September 23, 2013

Track Focus – Silver Dollar R/C Raceway


Track Name – Silver Dollar R/C Raceway
Owner – A-Main Hobbies
Country – USA
Location – Chico, California
Direction – Clockwise
Surface – Dirt
Previous key events hosted – 2013 US Electric Offroad Nationals

The 15th running of the IFMAR 1:10 Electric Offroad World Championships takes place over the next 7-days in Chico, California, at the Silver Dollar R/C Raceway which is only in existence a year & a half.  Owned by A-Main Hobbies, the track came about simple out of the passion for racing of company founder Kendall Bennett who 7-years ago set up the now giant online r/c retailer.  Having catered for the electric racing community with an indoor track that took up part of the A-Main Hobbies warehouse, which is located just a short distance away, Bennett wanted to create a new facility that would allow the hosting of major events.  Talking to A-Main Hobbies team manager Marty Korn about the facility he said his boss went all out making a ‘huge investment’ never with the intention to make money from it but to give racers a great facility to race at.

Landing the World Championship and ‘fortunately’ the US Nationals, Korn said preparations have been intense with daily meetings of between 17-25 staff members over the last four months.  Since hosting the Pre Worlds he added it has been a very step learning curve for the ‘giant staff’.  Its been all hands on deck pointing out that staff have embraced new roles for the Worlds, giving the example that one of their Customer Service Managers has been tasked with looking after the Tyre Tech area, continuing that every aspect of the event has been gone through ‘so many times’ to ensure everyone knows their role to ensure a successful event. Looking to the future the annual Labor Day Shootout will be one of the track’s main events but looking longer term Korn said their goal is to host the 2016 1:8 Offroad World Championships.

Since hosting the Pre-Worlds, the track is now on it fourth layout change with former Norcal Hobbies owner Kevin Jelick the man responsible for designing the track which will decide the 2013 World Champions.  Unfortunately yesterday (Saturday) it rained heavily in Chico but Korn said it didn’t hurt the track only the finished surface.  A ‘sugar track’, he said they will have to prepare the surface for tomorrow’s (Monday) opening day of practice.  Having evolved the process of sugaring the track since the Pre-Worlds he said they now have the method ‘dialed’ with the plan to put the sugar down just after sunset follow a full rolling of the track.  As a result the start to Day 1 of the event has been delayed by 3-hours and will see practice reduced to seven runs for the day, the last one of which will be the first round of controlled timed practice.  For the record the Pre-Worlds, a very different and more open track to what awaits drivers tomorrow, it was HB’s Ty Tessman who won both classes, while at the ROAR Nationals held in August he took the 4WD win while TLR’s Dakotah Phend taking the 2WD title.

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