Brooklyn, MICH. — Alpena local Special Olympics track athlete Amanda Frey is down in Brooklyn at Michigan International Speedway to cheer on her favorite NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski. She’s made it a tradition to go down to the August race every year for the Consumers Energy 400. Her love for racing was inspired by the driver in the Ford No. 2 car, so she competed in the wheelchair slalom races for the first time and came back to Alpena with three gold medals. Here’s Keselowski’s message to one of his biggest fans:
“I heard all about you, and I want to say congratulations on your gold medal in the Special Olympics. It was so cool to hear that I’m one of your inspirations. I think that’s terrific and I’m really humbled, so I just wanted to say congratulations and we look forward to seeing you this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.”
The Team Penske driver from Rochester Hills is looking to win for the first time on his home track at MIS. He has yet to win at Michigan International Speedway in 20 starts in the premier series. This season alone Keselowski has won three races, but he placed sixth at MIS earlier this year at the FireKeepers Casino 400.
The Consumers Energy 400 takes place Sunday, August 11 at 3 p.m.