Armless NASCAR Engineer Richie Parker is Our Hero, and He'll Be Yours Too

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The innovation and determination that help him overcome his handicap now help him be a champion.

Richie Parker’s entire life has been a refusal to accept the limitations of his condition. Born without arms, he has heard through his whole life that there were things he simply could not do. But when he invariably decided that he would do those things anyway, he had to be innovative and determined in figuring out how it would be done. This and a longtime love of cars led naturally to a career as an engineer, working for Hendrick Motorsports.

Parker has now been at Hendrick for 8 years, through 5 championships, helping to keep them as the winningest team in NASCAR. His story is awe inspiring.

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