In 2012, having reached the pinacle of my drag racing career. I had become a world champion and then, in just a few seconds, my world fell apart.
While trying to set a new personal best with a new motor combination, After 2 successful half track passes the team dicided it was time to make a full run. At the eighth mile mark something went horribly wrong. Thhe car made a sudden right turn and I totally lost control. The car And me, slammed into the wall at 175mph. I woke from the coma a couple weeks later
The wreck caused me to suffer broken bones, a masive head injury and worst of all, it cost me my sight. Not only was I blind and would be for the rest of my life, but my dreams were shattered.
It was a long road to recovery, but as I grew stronger, I longed to get back behind the wheel. . I consciously made a decission to find a way. I would have to use adaptive tools, but I was determined and nothing could stand in my way. The wreck may have cost me my sight, but there was no way I would let it destroy my passion. I needed speed.
In 2013 I used adaptive tools to build a motorcycle with a custom guidance
system that gave me audible feedback on how to correct my steering. Later that year I raced that very same motorcycle and set an International World
Record at the same time, becoming the first Blind man to race on the Boneville salt flats.
With that achievement done and dusted, it was time for the next project. My goal is to become the fastest blind man on the planet.
My new project, a record attenpt by my team, Tragidy to Triumph Racing, has me building a C6 Corvette with the same custom
guidance system used to set my previous world record.
This project will not only be a way of recapturing my dream, it willinspire the blind community world wide and show them that loosing your sight does not mean that you have to loose your dreams, your passion and most importantly, you are still able to reach your goals. It just takes some hard work and sheer determination.
I am asking for your support so that
I can reach my goal of becoming the fastest blind man alive and in doing so, inspire people like me and prove to them that they can continue to chase their dreams. Please join me for the ride and help fund my project.
Sincerely Dan Parker
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