Crandon International Rejoins Red Bull Signature Series In Announcing 2017 Off-Road “World Cup”
CRANDON, Wisconsin (July 20, 2017) – Having produced a highly successful proof of concept in 2016, Crandon International Raceway and Red Bull Media House today announced the return of the second annual Crandon World Cup scheduled for Sunday, September 3, 2017. Part of the Red Bull Signature Series, a collection of the most innovative and progressive events in action sports, the “Super Bowl of short course off-road racing” is an independent, non-denominational event open the best PRO-class racers the sport.
The Crandon World Cup will be part of a 48th annual Labor Day Crandon World Championship Off-Road Race weekend that last year attracted 49,600 fans to the 400-acre facility over two days of racing.
For the second time in the sport’s nearly 50-year history, short course competitors from all sanctioning bodies around the country can race on a completely level playing field with no concerns about points or season championships. Hosted and sanctioned by Crandon International Raceway, the event will once again offer the world’s best professional off-road racers the sport’s largest crowd, the largest television package and the largest single day purse – which last year reached a record cash and prize payout of more than $176,000. Along with cash, last year’s winners of the PRO 2 and PRO 4 categories took home a brand new Polaris 1000cc RZR.
BIG HOUSE, BIG CROWD: Last year, Crandon International Raceway hosted the largest crowd in its 48 year history, with nearly 50,000 fans packing the 400-acre facility for two days of intense racing (top). Crandon’s legendary 100 mile per hour Forest County Potawatomi Turn 1 (above) keeps fans coming back every Labor Day weekend. HighRev Photography images
The intense, door-to-door combat of short-course off-road racing expected at the new Crandon World Cup will be broadcast to millions of households as part of the Red Bull Signature Series – a special 90-minute highlight program scheduled to air on Saturday, October 14th at 3:00pm (EDT) on NBC. Produced by Red Bull Media House, the show promises viewers a captivating mix of high-energy motorsports and the downhome American narrative only an organically unique place like Crandon can provide.
“We are very proud to host the second annual Crandon World Cup on the biggest stage in the sport,” explained Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “Every form of professional racing has its version of a ‘Super Bowl,’ and, with the help of the Red Bull Signature Series, short-course off-road racing now has one. After 48 years our small town has built a huge Labor Day tradition, and Crandon is the only appropriate venue to host a true off-road World Cup. Last year’s inaugural running was a great start, but we have plans to elevate that achievement in 2017.”
MENZIES RETURNS TO CRANDON: After missing the inaugural 2016 Crandon World Cup due to injury, off-road racing star Bryce Menzies (top) will return to Crandon International Raceway this Labor Day weekend. Current running in the West-Coast based Lucas Oil Off Road Series, the popular champion will hit Crandon’s 1.75-mile track driving his potent #7 Red Bull/BFGoodrich Ford PRO 4 class unlimited truck (above). HighRev Photography images
While exact event formats, rules and schedules are still being finalized, current plans call for “World Cup Sunday” to include Crandon World Championship® races in the PRO 4, PRO 2, PRO Lite, PRO Buggy and PRO Modified Kart divisions. Crandon International will soon announce its own director of competition, as well as releasing new “Balance of Performance” rules guidelines to help equalize competition.
The weekend will culminate in the 8th annual AMSOIL Cup Challenge, a spectacular competition that pits the fastest unlimited PRO 4 and PRO 2 trucks together on the track at the same time after a staggered start. This year’s AMSOIL Cup race offers a first place cash payout of $48,000, plus a specially engraved gold plated “Crandon Top Gun” Henry rifle and valuable prize packages from Lincoln Electric and Impact Safety.
Last year’s AMSOIL Cup Challenge winner was local racer Keegan Kincaid, who in 2017 has moved up from the PRO 4 ranks from the PRO 2 truck he raced with much success last season.
ALL STARS: The Crandon World Cup was created to provide a one-day “Super Bowl” of short course off-road racing for stars drivers from both American series. This includes 2016 AMSOIL Cup champion and TORC-series regular Keegan Kincaid (top) as well as Lucas Oil series PRO 2 phenom Patrick Clark (above). Photo credits: HiRev Photography (top) and Attain Media.
All PRO division racers will have the opportunity for substantial open track testing on Thursday, August 31st. Racing will kick-off Friday, September 1st as part of the Forest County Potawatomi Community “Night of Thunder.”after the traditional Labor Day parade in downtown Crandon. On Saturday, September 2nd, all classes of the 2017 TORC series will compete, including prestigious Crandon World Championships crowned in all Sportsman divisions.
Fans from around the country are expected to invade Crandon’s immense facility, which now features expanded seating and food service thanks to the newly completed Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex. More than 2,000 all-grass campsites will again offer the true “Crandon Experience,” with family and friends coming back year after year. While many campsites are already reserved, fans can still enjoy Crandon camping on a first-come, first-served basis or by reserving sites and tickets via www.crandonoffroad.com.
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About Crandon International Raceway:
Every athletic form of competition has its iconic “holy grail” location; magic places that organically merge time, place and history in locations often imitated — but certainly not duplicated. For off-road racing, that unlikely theater of speed is found deep within Wisconsin’s Northwoods at a place better known as the “Big House.” Located just 100 miles northwest of Green Bay and just outside of the tiny hamlet of Crandon (population: 1,386), Crandon International Raceway has provided three generations of fans with dirt throwing, high-intensity action and history-making performances. Crandon’s purpose-built, 400-acre facility is the finest on earth and has long hosted the largest crowds in short-course off-road racing history. Featuring 2,000 grass camping sites, in 2017 fans will enjoy two big weekends of racing each year including June’s Brush Run event and Labor Day weekend’s Crandon International Off-Road World Championships®. Both events feature The Off Road Racing Championship (TORC) PRO and Sportsman divisions. The facility will also be open for summer camping so adventure enthusiasts can enjoy “the Crandon Experience.” For more information please visit www.crandonoffroad.com.
About The Red Bull Signature Series:
The Red Bull Signature Series is the most progressive action sports property in the world, featuring best-in-class events such as Hart Lines, Joyride, Straight Rhythm, Hare Scramble, Volcom Pipe Pro and Rampage. These events represent a collection of the most innovative surfing, mountain biking, skateboarding, and motorsports events on custom courses inspired by the athletes themselves. Red Bull Media House and the NBC Sports Group showcase this world-class property of action sports events all year long on Red Bull TV and NBC through state-of-the-art production and storytelling. For more information, please visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com.
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