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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. 



Sammy Moran is a young California hotshot taking wins and podiums in as many places as he can. We caught up to him after two big wins at the JConcepts INS series.

Name: Sammy Moran 
Age: 16 Years Old
Sponsors: TLR, Fantom, Proline, Coyote Hobbies, Spektrum, Horizon Hobbies, MIP, RC Speed Secrets, Walden Designs, Cheater Racing, JL Racing Products

TH: When did you first begin racing?
SM: I starting with RC cars when I was either 9 or 10 with a Traxxas Rustler. I started racing about a year later with a TLR 22 rear motor buggy and have been hooked ever since.

TH: What is your biggest racing accomplishment? 
SM: My biggest accomplishment has to be winning 17.5 pro stock buggy and 13.5 4wd buggy at the INS at Tacoma RC this year.

TH: What is your worst racing failure?
SM: I think my biggest failure was two years ago at stock nationals where I finished in the F main. 

TH: Where do you attend school, and what is your goal for a future occupation?
SM: I am home schooled though Excelsior Charter Schools. I plan on going to college but I'm not sure what I want to do when I get older other than work in the RC industry. 

TH: What is your favorite class?
SM: My favorite class in school is Science, and in RC racing I love 2wd buggy. 

TH: Do you have a girlfriend?
SM: No

TH: What do you think of the old saying “girls just get in the way of racing?”
SM: I don't think it's true, there are many fast female racers in RC and I treat them the same way I would treat anyone else.

TH: What is your real dream car?
SM: I'm not super into real cars, so I haven't thought about it much. Just something that can hopefully haul my RC stuff.

TH: Huge whips, driving absolutely flat out or more calculated driving, smoother on the throttle?
SM: This one is funny for me, I used to throw whips all the time and earned the nickname "whipper snapper" but as I have progressed and gotten more calculated with my driving and whips the nickname that has stuck is "the killer."

TH: Action sports or conventional sports, what do you follow in your free time?
SM: I normally don't watch much TV, but if I do it is either football or motorsports.

TH: This interview comes on the heels of a successful weekend at the Jconcepts INS series, how was the weekend as a whole?
SM: I had a fantastic weekend meeting all sorts of new people. Definitely a nice group of racers. TCRC put in a great layout and I will definitely be back again in the future.

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?
SM: The racer I have looked up to from the beginning is Ty Tessmann because he is super smooth and fast. I like that he doesn't throw a fit when he has a bad race. The person who has provided me the most help as a driver is Bill Willming with Fantom racing. He taught me the importance of patience and driving smart. 

TH: What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to a new, up-and-coming racer?
SM: I would tell them to practice patience and good sportsmanship, and to not be afraid to ask questions or for advice.



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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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