Valmie Resources Inc., a U.S. commercial drone operator, has announced that the racing division of its wholly owned subsidiary Vertitek, which specializes in fabricating and selling racing frames for the competitive drone racing industry, has established a team of sponsored racing pilots.
In its announcement, the company says that one of the Vertitek Racing Team members, Wes Comeaux, has qualified for the recent U.S. Drone Nationals, the first-ever such event to be nationally televised live on ESPN, Aug. 5 through 7.
Sean Foster, president of Vertitek, states that Comeaux placed in the top third out of 75 and clocked the fastest single lap time during a portion of the competition.
According to Valmie, the U.S. Drone Nationals announced its inaugural racing season in January. The league anticipates becoming the Formula One, NASCAR and MotoGP of drone racing and has secured millions of dollars in backing from venture capital firms and celebrities to make that a reality.
“Valmie’s collaborations are certainly putting the company in the right place at the right time,” comments Gerald B. Hammack, president and CEO of Valmie. “Watching it accumulate millions of views on YouTube and social media and knowing that the Vertitek Racing Team has been a forerunner in the field is a source of pride for Vertitek and Valmie. The sport has not only attracted major broadcasters like ESPN, but also important sponsors, such as Ernst and Young and AIG.”
Photo courtesy of Valmie Resources