Lutz signs 10-year contract with Durango
Its not unheard of for drivers and companies to spend 10+ years together but from a contractual perspective the longest we know of is usually ~5 years. Ryan Lutz’s (26) decade-long deal dwarfs that and is quite difficult to comprehend the reasons for such a lengthy agreement. Details of the contract aren’t public so its possible there could be some clauses and a mutual break. Most drivers, even good pros usually have a competitive (for lack of a better word) lifespan of around 10 years, the absolute top guys e.g. Aigoin, Pavidis etc. seem to be evergreen and have outlasted their peers.
The news is very much a shock to the system in that whilst it shows a tremendous commitment from Lutz as well as Durango, times change, cars are fast and sometimes cars are slow, times aren’t always rosy. Ten years ago today the MP7.5 was ruling the offroad tracks with designer Yuuichi Kanai as World Champ, Alex Laffranchi European Champ with a Thunder Tiger & Brian Kinwald was reighing ROAR 1/8th buggy champion. 10 years is quite a long time… On the flip side it may turn out to be a good deal depending on the small print, a nice weighty 10-year deal freshly signed is some good security.
“I am extremely excited today to have forged a long term contract with Team Durango. Originally we agreed, in principle, to work together until the end of the 2010 season and we would talk longer term come December. Another thing this offered was the chance to really test the DNX408 and get to know the company before making any decisions. This is why I am so excited to have signed a 10 year contract with Team Durango. In the past three months I have gotten to see how this company operates, and the pride that they take in making top-of-the-line racing vehicles. Their slogan is, “Serious about Racing” and I have never witnessed a company take this more to heart. That is why I am confident that the next 10 years will be wrought with success for both parties involved and why I am proud to put my name alongside Team Durango. In the next 10 years I will do everything I can to help Team Durango make the best R/C cars on the planet, and help make sure their customers are as satisfied as possible with the products they are buying! All-in-all with this deal of a decade in hand I’m ready to get started winning and performing at my best for this company that has put a lot of faith in me! I’m really looking forward to it!”