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By Tyler Hooks

Future Stars of RC is a regular column on LiveRC where aspiring RC journalist Tyler Hooks has a conversation with fellow up-and-coming racers across the country, covering youth-friendly topics such as school subjects, watching TV, throwing huge whips and, of course, girls. 



After a Reedy Race Open-class victory and appearances in national A-Mains, one could argue that Alex Kosciuszek is a “current star” - but at just 18 years old, this Connecticut native is just getting started. Get to know "Alex K" a little bit better in this edition of Future Stars of RC.

Name: Alex Kosciuszek
Age: 18 Years Old
Sponsors: Team Associated, Reedy, JConcepts, O.S. Engines, VP/PowerMaster Fuel, MIP, and StickIt1 

TH: When did you first begin racing?
AK: The summer of 2010, at Radio Controlled Hobbies and Raceway (RCHR) in Waterbury, CT. 

TH: What is your biggest racing accomplishment? 
AK: Probably winning the 4WD Open class at the 2016 Reedy Race of Champions.   

TH: What is your worst racing failure?
AK: I honestly don't know what would be my worst racing failure. I'm sure there's many, haha. Probably the glue job on my tires for the 1/8-Scale Buggy main for this year's Nationals.  

TH: Where do you attend school, and what is your goal for a future occupation?
AK: I will be attending my first semester of college this fall at the University of New Haven. The goal for a future occupation is to find an engineering job in aviation.    

TH: What is your favorite class?
AK: Favorite class is definitely 2WD Mod Buggy.         

TH: Do you have a girlfriend?
AK: Yes I do!

TH: What do you think of the old saying “girls just get in the way of racing?”
AK: I don't personally agree with that saying. Maybe it depends on the type of girl. In this case, I am pretty lucky!  

TH: What is your real dream car?
AK: 2017 Aston Martin DB11  

TH: Huge Whips, driving absolutely flat out or more calculated driving, smoother on the throttle?
AK: I would say it depends on the track conditions. Sometimes you can drive crazy, put on a show and get away with it. Other times, you have to be timid and have a lot of control.

TH: Action sports or conventional sports, what do you follow in your free time?
AK: I enjoy anything really. I mostly like to watch F1 and baseball. 

TH: Who did you look up to when you were an even younger racer? Who has been the biggest help to you as a driver?
AK: When I was younger, I mostly looked up to Ryan Maifield and Ryan Cavalieri; they always seemed to do well at every race, and had two very different driving styles. Luckily, now I get to race with them and they are still two really cool dudes. I've had a lot of people that have helped me throughout the years. My parents are always the biggest help — they let me do what I love every weekend, and support it no matter what. Then there's Mark Westerfield; he took me under his wing when I was young, taught me the basics, and made my passion for this hobby what it is today. And I can't forget Brent Thielke and Jason Ruona for all the support and help at each race! 

TH: What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to a new up and coming racer?
AK:  The biggest piece of advice I can give, is to simply enjoy it. If you aren't having fun, then you won't be doing the best you can do. RC racing is really a good hobby to be in; you always make new friends, learn new things, and it feeds your hunger for competition. 

Huge thanks to Alex K for taking the time to knock this interview out. As well as for always being a positive influence for the next generation!




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About the Author

Tyler Hooks is a recent college graduate with a BBA in management and a Minor in Communications from St. Edwards University as well as a ROAR Stock National Champion and was apart of the IFMAR World Championship USA team in 2016. Tyler is currently an Editor as well as in the Advertising department at Live Race Media and frequently is apart of the broadcast team at major events.

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