Nissan: Austin Riley, Canada’s initial autistic competition automobile driver, pursues his dream in new video

Posted on 25. Jan, 2018 by in Nissan Canada

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada – Nissan currently expelled a new brief documentary highlighting a career trail of one of Canada’s many desirous immature racecar drivers, Austin Riley. When a fourth annual Nissan Micra Cup gets underway in May, a prolonged list of drivers will be opposed for victory. However, for Riley – a energetic 18-year-old from Uxbridge, Ontario – he’s already won.

At a age of 12, Riley was diagnosed on a high-functioning finish of a autism spectrum, though he’s desired cars and racing his whole life. The video chronicles Riley’s trail to realizing his childhood dream of apropos a racecar motorist in a face of adversity. Returning this deteriorate for his second uninterrupted Nissan Micra Cup series, Riley is a event’s first, and only, autistic driver. While Riley didn’t take home bullion on a lane in 2017, a video shares how he desirous many with not usually his story, though with his ability behind a wheel.

“Our family is anxious to see Austin live out his dream of being a racecar driver, and we’re grateful for a support he’s perceived from a other drivers, fans and eventuality organizers,” pronounced Jason Riley, Austin’s father and owner of Racing With Autism, an classification dedicated to lifting recognition about autism, and also Austin’s central racing team. “The Nissan Micra Cup was a ideal entrance for Austin to allege from karting to racecars, and we can’t wait to see him continue to build on a movement he started in a 2017 season.”


Nissan Micra Cup’s village gets Riley in a driver’s seat
As a video shares, it was Nissan Micra Cup maestro motorist Metod Topolnik of Azure Racing, and mother Marie Christine Bédard, who introduced a Rileys to a series, after training about Austin and Racing with Autism. Autism recognition advocates themselves, Topolnik and Bédard were desirous and speedy by Austin’s achievements, and reached out to his family.

“Our son Thomas was diagnosed with autism during two-years-old and during that moment, a universe stopped. Metod and we began doing all we could to give Thomas a best possibility for a improved life, and became advocates for autism awareness,” pronounced Bédard. “When we schooled about Austin’s achievements, it gave us measureless hope, and we wanted to assistance support and inspire Austin in a office of his dreams and share this summary of wish with people like us who need it most.”

Austin shares in a shave that his singular ability to expect collisions before they start and his strident concentration on a lane have set him adult for success; though what he’s gained off a lane is only as valuable, attributing a expansion in certainty to his Nissan Micra Cup racing experience.

“Stories like Austin’s give us good joy. The Nissan Micra Cup was done accurately for a purpose of permitting people to live their dreams of racing, and a fact that a village has come together in this approach for Austin is demonstrative of a good people concerned in this series,” pronounced Joni Paiva, boss of Nissan Canada Inc. “As Canada’s many affordable racing series, we will continue to move fad and new practice to Canadians.”

Riley’s unmatched passion and tension are what set him detached and attraction him to fans and teammates. The finish of a video shows a teary-eyed Riley behest farewell to his automobile during a finish of a 2017 season. When male and appurtenance are reunited for a 2018 Nissan Micra Cup, Riley’s mantra will nonetheless again be, “Nothing is impossible.”

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Didier Marsaud
Director, Corporate Communications
Nissan Canada
Telephone: 905-629-6400

Roxane Barry
Specialist, Corporate Communications
Nissan Canada
Telephone: 905-629-6461

Graeme Morrison
Telephone: 416-807-8677

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