TALK IT UP TUESDAY: Alex Miller
Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 04:00am
By Aaron Waldron
Welcome to LiveRC's weekly column, "Talk-It-Up Tuesday!" Here we spend a little time talking with industry icons including racers, manufacturers, team managers, developers, promoters, and everyone in between! Sit back, relax, and go behind the scenes as we interview them all!
The 2017 edition of the JConcepts Fall Indoor Nationals a couple of weeks ago was not the first time that Alex Miller found his place on the podium. Miller finished fourth in 2WD and third in 4WD against some tough competition from those in the Northeast and beyond, marking his fifth straight year qualifying for at least one Modified-class main event at the annual event hosted by RC Excitement. The result became another accolade added to his growing reputation as a rising star in the Northeast off-road scene. Learn more about Miller, his RC career, and his life in this week’s Talk It Up Tuesday.
Photo: G’s RC Raceway, via Facebook
Aaron Waldron: How old are you, and where are you from?
Alex Miller: I’m 21 years old and I'm from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
AW: How did you get into RC, and how long have you been racing?
AM: I got into racing from a friend’s dad. He took my friend and I to the track and let us drive his car. I've been racing ever since.
Photo: Gabriel Galeano, via Facebook
AW: What do you do for work? Does your job make it difficult to attend racing events?
AM: I work at a car dealership as a service advisor. Unfortunately, yes, my job does make it difficult to race as often as I would like to due to working weekends.
AW: What made you decide to start attending big races and trying to attract sponsors?
AM: After racing locally for a few years, I started to get faster and I wanted to see if I could compete at larger events.
AW: What’s your favorite track? Favorite big event? What different classes have you raced - and which is your favorite?
AM: My favorite track is probably the Ohio R/C Factory. Favorite event is Psycho Nitro Blast. I mostly run 1/10-scale 2wd and 4wd mod buggies. I also race some nitro 1/8-scale buggy.
AW: How does the racing scene in your area vary from other places you’ve visited?
AM: The racing scene around me is very consistent from week to week. The tracks are way different compared to other places though. The surfaces we race on are very different.
AW: What are your proudest RC moments?
AM: The proudest moment I have had would be the 2014 1/10-scale ROAR Nationals. I placed well enough to qualify for the world championships. I was not able to attend the Worlds, but it was definitely cool to qualify.
AW: Do you have any goals for your RC career?
AM: I just hope to be able to race more frequently.
AW: When you’re not at the racetrack, what are some of your favorite hobbies?
AM: I enjoy riding my motorcycles, both dirt and street, and snowboarding in the winter.
AW: What’s the best part of RC racing? What about RC racing annoys or bothers you?
AM: The best part of racing is the competition and just having fun at the track. Not to many things annoy me when it comes to racing.
Photo: Gunnar Rieck, via Facebook
AW: Who are some of the people that have helped you the most?
AM: Most definitely my parents who have supported me and my racing for so long.
AW: Thanks for the interview! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
AM: I just would like to say thank you for the interview and thanks to my sponsors which include Team Associated, Reedy, Schelle, and KJ Designs.
Photo: Nicole Himes, via Facebook