While my home town track of Michigan Intl. Speedway was closed to all but essential personnel last August, I was fortunately able to attend the Sunday ARCA Menard’s Series and NASCAR Cup events.
While there, I was very excited to see that Grosse Pointe Michigan racer Armani Williams was making his very start in the series at his home track of MIS. Armani was there with his dad Del, and this was a fulfillment of his childhood dream of getting able to compete there. He had attended races there as a youngster and always dreamed of racing there some day.
Armani had previously competed at local tracks in the GLS Mini Cups, and had won a race at Flat Rock Speedway in 2015 when I was there as photographer. He was diagnosed with autism as a very young child , and along with parents, Del & Irena, serves as a role model for others with autism. He is the first autistic racer to ever compete in a NASCAR series, and is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Mi. I was honored to be there to take some pictures of Armani on his big day.
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