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Old 09-15-2007, 03:17 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm wondering how do I get a sponsor? Do I have to go to the nats & place 1st in the A-mains? Do I strictly have to use their products? Questions like that. ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED.
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Use the search button, this question is asked about once a month....
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You are going to get a lot of different responses.

But first of all, you need to be someone who is going to benefit a company. Being a sponsored driver, in most cases, is a partnership between the driver and the company. If you want free stuff (or discounted) you have to prove to the company that you are someone they need. I'm guessing your probably a younger racer (maybe 15 or so), and that is going to help you if you stick with racing. Many companies like "young guns" because if a kid does good, people notice. But on the other hand, they know that kids often change their minds a lot, and often tend to not stick with things. So you need to be committed and race/practice consistantly as much as you can. Doing this is win/win because it will also make you a better driver which will lead to a-mains and bigger sponsorship oppurtunities.

Take your time, be patient, and don't worry about the sponsors.
I know it's hard, when I started racing I wanted to be like Josh Cyrul and Brian Kinwald all over the magazines. But to get to where they are takes time and practice.

Also realize that "free doesn't mean fast!" There are times you need to be patient and don't always jump at the first offer given to you. You need a company that won't just financially help you, but also help you get faster and develop your skills.

This next thing is often hard for young people. You need to travel around, attend the big races that you can and talk to people. Become a "people person." Don't be over eager, but introduce yourself to company reps and team drivers. Get them to know your name, so when they hear your name during a race they might come watch you.

Some may disagree with me, but these are principals that I picked up in racing the past 8 years and I have been racing since I was 11.

Go have fun and do your best, that's all that matters.
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...ask yourself WHY you want to be sponsored...

...ask yourself WHY someone SHOULD sponsor you...

...What do YOU have to offer a perspective sponsor?

...too often guys want to be sponsored...just so they can get a discount on STUFF...

...sometimes guys want to be sponsored because they think they are really good...so someone should be PAYING them to race...

Where do you race? Do you present yourself well? Do you have an ability to get guys to BUY what you race...because of the way you race it?

What...in your mind is a "SPONSOR" in RC Racing?

...the better prepared you are to answer these questions...with good answers...the better answer you may get.

above and beyond that...most people get sponsors by WORKING VERY HARD to get them...

Whether by making lots of phone calls, and soliciting themselves...meeting people at races...WINNING regional and larger events...and being very creative. (It usually helps to KNOW people too sometimes)

....once you GET sponsored, be sure it's WHAT YOU WANT...sometimes it's like making a Deal with the Devil
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Thanks guys..... I race at CEFX & I might even go to the nats where ever they are. I started racing when i was 8.......now i'm 11.
Anything else?
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since you race at CEFX.....y not have a talk about this subject with Josh Cyrul?
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Thanks guys..... I race at CEFX & I might even go to the nats where ever they are. I started racing when i was 8.......now i'm 11.
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yeah, Here's something else....
First - You are very fortunate to have that type of place to race.
Second - Don't forget to support the CEFX hobby shop so you can continue to have such a nice place.
Third - Don't worry about sponsors just have fun!
Fourth - Don't bother Josh toooo much...He became a dad for the second time yesterday and will be low on sleep.
It won't be long and CEFX will be packed with the winter onroad crowd and you will see just how fast you are.

Almost forgot...Fourth and FINAL- If you're not having fun I'll know about it!
I race there too. See you in a couple weeks. I'll be the large guy in the Kyosho shirt. Please refrain from yelling "Hey Coolaid!!"
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BEG, HACK and CHEAT!!!
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are there any drug tests?????
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lol on the subject of cheating, i heard theres this guy that can teach you to slow down your perception of time. squash players use him because of how fast the game is. rc is fast too
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Hope you have been racing longer then your 5 forum posts. If your just starting out and are already talking about sponsorships your in for less enjoyable time racing..

Race because you love it.
Race because you like being at the tack
Make friends, help others
Help your club when ever you can
Show a good attitude on and off the track
Race to win for your self not stack a resume.

If you get sponsored be humble, no likes a show off or a guy braggin about his free swag or dicounted parts.

This is a hobby be in it for the fun first.
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since you race at CEFX.....y not have a talk about this subject with Josh Cyrul?
Josh will give you a lot better information than most anyone else here. Just ask him. I'm sure he'll talk to you about the ins and outs of it all.

The most important thing you need to get sponsored, as well as get to Carnegie Hall, is practice, practice, and practice.
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Hope you have been racing longer then your 5 forum posts. If your just starting out and are already talking about sponsorships your in for less enjoyable time racing..

Race because you love it.
Race because you like being at the tack
Make friends, help others
Help your club when ever you can
Show a good attitude on and off the track
Race to win for your self not stack a resume.

If you get sponsored be humble, no likes a show off or a guy braggin about his free swag or dicounted parts.

This is a hobby be in it for the fun first.
Joel, is right. Having fun and helping your local club is key.

I landed my first sponsorship last season and it was mostly because of the two first factors mentioned.

However, you don't want to let your sponsorship get your head too big and also you don't want it to detract from your fun. My sponsorship is just a discount situation, but I still felt the pressure of it in my first two big races as a sponsored guy. They were probably the worst two races of my life!

You're still young. Have fun and improve your skills and do your best to help new guys too! That's probably your best bet towards getting sponsored.

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Also the fast guys dont always get the sponsorship. I woop TurboT regularly

Just jokes..

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Thanks guys..... I race at CEFX & I might even go to the nats where ever they are. I started racing when i was 8.......now i'm 11.
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Dude, you are 11... How about learning to have fun in this HOBBY first... 9 out of 10 kids hit 16 discover real cars, get a GF and never come back to the hobby....
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