Crandon International Raceway is joining with BF Goodrich to add additional attractions to their prestigious short-course off-road race weekend. Crandon International Raceway confirmed a new two-year partnership with Cumming, Georgia-based Unlimited Off-Road Shows for the 2018 and 2019 Crandon World Championship Off-Road Race® weekend.
The new partnership is designed to create an enhanced weekend experience for Crandon’s Labor Day weekend crowds, which in 2017 reached a record of just over 54,000 fans. First, the BFGoodrich Unlimited Off Road Show group will expand the four-day Crandon race weekend by adding the World Championships/World Cup to its existing 2018 schedule of five events, thus adding their expo of top-level off-road manufacturers and vendors to Crandon’s display area. Second, the group will also help manage and activate Crandon’s 100-acre Off-Road Park to add interactive off-roading and camping for Jeep/4×4 and truck enthusiasts.
The result is intended to be a true “Off-Road Woodstock” that encompasses not only the most dynamic form of racing in all of motorsports, but also the off-road lifestyle that is enjoyed by weekend enthusiasts around the world.
“Crandon is an exception in the racing world that blows people’s minds with its genuine tradition,” explained Unlimited Off-Road Show CEO Axel Stammel. “We are honored to be adding the industry’s top brands and an exciting vendor show to the World Championship weekend, but also opening up the Crandon Off-Road Park for interactive participation by Jeep, truck and 4×4 fans. It’s exciting for us to help expand on Crandon tradition by ultimately delivering a 360 degree experience to off-road enthusiasts.”
In addition to its new stop at Crandon International Raceway, the 2018 BFGoodrich Unlimited Off Road Show includes the Texas Motor Speedway (March 3-4), Jeep Resort at Crystal Beach, Texas (May 17-19), Louisville, Kentucky (June 1-3), Off-Road Ruckus at Texas Motor Speedway (June 8-9), Crandon International (August 31 – September 2) and the Winter Wonderland in Atlanta, Georgia (December 1-2).
Unlike nearly every other location in off-road racing, Crandon International Raceway is a permanent facility found on 400-plus acres of woodlands in northern Wisconsin. The former farm includes rich green grass that frames the track’s challenging 1.75-mile undulating dirt circuit. 2018’s Labor Day weekend will host the biggest off-road short course race on earth, the 49th annual Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races®. This past September more than 54,400 fans from all over America and Canada made the pilgrimage to the sport’s “Big House.” Many of the Crandon faithful have made this annual pilgrimage an annual family tradition with camping, fireworks and tons of bratwurst creating an unforgettable weekend better known as “the Crandon Experience.”
For the third consecutive year, along with a full slate of The Off Road Championship (TORC) PRO and Sportsman racing, the weekend will feature the annual Crandon World Cup. Hosted and sanctioned by Crandon International Raceway on Sunday, September 2nd, the special day has been created to attract the world’s best off-road racers and teams to compete for Crandon World Championships in a variety of PRO-level classes. For just the third time in the sport’s nearly 50-year history, short course competitors from sanctioning bodies around the country can race on a completely level playing field with the biggest single day payout in the sport.
“Today’s announcement with the BFGoodrich Unlimited Off Road Show series takes us closer to our goal of expanding Labor Day weekend into an even bigger off-road lifestyle event,” explained Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “Now our race fans can see and buy the latest products and enjoy participating in off-road experiences before and after the on-track competition, while at the same time a whole new group of off-road enthusiasts will be introduced to world-class short-course racing. It’s a winning idea for everyone, and will take the Crandon World Championship and World Cup weekend to even taller heights.”
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