4-foot-4 NASCAR Driver Rico Abreu Makes History, Wins His First Stock Car Race
In January, 22-year-old sprint car champion Rico Abreu signed a driver development agreement with Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the full NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. On Saturday, at the Columbus Motor Speedway in Ohio, he won his first stock car race in just his seventh try.
That sounds like it could be the story of just about any up-and-coming NASCAR driver. Guy starts at the bottom, beats everybody, works his way up the ranks to the big time.
However, this story is different. Rico Abreu is a little person. Born with achondroplasia, the genetic bone growth disorder that causes dwarfism, Abreu is 4’4″ tall and weighs just 95 pounds. To race in a stock car, his team has to make special modifications to the steering column and pedals.
Thus, Abreu’s first win in NASCAR series wasn’t just personal history. It was racing history. And it was awesome.
— Rico Abreu (@Rico_Abreu) July 5, 2015
Abreu’s good friends Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse were understandably pumped.
Yes yes yes!!!!! Way to go @Rico_Abreu so pumped for your first stock car win!! I knew you could do it. Awesome.
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) July 5, 2015
Heck ya way to go @Rico_Abreu super proud of you bud know you have worked hard!!
— Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (@StenhouseJr) July 5, 2015
Keep an eye on Rico Abreu. This kid is going places.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]