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Austin Riley, Canada’s first autistic race car driver, pursues his dream in new video

 

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada – Nissan today released a new short documentary highlighting the career path of one of Canada’s most ambitious young racecar drivers, Austin Riley. When the fourth annual Nissan Micra Cup gets underway in May, a long list of drivers will be vying for victory. However, for Riley – the spirited 18-year-old from Uxbridge, Ontario – he’s already won.

At the age of 12, Riley was diagnosed on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, but he’s loved cars and racing his entire life. The video chronicles Riley’s path to realizing his childhood dream of becoming a racecar driver in the face of adversity. Returning this season for his second consecutive Nissan Micra Cup series, Riley is the event’s first, and only, autistic driver. While Riley didn’t take home gold on the track in 2017, the video shares how he inspired many with not only his story, but with his skill behind the wheel.

"Our family is thrilled to see Austin live out his dream of being a racecar driver, and we’re thankful for the support he’s received from the other drivers, fans and event organizers," said Jason Riley, Austin’s father and founder of Racing With Autism, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about autism, and also Austin’s official racing team. "The Nissan Micra Cup was the perfect avenue for Austin to advance from karting to racecars, and we can’t wait to see him continue to build on the momentum he started in the 2017 season."

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