Ryan Lutz Press Release

In recent months I have been contemplating my career trajectory and what I want to
accomplish by the end of my racing career. I have looked at what pieces of the puzzle I feel
are some of the missing links, and a big one for me is the consistent support system at races
(mechanic / engineer / pit man / ext.). As a primary catalyst, this has resulted in my decision
to leave Team Durango. This was not a decision that I took lightly. As many are aware, 4
years ago I agreed to a ’10 year deal’ with Team Durango. Of course over those 4 years
Durango ownership has changed to Hobbico. In that change, was a change to my contract as
evidence by the “Ryan Lutz resigns with Durango for another year” press release early this
year. Obviously we are not quite at that year but Durango has been gracious in their
understanding, and is allowing me to begin with my new company sooner to prepare for the
upcoming season.

It was an extremely hard decision as i’m very happy with the performance of the new DNX8
buggy. I’ve had some great results with the buggy including 3rd at the ROAR Nationals,
starting 4th on the grid for the IFMAR Worlds A-main, and most recently a win at the Byron
Challenge. I’ve seen the project through almost to its entirety, and I was very excited to see it
coming to fruition. But I feel like the next step for me and my career involves having the
support package that I witness with the likes of Tessman, Cavalieri, and others who are
constantly at the top. That opportunity has presented itself to me and I’ve decided to take it.

I must give Durango and those I’ve worked with a huge thank you for the 4 years of support
and camaraderie. I want to wish them the absolute best of luck with the new platforms as I’m
sure they will be very successful with them.

-Ryan Lutz

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