DRL announces the Bud Light Try Outs and London event


Nick Horbaczewski, DRL

The Drone Racing League (DRL) has announced the official launch of the DRL drone racing simulator in partnership with Bud Light.

As part of the partnership, Bud Light will be the title sponsor of the 2017 Bud Light DRL Tryouts, designed to find the next great FPV drone racing pilot.

The DRL Racing Simulator is aimed at being a true to life FPV racing simulator with real world physics and maps.  Anyone with access to a computer and game controller can download the simulator and fly the same DRL courses they watch on ESPN, Sky Sports or Prosieben MAXX, testing their skills against the best drone racing pilots in the world.

DRL CEO and Founder, Nick Horbaczewski, said: “Since launching DRL in January, we’ve worked to bring the thrill of FPV drone racing to audiences around the globe. Partnering with Bud Light to launch the DRL racing simulator is incredibly special for the league, as we continue blending the virtual and real worlds to build the sport of the future.”

Pilot hopefuls, who must be 21+, can enter the Bud Light DRL 2017 Tryouts by visiting www.DRLTryouts.com, downloading the DRL Racing Simulator and flying the simulator’s online tryout campaign.

The tryout includes four different maps from real life DRL levels: Gates of Hell, Miami Lights, L.A.Pocalypse, and Project Manhattan. The top 24 eligible participants will be invited to test their skills in a live finals tournament in January for a chance to win a $75,000 professional 2017 DRL contract to compete in the 2017 DRL season as the Bud Light Pilot.

Jesse Wofford, Digital Brand Manager at Bud Light commented: “We’re excited to partner with the world’s leading drone racing league. Bud Light is committed to giving fans better ways to connect with the sports they love, and we’re excited to work with DRL to deliver their FPV racing to new fans at home.”

DRL also launched its first national commercial yesterday which you can check out here.


Last week the DRL also revealed that it will be hosting a championship event in London’s iconic Alexandra Palace in June next year. This will be the season finale and will form a part of London Tech Week (June 12-17).

Andrew Cooke, Acting CEO at London & Partners said: “London Tech Week is already the largest festival of technology in Europe but our ambition is to make it bigger and better than ever in the coming years. We are really excited to partner with DRL to bring one of the world’s most exciting sports races to London in 2017.

“We want to make London Tech Week open to a wider audience and by bringing the UK’s first professional drone race to London we hope to attract both consumers and business leaders to experience everything London’s booming tech scene has to offer.”

Nicholas Horbaczewski added: “With a rapidly growing fanbase in London and throughout the UK and the rest of Europe, we felt it was critical to find a venue and a partner locally for an iconic 2017 race. As an official event of London Tech Week, we have an incredible opportunity to deliver the sport of the future directly to one of the most creative and innovative tech communities in the world.”

With the expansion of drone racing from the bottom up with evermore MultiGP chapters forming globally, and the DRL putting on high end production events in consistently cool venues, 2017 is shaping up to be a great year for the sport.


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