R/C Drag Racing
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 Mercadel, had a very special reason for starting the league, his son Joshua. Josh has Asperger’s Syndrome. Even though it has been a challenge at times, Joshua is such a blessing to his family. Josh has never been able to play competitive sports, for a variety of reasons (social cues, peer interaction, coordination issues, etc.), but Mike wanted to find something that he could share with his son, and would also give Josh that sense of participating in a competitive environment. Since the Mercadel’s are a drag racing family (Mike’s 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 way too much for his senses. Fast forward to Christmas 2012. Josh was begging for a particular gift for Christmas….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 of his 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, with 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.
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
• The Jaxon Anthony Memorial Foundation
• 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 inception of DragTrac. Participation numbers by state do not add up to total, it comprises of count of distinct racers at each venue, some racers are counted in each state as they travel.