The life of this armless engineer will inspire you

source: MyFox8

Sometimes I complain about the difficulty in completing tasks, but it's hard to think about that when watching Richie Parker go through a normal day.

Richie Parker was born with a love for cars. He was also born without arms.

Parker works at Hendrick Motorsports in Charlotte. Since he was a child, he has been proving people wrong and building devices to make his daily life easier. Now, he’s building for Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“It’s very demanding,” said Parker. “When we have somebody like [crew chief] Chad Knaus that comes back from the racetrack and he says he needs something next week that’s gonna help him win a race, then ‘no’ is never the answer.”

Parker, who was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, graduated from Clemson University in 2009 and first worked at Hendrick Motorsports as an intern in 2005.

“Based on his resume, I knew he could do the things that I needed him to do, it was more a question of how,” said Rex Stump, engineering manager at Hendrick.

Tom Rinaldi reports on the life of Richie Parker, who overcame being born without arms to become a chassis and body component designer for Hendrick Motorsports.


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MoBeffah site profile image  

7/23/13 3:00 PM by MoBeffah

Super cool.

comeacrossclean site profile image  

7/23/13 2:20 PM by comeacrossclean

very inspiring

bryanand site profile image  

7/23/13 1:57 PM by bryanand

I saw this over the weekend and was telling my boys about him yesterday, cool fucking story. His Impala was bad ass. One detail they left out was his education background, I was curious if he is self taught or went to college for engineering. They did mention he started as an intern and got hired full time off that.

RONINXOM site profile image  

7/23/13 1:49 PM by RONINXOM

Amazing. Makes me think of all the times I said "I can't".

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7/23/13 1:39 PM by Jager


Deniability site profile image  

7/23/13 1:15 PM by Deniability

Saw this yesterday. I had to watch it twice. Amazing.

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7/23/13 1:12 PM by Luncha Libre


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7/23/13 9:50 AM by Luncha Libre

The Life Of This Armless NASCAR Engineer Will Inspire You