Jake ;ayer is the man behind the hobby-shop counter at OCRC Raceway in Huntington
Beach, California, and is seen in the A-mains
at events like the Reedy Race of Champions.
He puts in a lot of time running his TLR
vehicles at the track, and he’s deeply involved
with TLR’s racing-vehicle development and
testing. We got a chance to sit down with Jake
and ask him a few questions.
RC Car Action: What’s your favorite class?
Jake ;ayer: 4 WD Modified Buggy.
What’s your favorite race?
;e Reedy O;-Road Race of Champions.
What makes OCRC Raceway so special?
OCRC Raceway is one of a kind for a lot of reasons: our
location, the competition we attract, the race program,
and the races we put on. It seems every year our big races
get bigger, and I feel that drives us to get better at what
we do. From the track layouts and surface, the hobby
shop, and making the facility look great, we strive to get
better every day for our customers who come to enjoy
what we put our blood, sweat, and tears into, and that
makes it special for me.
How long have you been racing?
I’ve been racing since August of 2004, so almost 13 years
Do you have any advice for new racers?
It’s easy to get wrapped up in setup, whether you’re a
beginner or seasoned vet. Ask questions. See what the
fast guys are running and put the entire setup on your
car, not half or 2/3. We fill out the entire setup sheet for a
reason! From there, it’s all about track time. If a pro driver
can get around the track with that same setup, it should
be great for you and me. So practice, practice, and when
you’re done practicing, practice more. Track time is—and
will always be—more important than your setup.
Sponsors: TLR, Horizon Hobby, JConcepts,
Hobbywing, Pro Tek R/C, Schuur Speed, StickIt1
Racing, Schelle Racing Innovations, Hobby
Action, Maxline, RC Speed Secrets, MIP, OCRC
Home track: OCRC Raceway, Huntington Beach,