Team Durango Pro drivers, Carson Wernimont and Travis Amezcua, report from last weekend’s ‘2012 Team Durango Northeast Indoor Champs’ race at Maximus R/C raceway.
The ‘2012 Team Durango Northeast Indoor Champs’ race was supported by Hobbico. Team Durango t-shirts were handed-out to all drivers, and with 153 racers entered for the event, it was going to be a great race.
Thanks must go out to Heath Jackson, who is one of the track owners. Heath helped set the whole event up in just one month. Heath owns two hobby shops within 5 miles of each other, and one of his shops is at the track so it can support racers for their spares.
As well as t-shirts, Team Durango kits were given to winners of the raffle and one lucky racer was chosen by Travis and Carson to join Team Durango as a new team driver.
Both Carson and Travis raced the 2WD buggy class with their DEX210 buggies. Travis also raced 4WD Short Course with his DESC410v2, whilst Carson raced 2WD Short Course with his DESC210R.
2WD Buggy (DEX210)
Travis and Carson had a fairly good showing in this class. In qualifying Carson would set the early TQ in round 1, but then Travis went slightly faster in the following two rounds putting their Team Durango DEX210 buggies in 1st and 2nd positions on the grid. In the main event they both got a good start, but a traction roll by Carson on the second lap would set him way back. Travis then lead for a while, but local fast guy Mike Wilder eventually got by. Carson made a late charge and was able to catch up to Travis again but a few bobbles towards the end of the race would keep him in third position, and that’s how it ended with Travis in 2nd and Carson in 3rd.
Both of their cars were very fast. People were coming up the whole weekend and asking set-up questions and just saying how amazing the Team Durango DEX210 buggies looked on, and off, the track. Both Pro drivers were really happy to help out and answer as many questions as they could.
2WD Short Course (DESC210R)
Carson pretty much dominated this class the whole week. His car set-up was straight off the track from the Reedy Truck Race and from the minute he threw it down he was running lap times that were as fast as the 2WD Modified Buggy class! In qualifying Carson TQ’d all three rounds, so he started on pole for the main event. In the main event he got a good jump and just checked-out early. By the end of the main he had over a lap and-a-half on the entire field.
After the race, a bunch of people went over to speak to Carson. They said how the DESC210R was the best 2WD Short Course they had ever seen go around a track. The truck was a huge hit at this race.
4WD Short Course (DESC410v2 / DESC410Rv2)
Travis dominated this class pretty much the same way that Carson did with 2WD. Travis’s DESC410v2 was ‘dialled’ right out of the gate. He had no issues with anything. Once again, customers with their DESC410v2 and DESC410Rv2 trucks where coming over to Travis to ask set-up questions after watching his races. Travis was more than happy to help.
Both Pro drivers agreed that this race was a really cool deal. Just to see how pumped people were to meet and hang out with two of the Team Durango Pros. Both racers really appreciated the opportunity to give-away the raffle kits supplied by Hobbico, because the winners were all young RC fans, who will undoubtedly become the future generation of R/C racers.
One of the other reasons for Travis and Carson going to the ‘2012 Team Durango Northeast Indoor Champs’ at Maximus R/C raceway was to scout a driver for that region. They found the perfect person. His name is Robbie Lennerd. He is 15 years old and they knew he would be perfect for the Team after the first time they talked to him. Robbie has a great personality that everyone likes, he talks to everyone at the track, and makes sure his cars are all prepped, cleaned and ready to race, and on top of this he is a wheel! He was very excited to start running for Team Durango.
At the end of the race, people said it was an awesome show that the Pros put on, with Travis’s display of the old-school smooth driving and Carson’s new-school way of driving – letting it all ‘hang out’, throwing big whips off of the jumps; everyone said it was just amazing to watch.
It was a really fun event. Travis and Carson had some time after the event to hang-out more with the Team Durango owners at the race. Everyone agreed it should become an annual event. Thanks to everyone involved for making it a truly memorable race. Roll on 2013!