Grantsburg readies for watercross competition
Snowmobile Watercross racers are once again gearing up for the World Championship Snowmobile Watercross in Grantsburg, Wis. July 19-21.
The annual event, enjoying its 37th year, will draw thousands of spectators to Memory Lake to watch as over 100 racers, including top competitors from the United States and Canada, compete on open water in both drags and oval classes.
Watercross Racing is sanctioned by the International Watercross Association (IWA). The Grantsburg Watercross is the World Championship within the yearly circuit and racers consider this event the “Grand-daddy” of all the races, offering the largest purse, huge spectator turnout, and a truly unique experience for the entire family.
The first Grantsburg Watercross competition was held in July 1977, when racers simply competed to see who could make it straight from the island to the shore, approximately 300 feet away. Most didn’t. In the years following, racers became more skilled, machines more powerful, and the competition more intense. Today, sleds reach up to 85 mph and the ovals competitions defy all logic when considering snowmobiles on open water.
The weekend begins with qualifying races starting Friday at noon and all day Saturday. Finals conclude with the must-see grand finale, a 6-man, 8-lap pro-open thriller Sunday afternoon, determining the 2013 World Champion.
In addition to three days of IWA racing excitement, the event offers many other huge attractions. Vintage racing (open to anyone) starts the weekend on Friday. The Pit Crew “Dash for Cash” race on Saturday evening is a thrilling competition incorporating pit crew involvement. Freestyle Watercross, by Six Four Industries, is an incredible snowmobile jumping show. In addition, there are displayers and vendors, food and beverage booths, a tremendous fireworks display on Saturday at dusk, and street dances on both Friday and Saturday evening featuring top-name regional bands. Visit www.grantsburgwatercross.com for more information and for complete schedule of events.