Andrew Stankiewicz, better known in the drone racing scene as Drewracer, has a background in several forms of racing, including 125c shifter kart racing and winning his class at the WKA Grand Nationals at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2011. In 2013, after 29 years in the RC world (cars, planes and helis), Andrew stumbled upon his first aerial photography quadcopter: a Blade 350 QX. Almost immediately, he got into drone racing using first person view (FPV), finding in this amazing sport a similar adrenaline rush as he did in kart racing, but with less investment and risk of injury.
His first FPV flight was at one of the largest radio control events in the world, Flite Fest 2014 in Malvern, OH, and ever since, he has been taking the podium in many of the competitions where he participates. His experience as an avid open wheel and kart racing enthusiast helped him with race preparedness, strategy and FPV spotting duties during his drone racing career, which includes a total of 216 competitions.
A few of his drone racing highlights are the BuckeyeFPV Over 40 Class Championship in both 2018 and 2019, placing in 178th place out of more than 1000 pilots worldwide at the 2018 MultiGP Drone Racing Championship, and climbing his way up to 42nd in ProClass at the 2019 MultiGP Drone Racing Championship in Daytona, Florida.
Andrew is well known for his passion for building, tuning, racing and helping/teaching others in FPV, positioning himself not only as a pioneer in drone sports in the US, but as a key member of the international FPV community. He is currently one of the drone instructors at Spire Institute & Academy in Geneva, Ohio for groups and individuals ages 12 and up, focused on specific drone applications and professional skills.