;is year, Team Associated’s Spencer
Rivkin raced in the Open class at the
Reedy Touring Car Race of Champions
and showed everyone that his talents
aren’t limited to o;-road. He took the first two
rounds of qualifying but then came up second in
qualifying, then second overall in the mains in his
first appearance at the big event. We got a chance
to catch up with the 2WD IFMAR World Champ and
asked him a few questions.
RC Car Action: ;is is your first Reedy TC Race. What made you
want to come out and start racing touring cars?
Spencer Rivkin: Brent [;ielke], Ryan [Cavalieri], and I talked a lot about it,
and since Ryan runs a lot, I have gotten a lot of interest in it. I also talked
with [Brian] Kinwald and other guys that have been around the industry
for a long time, and they told me it would be good to get into. ;ey
explained that it could help my o;-road racing. So whatever can help me
as a driver, I want to do.
What has been the biggest learning curve when switching over to
on-road and, specifically, touring cars?
Being very disciplined through the whole five minutes, especially when
you have the variables like when the tires overheat and you have to back
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it down. If the tires overheat, the car gets loose, and you can lose a lot of
time. Being mentally strong helps, for sure, in the long run.
Moving forward, what are your plans with on-road racing?
I’d like to do the Reedy TC Race every year, the ROAR Nationals, and a
couple of C TS races, but full time, I’m an o;-road racer, so I’ll do a few
races a year and probably a couple of practice sessions here and there in
California. In the future, maybe more. I’m not sure. I’m still pretty young, so
I have a lot of years ahead of me.
What about 1/12 scale or nitro on-road?
Nah, it would just be touring car. I already race nine cars [laughs].