family and an early start, resources
were equally as limited. His dad is an
auto shop teacher working with inner
city kids in Newark, N.J., and his mom,
Deanna, is an office manager for a
chiropractor, so like a lot of racers, he
had to figure out a way to pay the bills.
But like any good racetrack,
this story also has twists. Alex’s
dad has a side business, Advantage
Motorsports, which sells data
acquisition systems and rents Formula
Vees, and Alex is his go-to guy for
car prep, trackside service, and
driver coaching. Alex also works as a
mechanic for Powerslide Motorsports,
a nearby vintage racing team.
Alex is doing a lot with a little.
Economics dictate that he runs but an
average of three events a year, plus
the SCCA Runoffs. In his first year of
racing cars, Alex finished seventh in FV
at the Daytona Runoffs in 2015. He
then stunned the FV field when he
qualified on the pole at the 2016
Runoffs at Mid-Ohio despite missing
two days of qualifying in order to
attend classes at Rutgers University.
In 2017, the Scalers rented a
Formula Enterprises car that needed
some TLC, but they supplied the love
and Alex qualified eighth at the Indy
Runoffs, climbing to fifth and logging
the second fastest lap of 35
competitors. In 2018, Alex reached
for the golden ring and finished third
at the Sonoma Runoffs, snagging the
fastest lap of the race despite having
but 18 real-world laps on the low-grip
serpentine track prior to the start of
the race. Indeed, time spent on the
simulator paid off in spades.
Read any of the books on elite
performers and it will confirm that
these athletes have not merely
talent, but also a work ethic that
will snap the will of those with just a
casual interest. It isn’t enough to be
talented and interested – those who
excel are obsessed with excellence.
Alex has committed himself to such
a regime, working 100 hours every
week in engineering and motorsports
activities. To that end, let’s look at
a typical week for Alex Scaler.
BUSY ALL WEEK
Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
is similar during the school year.
Therein, Alex hits the gym at 6 a.m.
sharp, with his personalized training
program molded from the best
riders in motocross where high-
intensity training for short intervals
is a critical component of success.
Come 8 a.m., classes begin at
Rutgers School of Engineering. Here,
a rigorous schedule of mechanical
and aerospace engineering courses
is put to use in racing. And, starting
at 5 p.m., Alex hits the computer
lab, and begins to wrap up the
day with schoolwork, a night of
CAD/CAM and computerized
air flow (fluid) simulation.
Around 10 p.m., iRacing becomes
the focus, with Alex competing
with the best SIM racers to hone
his skills and learn different lines.
The major differences in Alex’s
daily schedule begin at 5 p.m. So,
“[Racing has] taught me to
fight through anything and
overcome any obstacles ”
THE HOT SEAT
sitting in a formula
car (ABOVE) or
studying for exams
Alex commits to