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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.

Statistics*

2016
Participants: 249 (TX:158, CA:60, LA:59)
Largest field of car entries: 225

2015
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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Great People!!

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Look forward to every race day so that we can be around such wonderful people. These people are like family to us. And this race league is lots of fun. The best part is seeing the kids smiling faces all the time. Mike & the entire staff always do an outstanding job!!

Bringing family fun to a whole new level

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Joining the RCDRL a few years ago has been a positive experience and adventure for myself and my niece. Their a great group that's all about family and fun in a exciting rc experience you'll enjoy.

How great is this!

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I never knew ANYTHING about RC Drag racing. Not one thing. I have been a friend of Mike and his family since we were teenagers. I came to visit in June and Mike invited me down to the races. To say I was impressed with what I saw is putting it mildly. The work and the dedication that is put into this is OUTSTANDING. I was just a spectator, but from what I could see, all of the participants and officials were enjoying themselves. There were age groups from 6 to 60 racing. They were all very competitive, but also smiling and showing outstanding sportsmanship. That is what I enjoyed seeing. The joy this brought to those participating. As I took it all in, I got kind of teary, because, from what I understand, this started as just a hobby for Mike and his son, and he has turned it into this. This is truly incredible. The RCDRL is truly something the community around it can be proud of.

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