Ty Tessman is a young RC racer with an exceptional talent. Ty is not only the best Canadian off road RC racer but he is also the 7th best RC racer in the world. His 7th place at the last world championships proves it. He left hundreds of most experimented racers far behind him. Ty is a hard-worker and takes RC racing really seriously. All his efforts are rewarded by frequently finishing in the A-main.
Ty Tessman is a hard-worker
MyRCBox.com: How old are you and where are you from?
Ty Tessman: I just turned 16 at the end of December and I am from Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada
MyRCBox.com: How did you start in RC racing?
Ty Tessman: There was a local club in my town that was just starting out, my parents got involved and that’s when my sister and I started racing.
MyRCBox.com: What was your first RC car?
Ty Tessman: Tamiya Wild Dagger
MyRCBox.com: What is your preferred race class and why?
Ty Tessman: 1/8 buggy is my favorite because I think that it’s the most competitive.
MyRCBox.com: How many hours do you practice/race per week?
Ty Tessman: Winter kind of sucks for me because of the weather here, I’m only able to practice electric offroad indoor on carpet about 5 hours a week. In the summer, especially last summer getting ready for the worlds, I was at the track about 30 hrs a week.
MyRCBox.com: How do you deal between school and race?
Ty Tessman: I am homeschooled, I want to thank my Mom and Dad for that, homeschooling allows me to take the time off that I need to practice and race, and I can either work ahead before or catch up after.
MyRCBox.com: For those who don’t know you, what are your RC history and RC
Ty Tessman: My parents started a hobby shop 6 years ago and I work there to help pay for my racing. I was sponsored by Hotbodies early in 2004 and have been with them since, they have always been there for me and have always supported me.
MyRCBox.com: At the Worlds, your dad Gord and your mom were pitting you; do they follow you at all major races?
Ty Tessman: Yes, normally they are both at all the major races pitting for me and supporting me. Now that I am starting to go to more races, sometimes only one of them can take the time off to go, but it’s always more fun when we all go as a family, including my sister who also comes with us and supports me.
MyRCBox.com: I never met you personally but you seem to be reserved, a little bit shy, calm and extremely polite. Am I Jright?
Ty Tessman: I’m not sure how to answer this question, but I think that you have described me pretty well.
MyRCBox.com: You are just back home from the Cactus Classic where you finished 5th in the 4WD class, how were the race and the ambiance?
Ty Tessman: Yes, I was happy with my 5th place finish in 4WD, I would have liked to finish higher, the competition is very strong. I always enjoy the atmosphere at races, I have met so many great people and have made a lot of friends. Even though the competition is strong, most people are willing to help out their fellow competitors if needed.
MyRCBox.com: You share the drivers’ stand with the best racers in the world, how does it feel to be part of the elite?
Ty Tessman: I used to be intimidated by the big names on the drivers stand, I still respect those drivers but they have made me feel very comfortable being on the stand with them.
MyRCBox.com: At your race level, do you still see RC as a hobby or more like an industry?
Ty Tessman: For me, I have a lot of fun racing so in that aspect it is a hobby, but I do take it seriously as well. I want to represent my sponsors the best that I can.
MyRCBox.com: What has RC racing taught you over the years?
Ty Tessman: RC racing has taught me responsibility, patience, to never give up, and mechanical skills.
MyRCBox.com: Who has most influenced you in your career and why?
Ty Tessman: Definitely my Dad, he has taught me pretty much everything I know about rc, he has taught me to always give 110% to everything I do, and at the end of the day to know that I have done my best.
MyRCBox.com: Any words for those who want to start racing?
Ty Tessman: Most importantly I think I would tell them to have fun, practice lots, ask questions, listen and learn from those who have more experience than you do.
MyRCBox.com: In your race career, what is the achievement you are the
most proud of?
Ty Tessman: I would have to say that so far I am most proud of my 7th place finish at the 1/8 buggy world’s.
MyRCBox.com: Is there something you would like to change in RC?
Ty Tessman: I would like to see more races like the Manufacturer’s Cup, it was alot of fun racing in front of the crowds and to see our sport get so much exposure.
MyRCBox.com: Before a race, how do you prepare yourself? Do you have any special superstition?
Ty Tessman: The only thing that I do right before I get on the track everytime is pray.
MyRCBox.com: How do you deal with the fact that many RC enthusiasts recognize you at race tracks?
Ty Tessman: It’s cool, I’m trying to work on my shyness, if you see me at the track and I don’t seem very outgoing it’s only because I am shy when I first meet people.
MyRCBox.com: It is now time to “plug” your sponsors, who are they?
Ty Tessman: Hotbodies/HPI, AKA, OS Engines, Orion, Futaba, O’donnell, MuchMore, Lunsford, Upgrade, TKO Competition, Brass Knuckle Brush Worx.
MyRCBox.com: Is getting sponsored have been difficult for you?
Ty Tessman: I have had to work really hard to get where I am and to get my sponsors.
MyRCBox.com: Beside RC, what are your others interests?
Ty Tessman: There is life outside rc?? 🙂 No seriously, my other interests right now would be working on my full size vehicle, my Dad and I are building a ’94 ford ranger prerunner truck.
MyRCBox.com: What is next for you in the next years?
Ty Tessman: Graduate, win one of the bigger US races, win a world championship, I am setting my goals high!
MyRCBox.com: Is racing in USA or in different cities of the world is much
different than racing in Canada?
Ty Tessman: RC racing is much bigger in the US than it is in Canada, other than Canada and the US, I haven’t raced anywhere else….yet.
MyRCBox.com: For this interview, I typed your name in different search engines to see what people were saying about you. All I read were good comments concerning your results and your attitude. Do you think you have what it takes to make RC racing a full time job and a long career?
Ty Tessman: I hope I do, my plan is definitely to have a career in rc racing, I look up to the people who have made a career in rc beyond their racing.
MyRCBox.com: Did your recent results at the World and at the Cactus Classics open you many doors?
Ty Tessman: My results at the world’s did open doors for me and I want to thank all my sponsors for the awesome opportunity that they are giving me. I also want to thank Mr. Sylvain Lafrance and myrcbox.com for giving me the chance to answer these questions. I should also add that my parents did help out with this because, anyone who knows me knows that I am a “man of few words”.
Thank you for the interview. I wish you good luck for the next season, things are going well for you.