Legendary Racers To Be Honored By Crandon International At Off-Road World Championships
— Part of Official Launch of New Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex —
CRANDON, Wisconsin (August 1, 2017) – Celebrating 48 years of holding a special place in off-road racing history, Crandon International Raceway today announced it will honor some of the sport’s best as part of an official debut of the newly completed VIsion Wheel Hospitality Complex.
Built over the course of the last 12 months, the new Hospitality Complex’s biggest feature is a second set of grandstand seats that nearly double the seating capacity inside of the track’s legendary Forest County Potawatomi Turn 1. Track personnel also added a brand new building under the grandstand to house concession and souvenir sales, as well as a state-of-the-art kitchen in a second, separate building.
On Friday, September 1st at 1:30pm the track will hold a special “Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony” to kick-off the 48th Annual Crandon World Championship Off-Road Race weekend. As part of this ceremony the track will unveil new sections named for some of the track’s most legendary superstars — some of whom will be on-hand to commemorate the occasion.
HONORING THE PAST: Many of the sport’s best short-course off-road racers have forged their legacy at the Crandon “Big House.” Among the legends being honored at the new Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex are Walker Evans (top), Rob MacCachren (middle) Scott Taylor (above left) and Curt LeDuc (above right). Photo credit: Boyd Jaynes (Taylor/LeDuc image)
Built in 2012, the original Crandon grandstands will includes four special sections honoring the late Jack Flannery, the late Rick Huseman, legendary local racer “Farmer” John Konitzer and now Rob MacCachren, considered by many to be the best driver in off-road racing history. These grandstands now also feature brand new track announcing and Vision Wheel hospitality suites.
The new Crandon grandstands, originally purchased from the iconic Milwaukee Mile race track, will now carry three sections of seating named for Crandon champion Scott Taylor, “The Legend” Walker Evans and desert and short course legend Curt LeDuc.
All seats in either grandstand are reserved on a first-come, first served basis and can be ordered online at www.crandonoffroad.com. Seats range from just $10 to $20 and can be used for the entire three-day race weekend.
NEW SEATING GRID: The addition of Crandon’s new Vision Wheel grandstand now nearly doubles the seating area inside of the track’s Forest County Potawatomi Turn 1. Beginning August 31st, the entire complex will have sections named for some of the sport’s biggest legends.
“There is nothing better than for the people behind Crandon International than honoring those heroes that helped put on the map,” explained Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “We very much appreciate the support of Vision Wheel in making the new Hospitality Complex come alive this year, and honoring that achievement by naming sections after these racers brings it all full circle.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be part of a busy four-day schedule comprising the Crandon World Championship Off-Road Race weekend. It comes immediately after the traditional Crandon Labor Day Parade in downtown Crandon and right before fans can take their reserved grandstand seats for the weekends first race.
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.