As the 2015 Dirt Nitro Challenge is only days away, we have caught up with legendary racer, Adam Drake, as prepares to embark on a new journey in his R/C racing career. While he wouldn’t reveal his exact plans before the event (where many suspect he will debut his new sponsor/plans), he did share some encouraging news that his departure from TLR/Horizon is NOT the end of ‘The Drake’ in R/C.
“Yes, I will continue to race and work in the industry. I’m taking my time and studying my options.”
RCN: Hello Adam! Thanks for joining us for a quick chat today. Let’s kick off by talking a bit about your relationship with TLR/Horizon. When did you first team up with the company?
Adam: My pleasure. I started as a team driver shortly after the ROAR 1/10th electric nationals in 1994. I moved to California in 2000 to work for Horizon Hobby / TLR.
RCN: Was the departure from TLR/Horizon your choice? If so, why? If not, are their hard feelings between you two?
Adam: It wasn’t my choice, but I don’t have any hard feelings. My time at TLR / Horizon was great and I was able to meet so many great people and work on a number of amazing projects.
RCN: Obviously over the years you built a lot of friendships there, are you still in contact with many of them?
Adam: Yes, I’m still in contact with my friends.
RCN: The big question remains, what are your plans now? Will you continue as a racer with another brand?
Adam: Yes, I will continue to race and work in the industry. I’m taking my time and studying my options.
RCN: Do you plan to pursue a job within the industry? Possibly with one of your sponsors such as Pro-Line or Novarossi?
Adam: Yes, I plan to continue to work in the industry. Pro-Line and Novaroosi are both great companies and I will continue to race and help with the development of their products.
RCN: Speaking of Novarossi, it seems as though they have lost a good number of European team drivers for 2015. Any ideas or thoughts on this?
Adam: I’m not sure, but Novarossi has been extremely busy in the off-season and the 2015 engine line is amazing!
RCN: Has there been any consideration of starting your own brand of products?
Adam: That’s always been in the back of my mind, but it’s a fine line to walk when you race and work for other companies in the industry. I’m committed to helping the companies I race for make the best products in the industry.
RCN: Aside from the Dirt Nitro Challenge, what other races and events do you plan to attend for 2015?
Adam: My plan is to have a similar travel schedule to what I’ve had in the past. The normal major races (DNC, Silver State, ROAR Nationals, ext…) as well as a number of races like AMS, PNB, JBRL, ect…
RCN: You most recently are known for your 1/8 scale offroad racing, but over the years you have had a lot of success in the 1/10 scale scene as well. Is there any plans to return to 1/10 scale racing for you?
Adam: My primary focus will continue to be 1/8th nitro and electric.
RCN: Your thoughts on the 1/10 World Championships being held on carpet/astroturf?
Adam: Racing on carpet /astroturf will be consistent. I was surprised they changed the rule less than one year before the event. I would prefer to see it on dirt, but at the end of the day, it’s the same for everyone
RCN: We know you are a busy man, and sincerely appreciate you taking the time to chat today. We wish you the best of luck this week at the Dirt Nitro Challenge!
Adam: Thank you!!