Longtime Mugen Seiki driver Ronda Drake has joined Team Losi Racing. She now joins husband Adam Drake on TLR’s race team as they prepare for the upcoming 2012 race season and the IFMAR 1/8 Worlds title. In the following interview below with Ronda we ask her if she changed any other sponsors and what classes we might expect to see her compete in for TLR this season.
Radio Control Car Action: Before switching over to TLR, how many years did you run for Mugen?
Ronda Drake: I had been with Mugen Seiki for 7 plus years.
RCCA: With the change to TLR, did you also change any other sponsors?
RD: When I switched to TLR I also had to change from Byrons Fuel to Nitrotane.
RCCA: Now that you are racing for TLR, will you be competing in other classes or will you primarily race only 1/8 nitro classes?
RD: I raced 2wd Buggy and Truck for the first 13 years of my R/C career and so I have a background in 1/10th electric offroad. You just might see me racing a TLR 22. I definitely plan on racing 4WD Short Course and Electric 1/8th Scale. My main focus is 1/8 Nitro Buggy and Truggy.
RCCA: What was Adam’s reaction to joining TLR?
RD: Adam was excited for me to join TLR!
RCCA: How long was the process to make this switch to TLR?
RD: I still maintain a very good relationship with everyone at Mugen Seiki and leaving was one of the hardest things I had to do along with Bobbi at Byrons Fuel.
Looking forward to the 2012 race season!
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