My name is Andrew Smolnik and I‚Äôve been racing r/c cars on a serious level for 13 years.¬†I am 27 years old and currently work in the product development dept for Genka Trading Corp, or better known as CEN Racing.¬†I have been a Pro-Line team driver exclusively for over 10 years now and have really enjoyed using and promoting their great products.¬†I began racing with my father locally in southern California in the electric off-road category.¬†My first sponsor was Trinity and then from there I drove for Team Associated where I captured a National Championship with their TC3 on-road car.¬†¬†¬†
¬†After high school I went to college to achieve a degree in criminal justice, along with joining the Los Angeles Sheriffs academy.¬†Both my mother and father were police officers and it seemed natural for me to join the force.¬†After some soul searching, I decided that¬†law enforcement was not what I truly wanted to do.¬†My passion for the radio control industry fueled my interest to begin a career within the industry.¬†I‚Äôve worked for well known hobby companies including Team Associated (Reedy Modifieds dept), Thunder Tiger, and now Genka Trading Corp / Century Plastics, (CEN Racing).¬†I even spent some brief time working in the Pro-Line Customer Service dept.¬†During these times I have gained a lot of knowledge regarding the industry.¬†¬†¬†
¬†My father passed away a year ago and it has taken a toll on my family and me.¬†He really enjoyed this industry and racing in general.¬†I have dedicated my racing to him because he has taught me everything I know about maintaining the vehicles, setting the cars up and more.¬†¬†¬†
Thanks for taking the time to read this Blog and I will keep everyone posted on the monthly occurrences that go along with my crazy lifestyle.¬†I‚Äôm sure that you will find my stories quite interesting, as I tend to find myself in the strangest of situations!¬†¬†¬†
For now, here are some crazy pictures of me and my girlfriend, and my buggy.