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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. 



Name: Tommy Hinz
Sponsors: Xray, Rc America, Pro-Line, Hobbywing, Protek Rc, Amain Hobbies, SDRC Raceway, Ez Customs, StickIt1, Hudy, 110% Racing, T-Works

TH: When did you first begin racing?
TH: I got my first RC car for Christmas 2009 I believe. It was a Traxxas Revo. I started racing in March of 2010 on-road, and switched to off-road February of 2011.

TH: What is your biggest racing accomplishment?
TH: I would have to say my biggest accomplishment was the 2019 Reedy Race. Being able to TQ both 2wd and 4wd, and convert my 2wd TQ into a win, and 4wd into a 2nd place, was a pretty remarkable memory in my racing thus far.

TH: What is your worst racing failure?
TH: I’ve had many incidents in racing where I could’ve been more patient in traffic, I think thats my biggest fail. No equipment really, just my own mistakes that cause it to be a failure.

TH: Where do you attend school, and what is your goal for a future occupation?
TH: I currently do online school through Rio Salado here in Arizona, and I would like to proceed forward, and major in business.

TH: Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
TH: Yes, i have an amazing girlfriend, who is very supporting of my racing.

TH: What is your favorite class for school and racing?
TH: My favorite class for school is LUNCH! Haha all jokes aside, i’d say my favorite subject is english. My favorite class for racing is definitely Modified 2wd Buggy.

TH: What do you think of the old saying “girls just get in the way of racing?”
TH: FALSE. You’ve just gotta be a man and put your foot down. “No you wont see me for the next 3 days, ill be practicing at Hobby Action for the next upcoming races.”

TH: What is your real dream car?
TH: I’ve got my dream car a 2007 GMC Sierra 4wd truck.

TH: Huge whips, driving absolutely flat out or more calculated driving, smoother on the throttle?
TH: I’d say driving absolutely flat out to an extent. Punch it as much as you can but know when to back it down and put in solid laps.

TH: Action Sports or Conventional sports, what do you follow in your free time?
TH: None, I don’t really follow sports much. If I’m not racing, practicing, or wrenching, I spend my time with my girlfriend or with the boys kickin’ it.

TH: This interview comes after your long awaited Reedy Race victory, how was the experience as a whole?
TH: AWESOME! I’ve been a top 5 guy there over the past couple years, and to finally be able to seal the deal and get the monkey off my back was a feeling I wouldn’t change for anything. I have to thank the Tessmann’s for all the never-ending help and support, as well as my parents and friends from all over the world who kept telling me I could do it.

TH: Who did you look up to when you were an even younger racer, or who has been the biggest help to you as a driver?
TH: There's too many guys to list, so if I forget some I’m sorry. Ryan Maifield, Brian Kinwald, Ty Tessmann, Spencer Rivkin, and Brent Thielke have all been a big part of my racing over the years. I always looked up to these guys and they helped show me the ins and outs of racing. Can’t thank them enough.

TH: What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to a new up and coming racer?
TH: Never give up, keep practicing, and don’t ever be afraid to try something that isn’t normally ran setup wise.

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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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