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Adaptive racing program focuses on vets

July 20, 2012

A Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports program participant and volunteer, Heriberto Vidro, was featured in a story that appeared in the NH Union Leader. Congrats Heriberto! Check it out below…

New Hampshire Union Leader
CONCORD — Plymouth resident Brian Hanaford, co-founder and president of Accessible Racing, brought his one-of-a-kind race car and his vision to downtown Concord the other night and set up in Bicentennial Square behind Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant and Watering Hole.

The brightly painted car carried the name of sponsors and supporters and, from the outside, looked much like an older version of the NASCAR vehicles that will zip around New Hampshire Motor Speedway just up Route 106 in Loudon this [past] weekend in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup race.

Up close was a slightly different story.

The car with the blue and yellow paint scheme is equipped and outfitted to be the flagship vehicle for Accessible Racing, an organization co-founded by Hanaford that intends to open doors to auto racing, both virtually and on the racetrack, to injured veterans and others who are disabled.

“It’s not all about racing,” Hanaford said. “It’s about living for these guys and getting them a newfound freedom they may have given up on.”

Heriberto Vidro, who suffered a spinal cord injury in an explosion in Iraq in 2003 and uses a cane and has a service dog, drove the Accessible Racing car last summer.

“Oh man, it was like a dream come true,” said Vidro from his New Jersey home. “I wanted to be a race-car driver since I was a kid and thought I was never going to achieve that. I couldn’t believe it when I put on the race suit and they put me in the car and I was whipping around the turns. It was so fast, and it felt so natural. You could actually feel the car hugging the turns.”

Vidro and his golden retriever, Houdini, spend much of the winter in Waterville Valley, working with the adaptive ski program at Waterville Valley Ski Resort.

Read the rest of the story here > >

About Jan Stearns

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