January 16, 2011

Headed out yesterday to Delta R/C in Antioch for Rd 3 of the Delta R/C Winter series. The current layout is very fast and it’s really a matter of not crashing and tire selection. Tyler Vik was also in attendance and was flying around this track as he usually does. I ended up qualifying second behind Tyler as he put down a blistering time with his SS Wishbone tires. In the main I went with soft Gridirons like I usually do but for whatever reason the track wasn’t abrasive last night and SS was the way to go. The softs were just a little slick and had a small push to them. This made the car very easy to drive but I was about .3 of a second a lap off pace of where I was in qualifying with SS tires. Tyler Vik was on SS and was also on Fire. I think he drove a pretty flawless race and just pulled away from the field. I ended up finishing 2nd, 2 laps down after 20min of racing.
This race reiterated to me how important the right compound of tires is, especially on a small (18 second) indoor clay track. Next time I will be sure to pick the right tire and I hope to give Tyler a run for his money @ Delta.

Delta R/C Winter Series

Durning the course of the day I also allowed 6 other people to drive my new Durango DNX408. It was very satisfying as they all really enjoyed it and said they were very impressed with it! (Then I asked if they had ever driven a buggy with 20-20-6 in the diffs!) haha. They all looked at me in disbelief that, that was the diff set-up in my car. Either way though they were very impressed and I was glad to see it! I’m getting more and more used to the new car and I’m liking it more and more each day! Looking forward to the Midwest Gas Champs next week in Jeffersonville, Ohio!

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Via NeoBuggy.net

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!”

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January 5, 2011

January 5th, 2011

Building a track is HARD work!! Especially by hand. Eric and myself were at it again today and yesterday. The progress is starting to show but we are still a long ways off. The lanes are a bit more narrow that I would like but hopefully it will teach us better control and being more precise with our driving. Were doing a lot of banking and luckily so far the dirt is a nice moist clay and outside of tree roots is very easy to work with!

Here is a couple of  photos of our Progress:

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December 31, 2010

Welcome to the official site of Ryan “Lutzinator” Lutz!

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