Ability, not disability, fuels teen's racing dream

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. A Noblesville teenager is racing toward his dream of competing in NASCAR despite a mostly disabled left arm that he says is "just along for the ride."

Eighth-grader Chris Hacker is the youngest driver in the Champion Racing Association Late Model Sportsman series. He won his first race July 19 at the Anderson Speedway and is the youngest driver in series history to win an event.

Hacker began racing at age 8. He has nerve damage to his left arm as a result of a brachial plexus injury during birth but tells The Indianapolis Star he doesn't see it as a disadvantage.

His race car has been modified to make it easier to drive. The ignition switch, seat and steering wheel are all aligned with his right arm.

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