Blind USC Long-Snapper Jake Olson Drove A Car For The 1st Time (VIDEO)
Jake Olson, who has been blind since the age of 12-years-old, got to do something this week that most people take for granted on a regular basis. He drove a car for the first time ever.
The USC long-snapper visited Charlotte Motor Speedway this week and with the help of former NASCAR driver Todd Bodine, he drove a car for the first time around the 1.5-mile track.
Here’s what he had to say about it:
“Driving a car is a sense of independence, a way to get around. That’s one of probably the more frustrating things in life as a blind person is just the absence of having that opportunity to just hop in your car and drive and get food or drive and go hang out with someone. … To be able to drive a car and have that sense of freedom is big.”
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During a guest appearance on with Bodine on FOX Sports’ Race Hub, Olson explained how he drove just a tad in a parking lot before, but this was nothing like that.
“To be out there on the speedway – and obviously one of that stature – was just amazing. but then to be able to drive on it was very special. We got, on the straightaway, going like 60 miles per hour, and so to be behind the wheel of a car going that fast was fun. I don’t know where else you could do that – not back on the 405 freeway in L.A.”