Getting to know Team Orion – Q&A with Ty Tessman


Name: Ty Tessman
Age: 22
Hometown: Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada
Sponsors: Hot Bodies, Pro-Line, OS Engines, Team Orion, A-main Hobbies, Savox, AVID, MIP, Lunsford, LMR, MR33, 110% Racing

Let’s start off with a few fun questions….

Outside of your RC racing career what are some of your interests and hobbies?
Currently, I a working with my dad and we are building a pre-runner Ranger. I’m also into guns and when I have time I also do a little paint ball.

On the road, what is your go-to restaurant?
Panda Express and Chick-fil-A, but if I had to choose, Panda FTW!

Where is your favorite place in the world?
I really like California, there’s so much to do there.

What kind of music do you prefer?
I mainly listen to Christian Rock like ‘Worth Dying For’, ‘Fly Leaf’, and ‘Project 86’.


Now, let’s move on to the more serious questions….

In total, how long have you been racing?
I’ve been racing competitively since 11 so… 11 years total now.

In those years how long have you been running for Team Orion?
I’ve been with Team Orion for a total of 4 years.

What is your favorite thing about running for Team Orion?
Definitely support. Having JP’s support at the big races is important because you have someone there to help you when you need it. Also, the product quality is awesome.

Could you tell me your best race memory since joining the team?
Winning 2014 4wd electric nationals in 2014 with my D413.

What advice would you give to new up and coming drivers?
I would have to say….. choose your gear and get to know your equipment. That way you can tune your cars and get the most out of your gear. I see a lot of people switching brands constantly and they never really learn the platform. Also, practice is important and it’s the only way to get better. The last thing I would add is…. learn your cars and how to set them up. I try to learn from the changes I make and never settle for ‘good enough’.


Thanks for your time Ty and good luck in the mains!!

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