racers competing in the Champ Off-Road (COR) series incuding Pro 4, Pro 2, Pro Lite, Pro Stock SXS, and Pro Turbo SXS. Due to limited fields, in 2022 Pro Spec racers will complete on Friday night as a feature race and on Saturday for their Crandon World Championships. As is a long-held Crandon tradition, we recognize the Champ Super Buggy Sportsman category as a Pro class, and have a World Championship race for Pro Buggies on Sunday.
For 2022 Crandon International Raceway will allow racers competing in Polaris RZR Pro R machines meeting Champ Off-Road rules/configurations to compete in Sunday’s Lucas Oil Pro Turbo SxS World Championship race. Polaris Pro R racers will not be allowed to compete in Sunday’s Pro Buggy World Championship competition.
In 2022 the Red Bull Crandon World Cup will also include Pro drivers from the Ultra4/Class 4400 series and those from the Class 11 VW Sedan class for the Continental Tire Cup.
All Pro Lite, Pro 2 and Pro 4 must start full dressed for both Sunday races – including all full fenders and hoods in place. This is a world class day of Pro off-road racing. It needs to look like it.
All drivers must have a current license with the United Stated Auto Club (USAC).
Note: All Pro drivers wishing to compete in the Red Bull World Cup Sunday and Red Bull Cup finale must compete in their prospective classes on Saturday, September 3rd to be eligible to compete on Sunday, September 4th (Class 11 drivers must compete in their feature race on Friday night, September 2nd).
All Pro 2 and Pro 4 racers must participate in Sunday morning’s Crandon Pro World Championship races in order to compete in the Red Bull Cup race. Crandon International reserves the right to enter Red Bull Cup racers with extenuating circumstances via a promotor provisional option.
How much is the entry fee for the Red Bull Crandon World Cup and Red Bull Cup Race?
The entry fee for the eight Pro category races in 2022 are the same as the Champ Off-Road or Ultra4 weekend race cost. The fees for participating in the Red Bull Cup Challenge finale for eligible Pro 2 and Pro 4 racers is $250.00. All racers must have a current USAC license for insurance purposes.
What is the purse? TBD
Since 2016, Crandon International Raceway has rewarded Pro short-course racers with over $1,400,000 in cash and prizes!
With the support of Red Bull, Polaris and Lucas Oil we are once again offering a world-class cash and prize purse worthy of a World Cup Sunday. Details will be announced and posted soon.
All class winners participating in the Red Bull Crandon World Cup will also earn the title of “Crandon Off-Road World Champion.” Each winning racer on the podium will earn a custom handcrafted gold, silver or bronze Red Bull Crandon World Cup medal, with class winners also receiving the traditional Crandon World Championship ring. In addition, the winner of the 2022 Red Bull Cup Challenge will take home a customize Crandon Henry rifle for being the day’s “Top Gun.”
Does that mean all Pro racers wishing to run the Crandon World Cup/Red Bull and Champ Off-Road will have to register separately?
Yes. Payout and promotion for the Crandon World Cup are being executed by the track. However, to make registration and timing/scoring a more streamlined process Crandon International is working with Champ Off-Road, Ultra4 and Class 11 for all classes to utilize the same software registration platform.
How is qualifying done for Red Bull World Cup Sunday?
Note: All drivers wishing to compete in the Red Bull World Cup Sunday and Red Bull Cup finale must compete in their prospective classes on Saturday, September 3rd to be eligible to compete on Sunday, September 4th. All Pro 2 and Pro 4 racers must participate in Sunday morning’s Crandon Pro World Championship races in order to compete in the Red Bull Cup race. Crandon International reserves the right to enter racers with extenuating circumstances via a promotor provisional option.
All Red Bull Crandon World Cup classes will take the final results from Saturday’s Champ Off-Road (and Ultra4 4400 class) to set the field for Sunday’s Crandon World Championship races. The exception will be the Class 11 category, which will use the results from Friday night’s Pro-Am race to set the field for Sunday’s race.
For Sunday’s Red Bull Cup finale, participation will be extended to the fastest 24 Pro 2 and Pro 4 racers based on Sunday morning’s World Championship race lap times, plus four promoter option provisional starters. The fields will be set in both classes by finishing order on Sunday morning’s World Championship races. This will give fans a Red Bull Cup starting field of 28 trucks.
Racers who do not qualify for Sunday’s Red Bull Cup finale based on times will be refunded their $250 entry fee. All racers who qualify for the Sunday Red Bull Cup race will not receive a refund regardless of ability to start the Cup race.
The starting field for the Red Bull Cup race will be posted to the www.crandonoffroad.com website under the “Racer” section no later than 3:00 PM on Sunday afternoon. Drivers who cannot make the starting flag for the Red Bull Cup race must notify Crandon or Champ Off-Road race officials by no later than 2:30 PM on Sunday by text.
Will Crandon be announcing its own rules package?
Thankfully, there is no need now that all of our 2022 racers compete under unified series rules via Champ Off-Road or the Ultra4 series. Class 11 racers will be run under the existing SNORE/MORE west coast rules with the addition of maditory door bars.
How will Crandon handle on track calls and violations?
Crandon International race directors will work with Champ Off-Road / Ultra4 / USAC officials and individual series management to ensure as fair a competition as possible for the Red Crandon World Cup and Red Bull Cup events.
What exposure will the 2022 Red Bull Crandon World Cup receive?
Thanks to the support of our sponsors and media partners, racers in Sunday’s Red Bull Crandon World Cup will enjoy the biggest coverage package in Crandon history. All of Sunday’s competition will be professionally live streamed directly to huge audiences at no cost on several major racing platforms, including RACER.com, Speed Sport’s platforms, Race-Dezert and CrandonOffRoad.com.
In addition, the Pro 2, Pro 4, Pro-Lite, Pro Buggy, Pro Stock SxS and Pro Mod SxS racers will be part of a special four-hour block of Crandon World Cup coverage to be broadcast on the MAVTV cable network. Ultra4 and Class 11 coverage will also be featured on the SpeedSport television feature shows on MAVTV.
How can race teams handle on track merchandise?
In accordance to Crandon rules, race teams may wish to sell team/driver merchandise out of their individual pit locations. No individual sponsor brands or Crandon branded merchandise may be sold.