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The Radio Controlled Drag Racing League (RCDRL) was founded in March of 2013 with the desire to provide the young, young at heart, and those with special needs the opportunity to enjoy and compete in the thrill of drag racing competition.

League founder, Michael (Mike) Mercadel, had a very special reason for starting the league: his son Joshua (Josh).

Josh has Asperger’s Syndrome and while it has been a challenge at times, he is a blessing to his family. Josh has never been able to play competitive sports due to issues related to his condition: social cues, peer interaction, coordination, etc. However, Mike wanted to find something that he could share with his son that would also give Josh the opportunity to participate in a competitive environment.

Prior to the start of RCDRL, the Mercadels, Mike and Kelly, were a seasoned drag racing family. Their older daughter, Rebekah, was a NHRA Junior Drag racer during her teenage years. Mike thought this could also be an outlet for Josh. Josh, however, wanted no part of it. Driving the cars was overload for his senses. Then in 2012, the start of a new adventure began to unfold.

During the Christmas season, Josh begged for a particular gift: a radio-controlled race car. Seeing how much Josh wanted this and the enthusiasm he seemed to have for it, Mike went for it and bought him the car, the newly released TRAXXAS Funny Car. He also bought one for himself so they could race together. After realizing how much fun he and Josh were having racing each other, Mike convinced a friend and his son to join in on the fun.

At that point, the wheels started turning in Mike’s head, and he thought how cool would it be to get a few families together and start a league. And, with that, the RCDRL was born! What started as a hobby for a father and his son is, as of today, a complete league that encompasses three states, Texas, Louisiana, and California, with about 350 registered participants and about 200 current paid memberships.

“We not only do this because it’s fun, but because we can offer a platform that allows everyone to compete on an equal level” says Mike.

Giving Back

We also take a special interest in helping those around us. The RCDRL makes contributions on a regular basis to charities such as:
• Autism Speaks
• Coleson’s F.R.O.G.
• National Children’s Cancer Society
• Plus many others

We believe in giving back and helping others. We have the benefit of having fun and loving what we do; and being able to help those in need is a large part of that.


Participants: 249 (TX:158, CA:60, LA:59)
Largest field of car entries: 225

Participants: 203 (TX:95, CA:48, LA:62)
Largest field of car entries: 106

*Stats are since the inception of DragTrac. Participation numbers by the state do not add up to total unique participants because some racers are counted in each state as they travel. Participants comprise the count of distinct racers at each venue.

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About Us Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.8 based on 18 reviews
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One thing that impresses me, is the diversity of the league. Regardless of race, age, sex, or experience.. all are treated equally… As a racer. You have 6-year-olds racing 60-year-olds. You have people that have just bought their first R/C, and people that have been racing for 30 years. Girls and women are welcome to come as well as the guys. 20 mph cars to 100+ mph Basically, if you have a hobby grade R/C .. There is a category for you. With all that diversity one thing everyone has in common -- a willingness to help anyone that asks for help

Awesome group

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I wanna say something about this group of racer's and family. This is one of the most down to earth, friendly, and greatest group of RC people I've ever been around. I've been around, in and out of RC racing for over 20 years, racing everything from off-road, concrete and carpet on road, and dirt ovals. But I've been to 2 of y'all's events for a few hours each time, because of prior commitments, but everyone has always made me feel very welcomed, and has always answered any questions I've asked. Thank you everyone in the RCDRL family, you LADIES and GENTLEMEN are awesome. Look forward to actually getting to spend the whole day with y'all at the next event, God bless.

Best Race Ever Attended!

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The RC Drag Racing community came together to celebrate the life of a true legend... Hall of Famer... Mr. Jim Schauer.. AKA... Rainman. All I can say is that the RCDRL lived up to it's reputation. This was hands down the best race I have ever been to in the past 20 years. Mike Mercadel and his crew were on top of everything all day and I have to give a big shout out to them. You guys were awesome. My good friend was looking down on us all smiling. First I would like to thank Mike and his family for everything from a wonderful dinner to a perfect race day. I would like to thank the officials, you guys were on point all day and I would like to thank all the racers who showed up, you made this weekend shine for a true legend we will surely miss. lastly, but not least I would like to thank Jerry Shields for all his help this weekend tracking my car down and Jimmy's Wife Donna Stanlake Sebo Schauer and Daughter Cheyenne Wepking for coming and supporting our favorite guy, Jim Schauer.

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