TALK IT UP TUESDAY: Jerry Dean II
Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017 06:51am
By Aaron Waldron
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This past weekend, the Texas-based RC Pro Series wrapped up at the Wade Indoor Arena in Terrell, Texas, and long-time racer Jerry Dean II - who returned to the hobby this year after taking a prolonged break - scored the biggest win of his career and clinched the Open E-Buggy title. Learn more about Dean’s racing career and more in this week’s Talk It Up Tuesday.
Aaron Waldron: How old are you, and where are you from?
Jerry Dean II: I am 29 years old, and I’m from Sachse, Texas.
AW: How did you get into RC, and how long have you been racing?
JD: Started racing with my dad around the age of 10 running 1/10-scale off-road, took a 3-4 year break before coming back this year.
Photo: Alex Merelli, via Facebook
AW: What do you do for work? Does your job make it difficult to attend racing events?
JD: I work for the City of Plano TX. I can usually get time off to travel to larger competitions.
AW: What made you decide to start attending big races and trying to attract sponsors?
JD: I’ve always been a fan of the atmosphere at the bigger events. I wasn’t really trying to attract sponsorships in the beginning, but they certainly help out when it comes to support.
Photo: On the Tone, via Facebook
AW: What’s your favorite track? Favorite big event? What different classes have you raced - and which is your favorite?
JD: My favorite track, of course, would have to be my home track — Indy RC World in Garland, TX. My favorite event, so far, would be the Southern Nationals. Throughout the years I’ve run carpet 1/10-scale on road, 1/12-scale onroad, 1/10-scale off-road, 1/4 scale oval, and now 1/8 scale off-road.
AW: How does the racing scene in your area vary from other places you’ve visited?
JD: I’d say our racing scene is pretty strong; it’s mainly 1/8-scale off-road and 1/10-scale oval locally, but it certainly does well.
Photo: On the Tone, via Facebook
AW: What are your proudest RC moments?
JD: I’d have to say the 2017 RC Pro Series Open E-Buggy Championship would be one of them. Finishing 3rd in Open in E-Buggy at my first Southern Nationals ranks highly as well.
AW: Do you have any goals for your RC career?
JD: I’d like to be able to do more national-level events, and continue growing the hobby!
AW: When you’re not at the racetrack, what are some of your favorite hobbies?
JD: Family. With 2 kids in sports you don’t get time for much else.
AW: What’s the best part of RC racing? What about RC racing annoys or bothers you?
JD: The best part would be time with our RC family and friends. The complaining is probably the top of the annoying list.
Photo: Mark Sta Maria, via Facebook
AW: Who are some of the people that have helped you the most?
JD: Ronnie Chapman and Vince LaFlower taught me a lot when first getting into 1/8 scale, and Matt Sistrunk has helped me tremendously; he got me in contact with Pro-Line for my first deal last year and has been a great help all around. Of course, there are many people who have lent a lot of help over the years, none of which are less important than than the other and all greatly appreciated.