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"A winning team in the past, this American team is in a slump. Their limited budget will make a winning season difficult to achieve."
R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 (Grand Prix mode team blurb)

Dig Racing Team is a team from Ridge Racer Type 4 named after one of Namco's games: Dig Dug. Specializing in tuning Lizard, players will experience professional racers, and their tuning is somewhat inferior compared to other teams.

The team is depicted to have problems, two of which being fund shortages and a business-oriented owner.

History

Dig Racing Team is one of the older teams in Ridge Racer universe, formed in the 1950s and becoming popular in 1957. In the 1980s, it experienced a change of ownership where a food company that was once served as DRT's parent company got acquired by an oil mining company. It enjoyed a considerable success despite loss of manager Donald Louis to rivals Micro Mouse Mappy in 1988, until sometime before 1999, it suffered fund shortages and had a business-oriented owner trying to cut costs, causing a slump in their performance.

Manager

Chrisman DRT

Robert Christman

The team's managed by Robert Chrisman, a 45 year-old American man. He's generally a nice person, but the team's trouble did slightly embitter him, such as a business-oriented owner that caused one of his colleagues to leave the team and plans of replacing the player with a famous driver because the owner thinks that the player didn't generate enough publicity for the team, putting Chrisman at odds with the owner, and the aforementioned budget problems. Over the course of the season, he didn't want the player to be involved in the team's slump.

Post-R4

At the end of the season, the owner offered Chrisman another chance to manage the team with better salary. However, he rejected the offer and decided to retire from the racing scene. In the post-race epilogue, it's revealed that he returned home to his wife and children.

Dig Racing Team later returned in Ridge Racer 64, using a facelifted Age Dirigeant.

In Ridge Racer 7, it is revealed in Ridge State News that Chrisman opens a kart racing school, and Dig Racing Team is now known as Dig Dug, a bodykit manufacturer.

Trivia

  • His English was good, even when he's talking, since he is American.
  • He was mentioned in Ridge State News that he made a kart racing school.
  • The fate of the team is similar to the Williams F1 team, as Williams was also a victorious team that suffered slump multiple times in 90s and 2000s.
  • If the player scored two consecutive wins at the Final Heat, Robert will compare the player to Giuliano Gilbert, a former racing driver who passed away well before the events of the game.
  • In CGI renderings, a scale model, and Ridge Racer 64, the team is shown to use Age Solo cars. However, if the player chooses another team and does not choose Lizard as their manufacturer, the team will use Lizard cars instead.
    • The opposite occurs with Micro Mouse Mappy, where in artwork they are shown with Lizard cars, but has Age Solo as their official manufacturer.
Ridge Racer series
Arcade games Ridge Racer · 2 · Rave Racer · Pocket Racer · V: Arcade Battle
Console and handheld games Ridge Racer · Revolution · Rage Racer · Type 4 · 64 (DS) · V · Ridge Racer (PSP) (2) · 6 · 7 · 3D · Unbounded (Driftopia) · Ridge Racer (PlayStation Vita)
Mobile games Ridge Racer · Drift · Accelerated · Slipstream · Draw & Drift
Related games SimDrive · Ace Driver (Victory Lap · 3: Final Turn) · Dirt Dash · R: Racing Evolution · Critical Velocity · Pachislot
Universe and people Ridge City · Ridge State · Shatter Bay · Real Racing Roots · UFRA · Reiko Nagase · Enki Gilbert · Shinji Yazaki · Sophie Cavalier · Robert Chrisman · Ai Fukami · Rena Hayami · Gina Cavalli · Stephan Garnier · Kara Shindo
Game mechanics Drifting · Grand Prix · Slipstream · Nitrous · Car Classes · Customization · Special Machine