By Laurie Istook, wife of driver Don Istook
As Don and I tour the country for the Pirelli World Challenge, we have had the opportunity to meet many amazing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through The Arc Audi Racing Program. Most recently we were in Detroit at the Belle Isle Raceway. We were joined by staffers and self-advocates from The Arc of Western Wayne County.
The time leading up to the race and prepping with our new friends from The Arc was wonderful. From teaching them about the car, to having them help Don and his team get ready for the race it was an exciting time for all of us. The real highlight came after the race when Don won the “Hard Charger” award for the race. He won because he moved ahead of more cars during the race than any other driver.
While accepting his award on the winner’s podium, Don dedicated it to my brother Mark and our visitors from The Arc. He let everyone know that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can be “hard chargers” too if they are just given the chance.
We look forward to more races, victories, and of course to continuing our work with The Arc and their local chapters.