Team Orion announced the addition of TLR’s Dustin Evans to its team. Congrats, Dustin!
Dustin Evans is probably a name that you have become quite familiar with lately. Rightfully so as this year he has won the Reedy Race of Champions, EOS 2wd, and Rumble in the Rockies. He has been one of the top, if not, the top TLR electric driver this year. His hard work has definitely been showing on the track. His pace is up there with the best of them and every time I watch him run, he looks to be getting smoother and faster.
Then it got me thinking of Dustin’s character off the track. If you don’t know Dustin, he is one of the nicest and most approachable drivers out there. For that, I applaud him. It’s always great to see the top pro drivers doing their job on and off the track. I see all kinds of kids walk up to pros at the track nervous and shaking, but it’s always great to see them welcomed and comforted with an autograph or some simple setup advice.
I know there are a few factory drivers out there that seem very intense and intimidating. This makes them come off a bit unapproachable, but let me tell you this, of all the factory drivers I have met, there isn’t a single one that wouldn’t help you out if you have a question about your car, or just want to meet them. As most things in life, timing is everything. If said driver just had a bad run and is fuming. It may be best to give him a few minutes to collect himself before you approach them. If you are fortunate enough to have some factory drivers at your local track, club racing is an excellent time to bombard them with questions. Most of them use club racing for practice and testing, so the chances of them being irked from a bad run are much less.
Whether you are a novice racer, or an up and coming expert, remember the factory drivers are a plethora of knowledge when it comes to racing. Have common courtesy but feel free to approach them at the track. That’s what they are there for.