Adam Drake Interview – June 2008

Adam Drake Interview - June 2008 Articles
Everybody knows Adam Drake but I learned something more about him in this interview. This guy is a real pro !!!
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Adam Drake Interview – June 2008 How did you start in R/C racing?
Adam Drake: I started racing when I was 14 years old. I got a Hot Shot when I was 8 or 9, but just played around with it in the backyard. I found out about parking lot racing at a local school and I’ve been hooked ever since. You always been with Team Losi, you race for them since the beginning. How will you explain this long relationship between you and Losi?
Adam Drake: I actually started racing with AE electric cars and trucks, but made the switch to Losi at the end of 1993. Then near the end of 1994 I got picked up by Losi on the 50% team. Losi was my first chassis sponsor. In 2000 I moved to CA. to work for Horizon Hobby / Losi in the R&D department and to help with the nitro program. I’m currently Team Development & Strategist Manager for Losi. Are you feeling part of the Losi family?
Adam Drake: The Horizon / Losi family has been great to me and I’m very proud to be a part of such a great company and family. Besides racing, what are your roles with Losi?
Adam Drake: Besides racing, I work with the engineering team to develop new vehicles and products. I also look over the race team and promotions. Few months ago, Gil Losi Jr left Team Losi, have you ever thought this could happen one day?
Adam Drake: It was very unexpected. Gil and I have worked together for so many years and have a great relationship. Congrats for your 5th place at the 2008 Buggy Nats. How have been the weekend and the race?
Adam Drake: Thanks! The week was awesome! I’m proud to be a part of the Losi / GRP team; we all work great together and had a very successful weekend. We will see you on the podium for the Worlds?
Adam Drake: I hope so! I have been working very hard and doing lots of testing. You are now racing with engines from GRP. Have you been involved in this project from the beginning?
Adam Drake: I wasn’t involved with the GRP engine project in the beginning, but I was able to do a lot of testing before making the switch. The support of everyone at GRP has been unreal. The quality of the product is better then an engine I’ve used. I have more power and better fuel consumption then I thought was possible. You raced almost all classes of R/C vehicles, what’s your favorite class? Why?
Adam Drake: 1/8th Off-Road Buggy (nitro). It’s the premier class and I love the noise. You are with a new girlfriend, any Mugen/Losi fight at home? J Or work is work and home is home?
Adam Drake: LOL! No Losi / Mugen fights, but I do try from time to time to get her to drive my buggy. How many hours do you practice/race per week?
Adam Drake: It really depends on what projects I’m working on and my race schedule, but I try to practice one night per week and club race once per week. What has RC racing taught you over the years?
Adam Drake: Patience and preparation is the most important thing R/C has taught me. Who has most influenced you in your career and why?
Adam Drake: My father has influenced me the most. At a very young age my father taught me that if you are going to do something, do it right and give 100%. In your race career, what is the achievement you are the most proud of?
Adam Drake: 2007 ROAR 1/8th buggy Nationals and the 2006 & 2008 Neo. Any words for those who want to start racing?
Adam Drake: Have fun and try to enjoy every min of it. Also don’t be shy, ask questions if you need help. Before a race, how do you prepare yourself? Do you have any special superstition?
Adam Drake: I always try to watch a couple of races to prepare myself and to checkout the change track conditions. I like to get away for a few minutes to clear my mind. After your race career, where do you see yourself, any specific projects?
Adam Drake: After racing I see myself continuing a career with Horizon Hobby. I love this industry and the company I work for and see myself do this for a very longtime. It is now time to “plug” your sponsors, who are they?
Adam Drake: Team Losi Racing, GRP, Nitrotane,, Airtronics, Spektrum, Lunsford, MIP, JBL, Novak, Upgrade RD, Pacific Coast Hobbies, A Main Bodies, SkipGear, AvidRC, and TKO Who would like to me interview next? A special question for him/her?
Adam Drake: Mike Truhe. What did it feel like when you crossed the line to win the 2008 ROAR Nationals! Thanks for your precious time Adam; it’s been a real pleasure to interview you.
Adam Drake: Thank you, the pleasure is all mine. Adam.

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