By Aaron Waldron
Inside sources have told LiveRC that Byron Fuels is dismantling its pro racing team for the 2017 season, including drivers like Elliott Boots, Cody King, Joe Bornhorst and more. The racers will be able to purchase fuel at a discounted rate, but no drivers will receive free fuel or a salary of any kind.
As we understand, this applies to everyone except Ryan Lutz - who signed a two-year contract at the beginning of the 2016 season. Byron Fuels will honor the final year of his deal before he, too, will be cut back. According to the inside report, the rest of the pro team drivers had signed one-year deals which expire at the end of this month.
We've heard from multiple sources that former Byron Fuels drivers have contacted other fuel companies about joining their teams for next season, which leds credibility to the rumor.
No official announcement on behalf of Byron Fuels or any of the affected drivers have been made. More information about this development will be shared as it becomes available.