A nine-year-old boy battling a life-threatening disease took his battle to the race track Sunday. His elementary school in Georgetown fulfilled his wish of becoming a racing driver.
Not many nine-year-old's know what they want to be when they grow up. Leonel sanchez does, he just may not live long enough to get that chance. He was diagnosed with a rare form of degenerative MS. So his school, Picket Elementary, brought that chance to him. "His schoolmates got together and said 'Leonel what do you want to do? you know, what would you be when you grow up?' and he said, 'you know, I think I would be a racing driver.' so what they wanted to do was give him that experience,"' says Bill Dollahite, president of Driveway Austin. With the help of Driveway Austin Motorsports Track and Race School, Leonel became a racing driver for the day. A once-in-a lifetime moment for a one-of-a-kind little boy. Making his wish come true from start to finish. "How was that Leonel?" says Dollahite. "That was fun!" says Leonel Sanchez, diagnosed with MS. "I called a bunch of folks. Our sponsors at Simpson made him a racing suit, our trophy sponsors at Crown built a trophy for him. Then I called a couple of my professional driving friends and they took their Easter to come here and spend it with Leonel. This really came together within the last few weeks," says Dollahite. Due to the severity of Leonel's disease, he will likely be wheelchair- bound within a year. That's why it was important to make this special day happen quickly; a day he will never forget. "We'll help you pick it up. That's a big trophy buddy," says Dollahite. Some of the pro drivers that came out to participate were from Nascar, Indycar and Grand AM.