Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Along with Jay and Jake, Nabil and Marty will be available to offer setup info and tips out in the field and on the Losi Forum. We're really happy to have these guys join our team and look forward to the feedback they can provide.
Welcome to the team,
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The team arrived at the 2009 Roar Fuel Nationals at Leisure Hours Raceway in Joliet, IL on Tuesday afternoon. We are here in full force with 23 team members attending. When we arrived the track looked really good and smooth. We spent most of the afternoon setting up the Losi pit area.
We woke up Wednesday morning to discover that it had rained for most of the night. When we got to the track we found that it had rained more than we thought, we could hardly get our car into the dirt lot to park. They ended up pushing practice back until noon which was not bad. The day ended up being a good day for the team. They ran two rounds of practice in heats, which I thought was the right thing to do since they started late and there were a good amount of people there.
The team mainly just focused on getting the track down. There are a couple of spots on the track that are a bit technical with some jumps in corners, and a very large jump in the center on the track. By the end of the day they all had it down pretty well. The track at the end of the day was very hard packed and grooving-up nicely. It looked as if it would hold up nice all week.
DAY TWO - Thursday July 16, 2009
We had no rain Wednesday night which was nice. Thursday's practice was run by ROAR, which means they set up new heat sheets. We are not sure if these are going to be the qualifying heats for Friday and Saturday. They ran two hours of open practice in the morning, one hour for truggy and one hour for buggy. The track was still looking good and grooving up more and more.
So they all tried different tires throughout the day, with Billy and Casey liking the Losi red Eclipse on buggy and Bowfighters on the truggy. Mike is liking the Bow Tie all the way around his buggy and Bowfighters on the truggy. Adam is using the Caliber on both his buggy and truggy. Most of the other team members are running the Losi Eclipse's in Red.
Mike and Adam seemed to be the to fastest on the track today with 32 sec lap times. Billy and Phillip are right there with those times but not as consistent throughout the day. This could have been because Billy and Phillip tried a lot of tires throughout the day. Everyone seemed to be happy with the cars today and is looking forward to qualifying tomorrow.
The track started to break-up at the end of the day, and looked to be getting a little slower in the last couple of heats today. As we started packing up our stuff to head back to the hotel we had a big storm come through that put a lot of water down on the track. This will change a lot for Friday's qualifying. We will have to see what happens tomorrow.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Onto the racing. Our team did well in the qualifying. Truhe and Evans put their XXX-4's and XXX-T CR's into the A-Main in 4wd Modified and Truck Modified respectively. In 2wd Modified Truhe, Evans, and Fischer placed their XXX-CR's in the A-main. I ended up placing my XXX-CR in the Super Stock Buggy Main in P4.
A MAIN 1-LOSI SCORES AWESOME RESULTS
TRUHE WINS A1 IN 4WD MODIFIED AND 3RD IN 2WD MODIFIED!!!! EVANS 5TH IN TRUCK MODIFIED! HODGE 2ND IN SUPER STOCK BUGGY!
Friday, July 10, 2009
First round of qualifying the track had substantially less grip than we saw on Wednesday during practice. Generally at HRH the the weather is extremely hot around 100+ degrees however this year we have a comfortable 85 degree weather. Qualifying is based on best 2 out of 4 qualifying points so every run counts as well as consistency. Here are our results after the first day of qualifying. The tire of choice in 2wd is Red BK Bars on the rear and Silver Taper Pin front tires. In truck it is Red Taper Pins on the front and rear. 4wd we are using Red BK Bar on the rear and Red Taper Pin fronts. The whole team is using 2 stage inserts on the rear of all of our cars and the front of 4wd.
The 2nd Round of qualifying definitely had a lot more traction. The sun finally came out and started heating up the track. However in 2wd we ended up running under the lights and finishing around 8:45pm.
Hopefully tomorrow we can improve. The guys are getting more and more confident each run.
Btw, the famous Matt Francis made it into town for a special occassion tomorrow. More details to follow tomorrow.
As for me and my resurgence into electric offroad today went relatively well. I managed a 3rd in Super Stock 2wd in Round 1. I believe a 5th or 6th in round 2. In 2wd modified....yeah I need more practice.
I just saw that our European team qualified really well in Austria at the 1.8th Offroad European Championships. We have 1 8IGHT 2.0 in the Semi Final Odd and 3 8IGHT 2.0's in the Semial Final Even. I wish them all the best tomorrow...actually they are probably at the track right now starting their day of racing considering they are 8+ hours ahead of us.
Time for bed, it is 11:30pm....over and out.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
There are a few hours of open practice tomorrow morning from 6 to 8am. Then we go into 2 rounds of qualifying with 6 minute qualifiers. As of tonight there are about 300 entries and they will be taking entries until 8am tomorrow so we may see well over 350 entries.
Truhe is back at the hotel working on his 8IGHT 2.0 right now getting it ready for next weeks 1.8th ROAR National. Can Losi make a three in a row? Adam Drake 2007 ROAR National Champion, Mike Truhe 2008 ROAR National Champion, ???? ????? 2009 ROAR National Champion.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tomorrow is controlled practice with qualifying starting on Friday and continuing on Saturday. Sunday will be all Mains. Two Time World Champion and Losi Driver Matt Francis is coming in for the weekend for a special event at Hot Rod Hobbies. I kind of have an idea of what it is all aboutI and I will keep you informed on what happens so stay tuned.
In 2wd we have been working on some great setups that have been working really well. It is a slight departure from what we have ran in the past and I will get setups posted to http://www.losi.com/ next week.
Talk to you all soon.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Lately I have been doing a little crawling with my new comp crawler. I have to say this is a fun, and relaxing way to enjoy rc. From the get go the comp crawler has been a blast for me to learn to crawl with. The dig option sure seems to get the truck in and out of some of the toughest obstacles.
My painter and long time racer Greg Carrol from Greg's Graf-x, has built a challenging crawling course in his back yard for some friendly competitions. The course includes a couple of man made canyons, a rope bridge, a vert drop to start you off and even an over-under to keep you on your toes. Greg has had to tighten up the gates and make the course a bit harder since getting his losi. I thought I would share some pics from one of the backyard comps. (notice the cool green paint job on my rig)
I would like to congradulate Richard and his team of die hard crawlers for putting in all of the hard work it takes to put out a great vehicle like this one. Great job guys! Keep up the good work.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Hello Losi race fans!
The last couple of weeks have been super hot out here in sunny Arizona. But this never seems to stop us crazies from racing!
The Summer series at the Nitro Pit kicked off last weekend and drew a large crowd to do battle the AZ Nitro way. In spite of the 108 temps racers from all over came out to kick off this years series. To spice things up a bit we use a starting gate for the summer series. This adds plenty of excitement to the program and is quite fun.
Both of my 2.0 vehicles were up for the challenge and I was able to secure the TQ in both classes. As the sun went down the temps began to be a bit more bearable and by main time it was quite nice out. The expert buggy main was a hard fought battle between myself and fellow team mate Chris Wheeler. Chris drove a great race and he was rewarded with the 20 lap win, good job Chris!
Gates starts for truggy are always a blast and the one for this main did not disappoint. I got a decent start, was able to take over the lead on the first lap and never looked back. Thanks to Billy Fischer for some new set up ideas that have made my truggy the best its been. I am looking forward to the up coming Roar fuel Nats to see how we stack up to the competition.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
So about those courses... We all know that Parker is a madman, but this year he really went all out. Water, mud, sand, cables, bridges, banners, and courses that made you drive 100 yards or more were just some of the challenges. Oh, and throw in a 6 minute time limit and some very inviting bonus lines and you have the WCC.
After practicing on Friday, I knew I had to make a few changes to get my rig to where I wanted it. The rock at Donner Ski Ranch is tricky, it has tons of traction in places, and zero traction in other places. I slapped on a brand new set of Comp Claws and took an ounce out of each rear tire in hopes of finding a little more forward bite... and it worked! My Losi felt like it was glued to the rocks!
The level of competition at the WCC was just incredible. The best drivers in the US were there and putting up low scores all over the place. I drove pretty conservatively on day 1 and didn't attempt any bonuses, but I did finish all 4 courses with a total of -53 points. This put me solidly in 2nd place but just a few points ahead of some incredibly talented drivers.
Day 2 the courses were even tougher and I did my best just to keep putting in negative scores. Time management was huge and I watched several great drivers put in great runs only to time out just inches from the finish. I was definitely in the zone on Sunday and I took on the bonus lines on all 4 courses, netting me a score of -69, and a total of -122 for the weekend!
Going into the final 10 shootout, I knew I needed a good run. Grover and Kolby were only a few points behind me and any mistake could knock me out of the final 5 shootout. The course had a 3 minute time limit, and was absolutely brutal. I struggled a bit on gate 1, but managed to finish with just seconds to spare... keeping me in 2nd place.
The final 5 shootout course was awesome. It was a crazy combination of water, mud, bridges, boudaries, and crowds. I felt like the entire RC crawling community was watching when I stepped up to drive.
I ran a perfect -10 in the finals course and locked in my 2nd place finish. Jake H. was on his game all weekend and there was no chance for me to catch him. I might have had a shot had I been more aggressive on day 1, but even then he would have been tough to beat. He is a great driver and competitor, and I feel that he's stepped up his driving a lot too... oh well, time to practice more
All and all, it was one incredible weekend of wheeling at one of the coolest compsites in the world. I went into Donner on a mission, and I don't feel that I let anyone down. I wanted to show the world what the Losi rig was capable of and I wanted to honor my dad on the rocks the only way I know how. I know he was there watching too... I ran the 022 stickers all weekend and certainly felt like he was right there with me.
For now, I've got to figure out how to get all that mud off my rig and then its back to the rocks for more practice. The Vanquish LaGuerra en Rocas Rojo event in Colorado is two weeks away and the next battle is always just over the horizon...
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The Losi team was charging hard with Dakotah Phend just about stopping Maifield from winning the ROAR Champoinship in Mod truck. Everyone here cannot wait to see what Dakotah does in the last A3 of Mod Truck; it should be good.
Be sure to look for results here on the Losi blog. I will post the Mod Buggy, and Mod 4wd Buggy is the next race.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Check out the mains!!! Matt Chambers, Dustin Evans and Mike Truhe put their Team Losi Racing Xcelorin-powered cars in all three modified mains. Dakotah Phend was the talk of the pits with his blazing fast runs in Mod Truck and Mod 4WD Buggy with his Xcelorin powered 4WD buggy and 2WD truck in the main. Billy Fischer also put his Xcelorin-powered modified truck in the main. Look for updates tomorrow.
Friday, June 26, 2009
We are done for the day. The team did really well with Dustin Evans on top after two rounds of 4WD. Dakotah Phend was the talk of the pits after getting second for Round 2. I think everyone needs to watch out for Dakotah tomorrow, he just gets faster and faster every time he is on the track. Matt Chambers is looking really good for tomorrow, and Mike Truhe's first round today was good but he had some problems in 2WD truck and 2WD buggy. Billy Fischer is getting faster and faster each time he hits the track. People should be looking for him to be at the top of the field tomorrow. I have been trying to blog some video but having some problem with this. I think there are too many people on the web in the building. I will try to post some tonight, so look for an update in the morning.
In the truck class Dakotah Phend finished in 3rd, Mike Truhe in 4th, Dustin Evans in 6th, Matt Chambers in 8th and Billy Fischer in 14th. In 4wd Dustin Evans was really fast and finished in 2nd, Mike Truhe in 3rd, Billy Fischer in 12th, Matt Chambers in 15th and Dakotah Phend in 16th.
Round two is getting started right now. I plan to get some more video posted so look for more updates later today. Good Luck Team Losi!
Well practice has ended and we anticipate good weather going into tomorrow. The track has started to groove without getting too many bumps, and in some spots the track is even starting to break-up a bit.
Most of the faster lap times stayed in the 30 sec/lap time range for 2WD Truck, and some of the really fast guys are running 28 sec/lap. If the track does not break-up too much, everyone should be able to maintain at these rates. I will post another update tomorrow after round one of qualifying.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The track is coming in really nice today. The surface is starting to groove-up a bit, and the tires to use are the Losi IFMAR Pin treads. Mike Truhe is looking very fast in 4WD and Dustin Evans is extremely fast in 2WD. So far today we have completed two rounds of practice and the final round is starting right now. I will post another update after this final round, along with some video of the team.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Here is a video of Mike Truhe running his XXX-T CR truck. In this video Mike was running 30 second lap times, which seemed to be the fastest lap time of the day.
I think the track will get a little faster tomorrow. There were a couple of spots on the track that were still a little wet and would slow the vehicles when their chassis hit the ground. Tomorrow the team will be running three, six minute heats during practice. It will be nice to get this extra round of practice since most of the today's practice was rained out. The team is feeling really good about tomorrow, as they should have a good starting set-up.
The HobbyTown USA here in Omaha is outstanding. They have everything you need to get started in the hobby. They have a really nice outdoor track, as well as a really clean indoor carpet track with a nice pit area that will accommodate several people. If you want to slow things down, they also have nice indoor and outdoor rock crawling tracks. So what I'm trying to say is if you are ever in Omaha, be sure to stop by their HobbyTown USA!
Well I am off to bed. Be sure to look for additional updates tomorrow.
Well the rain stopped and we were able to practice for about five hours today. The whole team was looking good with Dustin and Mike putting in some of the fastest laps of the day. I got a couple of runs in today and the track was so much fun; it is really nice to be running on a track surface other than blue groove this year.
Check out the video of Dustin above, I will be posting another video of Mike running his truck tonight. Check back tomorrow for more updates!
Well the Losi Team has made it to Omaha for the Electric Nationals, and it looks as though we will be up against some nice hot weather. Late in the afternoon yesterday we had one of the worst storms that I have ever been in. The track seems to be soaking up the water fast, and we should be able to start practice around noon today as long as we don't get anymore rain.
The team is looking forward to running on this track, especially since we have not been on a track like this in a long time. A lot of the races last year featured a blue groove track, and this track is more of a loose track. From what we can see it will be an all-Losi tire weekend. I will be sending updates throughout the day so keep checking back often.
Monday, June 22, 2009
The team is doing some last minute practicing for the Electric Nationals in Omaha. The Losi team will be there in full force with Mike Truhe, Billy Fischer, Dustin Evans, Matt Chambers and Dakota Phend.
If you are attending this year's Nationals please be sure to stop by the Losi tent and say Hi. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Hello Losi race fans!
In the last month I have been busy building a couple of offroad tracks and recouping from a nasty Flu. But I was able to attend the 2nd annual Nitrocross State Championships. The event is held at the world famous Nitro Pit and includes gate motocross style starts and a unique qualifying format. This years attendance almost doubled last years and made for some exciting racing.
My good friend and fellow team mate Billy Fischer was the man to beat and proved it by Tqing both pro Buggy and Truggy classes. I thought I had a little something for him but he was pretty much perfect throughout the day and all I had was not good enough. Both of my 2.0 vehicles were awesome and I was able to qualify 2nd in truggy but a tangle with lapped traffic took me out of the race and ended any chances of a podium finish.
In buggy I had a rough time in qualifying and transfer ed out of the simi with Losi driver Clint Wachter. This landed us in the 9th and 10th spot on the grid.
Local Losi driver's Chris Wheeler was awesome in the qualifying and ended up starting right behind Fischer. New Losi team drivers Trevor Clement and Charles Hicks qualified well and set up the 20 lap main for a possible Losi podium sweep.
When It was all said and done Billy ran a flawless race and took the win without too much of a fight, I was able to battle back to a second with Mike Morales rounding out the podium.
I am looking forward to the upcoming ROAR fuel Nationals in July and would like to see a Losi on top once again.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I went into our Socalrcrc series finals over the weekend tied for 1st overall in the series. The pressure was on, and some of the best drivers in the club were within striking distance. The courses were very technical and I knew one mistake could drop me right out of the top 5 for the series. I've been putting in a lot of extra hours practicing with the Losi, and it paid off.
I ran all 3 courses with one total penalty point Two perfect scores, and one course with one reverse gave me a total of -22 for the day! It was easily enough for 1st place in the comp, and enough to wrap up the 2008-2009 Socalrcrc series title. Drivers in our club have really stepped up their game, and I'm proud to have been able to put the 2.2 Losi on top
As always, I have thank Rich and everyone else from Losi who has helped me along the way. These guys have put in countless hours designing the new rig, and its paying off. With the first shipment just days away from finally reaching you guys, I'm really not looking forward to having to compete against them on course
For now, I'm off for more practicing. The WCC is right around the corner, and with this rig I will be a force to be reckoned with. I can't wait for my chance to represent Losi and Socalrcrc against the best the world has to offer...