A look at my very first Go Kart Race
In my teens I remember one time as a teenager when I joined my churches youth group on a trip to an amusement park in New York known as Darien Lake. While walking through the park to my surprise mixed in with the roller coasters was a small go kart racing track. Thankfully my friends agreed that we needed to take advantage of this opportunity and have a little race. After waiting in line for a short period of time the gate opened, at that point everyone rushed to the go karts at the front of the pack. Unable to run due to the Muscular Dystrophy this resulted in me ending up with the very last go kart on the starting grid. This meant I was starting dead last in 10th place - so it was time to focus. Once the race started I quickly made my way through traffic. At one point I noticed just ahead of me that my friend was being held up by two other drivers. Next thing I know I am on his bumper. All of a sudden a gap opened up and like Ayrton Senna I went for it and was actually able to pass my friend and the other two drivers on the same lap. At that point I was catching the top three but the next thing I knew our time on track was up. If only we had just a few more laps I might have been up there challenging for the lead. During the race I was so focused on driving that I didn't realize how hard I was pushing the gas pedal. When it came time to get out of the go kart I stood up and my right leg and foot were so weak for a short time I could barely stand or walk. Although I enjoyed myself on the track it quickly reminded that my dream of becoming a race driver would never become a reality. Thankfully like most things in my life I was able to accept it and move on. Now my love for racing and wanting to be a professional race driver is fulfilled by playing racing video games. But still to this day I feel like being a race car driver is something I was born to do. Unfortunately Muscular Dystrophy is the one thing that kept me from being able to pursue this dream, as my arms would quickly tire from all the shifting and foot work involved with auto racing. To those who may believe that racing isn't a physically demanding sport there are millions of race fans like me that would have to disagree.
Mosport International Raceway & the beginning of Laps 4 MD
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