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By Tyler Hooks

Future Stars of RC is a regular column on LiveRC where Tyler Hooks has a conversation with fellow up-and-coming racers across the country, covering youth-friendly topics such as school subjects, watching TV, throwing huge whips and, of course, relationships. 



Scotty Ernst and I had the pleasure of announcing the 2020 Dirt Nitro Challenge and one name consistently at the top of the leaderboards was Jermaine Robinson, a young HB Racing driver with a ton of talent from the West Coast. We caught up with him after his Intermediate Nitro Buggy win at Nitro Challenge.

Name: Jermaine Robinson
Age: 13
Sponsors: HB Racing, Proline Racing, MKS Servos, J&T Bearing Co, Flash Point, VRP, Cen Cal Hobbies

TH: When did you first begin racing?
JR: I started racing a Slash my Dad gave me for my birthday. My first race was at Hemet Raceway.

TH: What is your biggest racing accomplishment?
JR: My win in Intermediate Buggy at the 2020 DNC.

TH: What is your worst racing failure?
JR: My results at the 2017 Silver State. I had the speed to win both buggy and truggy, but broke both cars in the main.

TH: Where do you attend school, and what is your goal for a future occupation?
JR: I am finishing up 8th grade at Williams Middle School. I’d like to become a Mechanical Engineer.

TH: Do you have a girlfriend or boyfriend?
JR: Not right now.

TH: What is your favorite class for school and racing?
JR: My favorite class in school is Science. My favorite racing class is 1/8 nitro buggy.

TH: What do you think of the old saying “girls just get in the way of racing?”
JR: It sure seems so. I’ve seen a lot of good racers quit after meeting a girl.

TH: What is your real dream car?
JR: Porsche GT2 RS. Must have all the manuals.

TH: Huge whips, driving absolutely flat out or more calculated driving, smoother on the throttle?
JR: Huge whips, for the kids of course.

TH: Action Sports or Conventional sports, what do you follow in your free time?
JR: I follow basketball. And I love to ride my scooter.

TH: This comes after your big win at the DNC, how was that weekend as a whole?
JR: The weekend started off pretty good. I had solid runs in qualifying. Then the rain came, and it kinda threw me off a bit. I didn’t really go through my truck like I should have, and I had a failure in the main. But I recovered nicely on Sunday.

TH: Who did you look up to when you were an even younger racer, or who has been the biggest help to you as a driver?
JR: As a younger driver, I looked up to Adam Drake. I was able to watch him prep his cars and race, and I picked up a lot from him.

TH: What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to a new up and coming racer?
JR: Focus on your driving consistency. Speed isn’t as critical, as you can’t go fast if you are always on your lid.

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About the Author

Tyler Hooks is a recent college graduate with a BBA in management and a Minor in Communications from St. Edwards University as well as a ROAR Stock National Champion and was apart of the IFMAR World Championship USA team in 2016. Tyler is currently an Editor as well as in the Advertising department at Live Race Media and frequently is apart of the broadcast team at major events.

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