2014 ROAR 1/10 Electric Off-Road Nationals - TLR Report

The 2014 ROAR 1/10 Electric Off-Road Nationals took place at Space Coast RC Raceway this past weekend and what a weekend for our entire team of drivers. Team Losi Racing was in the house sweating it out with the best of the best to see could be crowned a National Champion. After multiple practice rounds, seeding rounds, qualifying runs and the Mains here is where it all shook out.

In the hottest class of the weekend, even though the entire building was HOT, 'dePhending" 2013 2WD ROAR National Champion Dakotah "The Phenom" put on a clinic for all drivers taking the TQ honors in qualifying. Early struggles in A1 caused Dakotah to drop back in the pack. Dakotah put his head down and drove with skill and determination to put himself and his mid-motor 22 2.0 in position to be able to make a very impressive last lap pass to take the win in the first main. Dakotah got off to a much better start in A2 and would not be denied as he successfully defended his 2013 Championship by winning this year as well. Another unique factor to this back-to-back championship for both Dakotah and the 22 2.0 Buggy is that Dakotah has won the last two ROAR Championships with both the rear motor and mid-motor configurations!

The Pro Truck class had a stacked list of heavy hitters that have seen their fair share of podiums finishes but Dakotah showed them how to make it happen and he did just that. Dominating in practice and in the practice seeding rounds Dakotah lined up second on the qualifying grid. From the tone Dakotah would get out front quick in both A1 and A2 and never looked back. This marked his second National Championship of the weekend with his Team Orion-powered 22T Truck.

Continuing to put his stamp on the event Dakotah also TQed the 4WD Modified Buggy class in dominating
fashion with his orange and blue TLR 22-4 Buggy. Not only was Dakotah flying, teammates Ryan Maifield and JR Mitch also had exceptional weekends, with JR also taking a round TQ. The competition was fierce and Dakotah fought hard in the mains. After finishing second in the first A-main Dakotah battled back to win the second A-main and force a third to determine the overall National Champion. Dakotah would fall a bit short in taking the trifecta, finishing third in the final A-main but locking up second in the overall standings.

In 2WD Short Course truck Team Losi Racing drivers Ryan Maifield, Dustin Evans and JR Mitch all drove spectacularly to place their 22SCT 2.0 trucks in the A-Main. Ryan led the charge in the mains, finishing third, second and winning the final A-main to come home second overall in his first ROAR Nationals appearance since joining the team.

Congrats to all of the Team Losi Racing Drivers and a huge thanks to ROAR and Space Coast Raceway for making this weekend possible!