Location:Berlin Raceway, Marne, MI | Date: 7/21
Pure Grassroots Racing At Its Finest
Berlin Raceway and Entertainment Complex in Marne, Michigan, is “Where Speed Belongs,” so it’s no wonder the PRI Road Tour added this unscheduled stop to its 2021 schedule. The 7/16-mile paved oval recently hosted its Spectator Drags and Autocross event, and the PRI team was on-hand to witness pure grassroots racing at its finest in action.
Ten minutes from Grand Rapids, Berlin Raceway has hosted quality competition since its first race season in 1951. Previously a dirt oval, officials converted the track to its current configuration back in 1966. The complex boasts one of the strongest fan bases for grassroots racing in the nation, having packed in thousands of race fans each year since its inception.
Its Spectator Drag events are highlighted by autocross competition straight from the oval. The events, which offer free general admission, are designed to get both local racers and fans to the track, which recently won the Advanced Auto Parts “Advance My Track” Challenge. Wednesday’s spectacle featured a visit by the West Michigan Mustang Club, who came out in force with a lineup of Mustangs, including the genuine 78th annual Indianapolis 500 pace car.
Grassroots racing is arguably the purest form of competition today, but work is still needed to protect the sport. Becoming a member of PRI is the best way to secure our livelihoods. Check out PRI’s new membership options for individuals and businesses here. Plan to attend the 2021 PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis on December 9–11 to catch up with the latest products and services. To register as an attendee for the 2021 PRI Trade Show, visit here.
Catch up on the PRI Road Tour’s other stops, including the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, plus see where we’re heading next, at performanceracing.com/roadtour.