There’s a massive indoor dirt track located at an unassuming building on unassuming lot on Saturn Road. Along with a fully stocked repair pit for drivers, there’s an auto parts store. Many members of the racing community travel from around the country to use the facilities. No, it’s not Devil’s Bowl Speedway. This is Indy RC World — racing for remote control cars.
Among the community is one Caleb Halligan, a father of three who grew up racing pro circuits in southern Utah.
“I haven’t raced in years; in order to do that you’ve got to cough up a lot of time and cash. When I was single, I was able to do that,” Halligan jokes as he repairs a car for one of his kids to drive. “Now I guess I’m just a mechanic.
Halligan’s children ran off to race their cars in an open practice, held in the morning for both beginner drivers and competitive ones to drive their cars in a relaxed environment.
Outside of simply recreational joyrides, Indy RC World can transform their dirt track into an oval, drag racing strip, or an off-roading loop. Each alteration to the course drastically changes the clientele that comes in to race and their own racing strategy.
Most events organized by Indy RC World are purely recreational. With the exception of a major pro circuit hosting an event in the space, almost all races and tournaments are held just for bragging rights and the placard for first place.
“Tuesday night is electric night. Those get pretty crazy,” says Juan Castro, a racer and freelance artist who specializes in RC car painting. “Fridays are dirt oval races and Sundays we do electric and nitro together.”
The “electric” and “nitro” lingo for RC cars simply refers to the manner in which