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Old 04-07-2012, 04:15 PM   #1
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Im sort of a new rc racer and i own alot of decent cars and equipment. I was wondering what you have to do or what to compete in to gain sponsorships. Any advice is helpfull!!
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Practice, practice and practice. Be gentle to others on the track and try to win

There are not so many 'full sponsored' drivers (the so called pro's), most 'sponsored drivers' get discount on parts or may test new stuff. It's a hobby for 99% of the people.

Oh yeah, and have some talent.
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I would suggest that having a good attitude towards your racing and fellow racers goes a long way, rather than just race results. I know some great guys that are never going to win world championships, but still get sponsored as they are approachable, and willing to share help and advice regarding the equipment they use.
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I would suggest that having a good attitude towards your racing and fellow racers goes a long way, rather than just race results. I know some great guys that are never going to win world championships, but still get sponsored as they are approachable, and willing to share help and advice regarding the equipment they use.
Used to be a sponsored RC and full size car driver years ago and its like a full time job.
Getting into the A main in big events helps.

Understand that you are representing the company that sponsors you.
Most sponsors will contant you directly.

Wingman2 brings up some very good points.
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Im sort of a new rc racer and i own alot of decent cars and equipment. I was wondering what you have to do or what to compete in to gain sponsorships. Any advice is helpfull!!
Why do you want to be sponsored?
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Being sponsored closes more doors than it opens.
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Being sponsored closes more doors than it opens.
I have to agree. Nothing like having to use something because of a sponsorship contract.
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i want to be sponsored because i love rc and there would be nothing better than having it as my full time job. see the world, hang out with cool people, and build and race cars!!
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i want to be sponsored because i love rc and there would be nothing better than having it as my full time job. see the world, hang out with cool people, and build and race cars!!
Sounds like all the right reasons. What you are looking for is long odds. Much like becoming a professional athlete. Good luck.
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I got sponsored so I could pick up chicks.
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I got sponsored so I could pick up chicks.
How did that work out for ya?
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How did that work out for ya?
Not too good

At least for me. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your viewpoint) none of them lasted very long.

If you want to actually get paid to do this, you need to win big races or get some sort of engineering degree and design stuff for companies.

Just want free stuff, make a big A main every now and then and represent your company well.

Want a 50/50 so you can look cool, just ask nicely. At least I got some free hats and a T-shirt
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i want to be sponsored because i love rc and there would be nothing better than having it as my full time job. see the world, hang out with cool people, and build and race cars!!
That's not being sponsored though, most sponsorship deals are just discounts on equipment. Got a friend who has just changed car sponsor, it meant he has sold his old chassis to help pay for the new sponsors car he got at a 20% discount on full retail price, and he has also had to replace his ESC to match the ESC his new team uses. Got a 10% discount on that one. Being part of the team does mean he can get help from the team at the meeting, but as the company supports anyone using their equipment it just means his sponsorship gets him a bit of a discount. Still has to pay all his own race fees and travel expenses though. If you are good enough to do well at national level then you might be given cars and equipment, but you will usually still have to find your own travel and hotel costs and be expected to go to the big races.

Another driver I know is one of the race team managers for a manufacturer, responsible for developing their cars and attending races supporting the sponsored drivers. He has his expenses covered, but his full time job is not in the industry, all his r/c work is done in his spare time including spending his weekends off work at a track with other team drivers testing setups.

If you want to be employed to race, that's a different situation and needs a lot more work to get, there are so few drivers who are actually employed to race around the world. To get to that stage you have to have the driving ability to get in the top 20 at a national championships. Very few of those drivers are involved in product development though, most spend their weeks manning technical support phones or being sales reps selling the products to hobby shops.

If you want to design and build cars as a job, recently Team Associated had a vacancy for a mechanical engineer. The requirements for the job were a degree in Mechanical Engineering, design experience with Solidworks software and RC driving and/or racing experience. Almost all other companies would have similar requirements, and having a mechanical engineering degree and cad software experience are considerably more important than any driving ability, after all they aren't short of drivers they can use to test the products.
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