on winning the ROAR truggy
national title. Is this the biggest
win of your career?
Taylor James: Yeah, I’d say it’s
the biggest win. It definitely means the
most. The one race that comes close is my
win at the Nitro Challenge. At that race it
was a big deal because of the stuff that
went on behind the scenes in getting the
truck ready. Jay Halsey had to get stuff
made, and it was a big scramble before
the race. How it all came together meant a
lot. It was cool to come out with a new
truck and have it win right out of the gate.
RCCA: After winning a National
Championship, do you feel like taking a
break, or are you more amp’d to race?
TJ: I am more amp’d to go out and race. I
actually got to take a break because I just
started school, which I need to focus on.
I’ll take a break until the Worlds warmup,
and that will be nice.
RCCA:We all know you’re one of the top
nitro racers, but what do you do in your
spare time when you aren’t racing?
TJ: School is my biggest priority, I go to
class every day, and that takes up most of
RCCA: Did the X2 feel completely different
from the old truck the first couple times
you drove it?
TJ: I’d say yes. There was a lot of stuff
that felt different. It doesn’t look that different, but it feels totally different. With a
lot more weight forward and the truck a lot
longer, it handled a lot better. The old truck
had a lot of weight transfer from front to
back, which slowed it up in corners. The
X2 is better in the corners, and the bigger
shocks definitely make it better in the
I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE THAT IT ISN’T
OVER UNTIL I CROSS THE FINISH LINE.
RCCA: Kyosho’s Ryan Lutz was nearly a
second a lap faster than everyone else on
the first day of qualifying. What was being
said about his speed in the Jammin’ pits?
TJ: I think everybody was pretty worried.
We were all scratching our heads. I know
for me the first day didn’t go so well. On
the second day of qualifying, I knew I
would be faster. We made changes to the
truck, and I knew it would be better. When
I TQ’d a round, it gave me a big boost of
my time. I am going to buy a new Honda
Civic, so that has been a priority recently.
LAST BIG WIN: ROAR Truck Nationals (truggy class) SPONSORS: Jammin’ Products, OFNA, Werks Racing, O.S,
Futaba, Pro-Line, Avid, 247 Design Works, Team Helotes FAVORITE CEREAL: don’t each much cereal, but Cheerios
is my favorite
FAVORITE CANDY: I guess Butterfingers
FAVORITE NON-RC BRAND:
Honda: I’m about to buy a new Civic SI
RCCA: When you finally found the setup
for the truck on the second day of qualifying, did you instantly know that you had a
chance at the title?
TJ: Yes. After I TQ’d the one round, I
talked to Jay and told the team that I
thought we had a truck that could win. I
knew we would be towards the front and
had a good chance at winning, whether it
was myself, Chad Bradley or Gary Guest.
RCCA: What are five things most people
don’t know about Taylor James?
TJ: A lot of people don’t know that I am
going to school for engineering; I don’t just
race, and that’s it. I want to do something
after racing. Unfortunately, my football team
is the Kansas City Chiefs, and I think they’re
going to suck this year. I like to play poker a
lot, and my friends and I get together to play
a few times a month. I really like to travel and
will sometimes stay for weeks after races to
check out the areas we travel to. The traveling is one of the biggest reasons I race. I am
really into the UFC and MMA (mixed martial
arts) fighting. My poker friends and I usually
get together to watch the fights.
RCCA: During the Main event, when did
you feel that you had the national title
in the bag?
TJ: I really didn’t think at any point
that I had it in the bag. I know from
experience that it isn’t over until I
cross the finish line. At the
Manufacturers’ Cup, I had a lap
lead with not much time to go, and I
lost that race when I broke. That race was
in the back of my mind the entire Main
event. I knew it wasn’t over until it was
RCCA: You’re a natural racer, but are
there people you would like to thank who
have helped you reach your goals?
TJ: Definitely. First and foremost, I would
have to thank my Dad. He got me involved
in racing a long time ago. He has helped
me get to where I am today. I think it’s
pretty cool because a lot of people don’t
have good relationships with their fathers.
I want to thank Jay Halsey because he
puts a lot of effort into everything. He is
amazing. I also want to thank people at my
local track, Real RC. Those guys have
always supported me and helped me out. I
want to thank the Jammin’ team. In the
last year, I think we’ve come together and
have become a close group of friends.