Famed Off-Road Facility to Host Two Races In September


CRANDON, Wisconsin (August 5, 2020) In a summer filled with unusual times and a constantly changing environment, Midwest racing fans will find solace in the news that two of their favorite events are becoming a welcome reality.

Wisconsin’s famed Crandon International Raceway today announced that both of its upcoming September off-road racing events will take place as scheduled. The state has already seen a host of race facilities open their doors to live audiences, including several large IndyCar and IMSA events at Wisconsin’s famed Road America.

Crandon International will be releasing a final 2020 COVID-19 operational plan to local law enforcement and health officials later this week, as well as sharing the comprehensive plans with fans, racers and corporate partners on its new website. Series officials in the Champ Off-Road and Ultra4 series will also be working closely with Crandon officials to ensure a solid safety plan is in place to execute all phases of the race weekends in an integrated manner.

LEADING THE WAY BACK: As it has for 51 years, Crandon International will join Champ Off-Road (COR) series tracks (ERX Motor Park and Dirt City Motor Plex) in bringing back the intensity of short-course racing to the American Midwest. (Photo: Mike Roth)

The the 51st World Championship Off-Road Races® scheduled over Labor Day weekend will still take place on September 3rd – 5th, with the fifth annual Crandon World Cup scheduled for Sunday, September 6th. June’s rescheduled 27th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run weekend, the traditional Midwest off-road season kick-off, will take place at Crandon’s “Big House” September 25th – 27th.

Thanks to tireless planning by track facilities and local and state officials, the first two race weekends in the inaugural 2020 Champ Off-Road season have been successfully executed and enjoyed by enthusiastic fans. ERX Motor Park near Minneapolis, Minn. took place on July 10th – 11th, while Dirt City Motor Plex in Lena, Wisc. hosted the new series on July 25th – 26th. Originally planned for Bark River, Mich., the next race weekend will again take place at ERX on August 15th – 16th.

“We have taken time this summer to study how race tracks around the Midwest have been able to successfully host fans,” said Crandon International Raceway President Cliff Flannery. “They do it by being creative and proactive. Our goal is to execute our 2020 races in a safe way, and we want to especially thank Champ Off-Road, ERX and Dirt City for leading the way back to racing this season.”

FLYING INTO FALL: A packed field of more than 250 racers are expected at Crandon each of two weekends in September. Classes includes a wide variety of buggies, side-x-sides and trucks including the always highly competitive and entertaining Pro Lite category. (Photo: Chris Hord)

“Frankly, it’s an understatement to say that 2020 is difficult year to be an event promotor in today’s constantly shifting environment,” added Crandon International’s Marty Fiolka. “However, it’s the enthusiasm of our racers, fans and corporate partners that fuels our efforts and passion. Success in off-road racing is always about being persistent and never, ever giving up. The management at Crandon International shares that philosophy, and we have a solid plan to make our races a reality.”

Crandon’s forthcoming COVID-19 event plan includes numerous safety procedures and facility upgrades for fans and campers, along with comprehensive operational plans for racers and officials provided by the Champ Off-Road and Ultra4 series. The Crandon staff would especially like to thank Forest County Sheriff John Dennee and Health Director Jacee Shepard for their efforts in helping moving forward.

CRANDON FANS RULE: While today’s COVID-19 environment may create an unusual set of circumstances in 2020, Crandon’s enthusiastic fans can expect a world-class off-road racing experience shared with family members and close friends. (Photo: Mike Roth)

Crandon International race fans and team will retain all of their original 2020 World Championship and Brush Run event camping, pitting admission and grandstand reservations.There is no refund policy, but reservation holders can transfer their admittance and Camp Crandon tickets to other fans if desired. Those seeking help or assistance can contact the Crandon office directly via email at trackoffice@crandonoffroad.com

On Labor Day weekend (September 3rd – 6th) Crandon will celebrate its hosting of the 51st Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races®. Last year, a record-shattering crowd packed the “Big House” for history’s largest short-course off-road event. In addition, unlimited 4-wheel drive Ultra4 class cars will take part in two special races, with one taking place Saturday night, September 5th as the day’s finale. The world’s best Pro short-course racers will compete the next day for a Crandon World Championship title and a huge cash and prize purse on off-road racing’s biggest competition — the fifth annual Crandon World Cup.

Admission ticket, camping and grandstand reservations are still available for either or both 2020 races by visiting www.crandonoffroad.com.