Alex Vanover is an American professional drone racing pilot from Texas. At the age of 17, he won the MultiGP National Championship in Reno, Nevada. A string of successive victories and top finishes landed him a contract with the DHL DR1 Champions Series. Racing on 5 tracks throughout Europe, Alex won the Pro Class World title in Croatia and led his FlightOne team to a World Championship victory at the DHL Tower in Bonn, Germany.
In 2018, Alex was honored to be invited to race for the Korean Drone Racing Association. As the only non-Korean on the team, Alex proudly represented America as he lived and trained in Seoul, Korea for three months. Racing for Korea against Asia’s fastest pilots, Alex played a huge part in the team’s victory at the X-Fly World Team Championship in Shenzhen, China. At the FAI Gwacheon World Cup, Alex proved to be the fastest pilot bringing a victorious end to his 2018 Asian tour.
In 2019, Alex signed with the elite Drone Racing League whose 2019 season aired on NBC, NBC Sports and Twitter. As a rookie, Alex immediately proved himself to be a formidable opponent winning the first race of the DRL Allianz World Championship Season at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. This was followed by wins in Brooklyn at the Allianz & DRL Formula E Prix Party presented by BMW and at Level 2 in Saint Paul, Minnesota at Allianz Field. With podium finishes in 6 out of 7 races, Alex led the field in points the entire season, clinching the World Championship title with his win at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. No rookie has done this in the history of the DRL!
Alex’s passion for drone racing grew out of a love for aviation. He took his first flying lesson when he was only 10 years old and easily transitioned to gliders and acrobatic tail wheel airplanes. He is a licensed private pilot who lives and trains on an airport in Roanoke, Texas. Alex plans to race for the next several years but has not lost sight of pursuing a degree in meteorology. He would love to utilize drone technology to study super cell thunderstorms, hoping to increase warning times for developing tornadoes.