Stan Wattles: Indy race car driver.

Born: July 24, 1961

It’s my father’s fault I love racing.  He used to race time trials in a Jaguar XKE at Lime Rock. He took me for a couple of laps around it when I was about 5 years old. It’s steep uphill and down with sharp turns, left and right, an incredible roller coaster to a child of that age. I never forgot that ride. I was back again and I was hooked.

Eventually, racing became Wattles’ career.

I’d always talked about going racing.  He saw how I worked with children and told me I had a choice; go get certified as a special-ed teacher or go and check out this racing thing.

For Wattles, being dyslexic is no problem on the race track.

Fortunately, in oval racing you have walls on either side of you and the track turns only one way. I have no problem with left or right, up or down, depth perception or comprehension today. I don’t have problems with road courses, either.

Wattles uses his fame as a racer to encourage kids to do their best.

I try to meet the kids and give them a talk about where I’ve come from and what I’ve done, how reaching your goal is possible, and I think they take with them the message that they can be anything they want to be.

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