Gary Edwards

Event Director

Title: DEAFNASCAR
Birthplace: Unknown
Current Residence: Ilinois
Education: Unknown
Occupation: Unknown
Date: 2013 to present
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Last Update: January 29, 2014
Gary Edwards was introduced to Sprint car - World of Outlaws by a deaf friend of his in early 1990's. He loved the excitement of the races. Until 1999 his wife, Rosemary told him to watch Nascar because her friend's husbands loved to watch NASCAR races. At beginning, he was not sure of NASCAR until he watched the last 10 laps - that is what excited him. He chose Tony Stewart as his favorite driver because he was the rookie that year. In 2003, Gary and Rosemary went to their first NASCAR race at Brickyard 400 - Indianapolis, IN. It was an entire different experience from living room. Feeling and hearing the car go by us. Gary wanted to go to more races. It was not until 2006, Gary and his younger brother went back to Brickyard 400. He had a good time but felt that he wanted more people there with us. Gary's other younger brother asked him to join him and his friends to Talladega - October 2008. The cool thing about this trip was he experienced the races INSIDE the track with RV that was right by the track. He had good time. Gary and his deaf friend flew to Daytona Beach, FL to watch Bud shootout two years in a row - 2009 and 2010.
He wished that he could go to the opening day -- Daytona 500 but timing was not right. In 2010, he went with his other deaf friends to Talladega - being with more deaf friends made him realize that he enjoyed his time more with deaf peers because he is able to talk all night and enjoy the races together. I asked my brothers and a friend who all are hearing to Chicagoland Speedway in 2011 - I felt that I was limited with my brothers and friend at night because it was too dark to read lips so I decided to go to bed early. Gary felt that he missed out a lot because his brothers and friend stayed up all night chatting. Gary came home told his wife, Rosemary that he enjoyed the races most but wished that there was more time to socialize with friends. Rosemary suggested him to start something for the deaf. Gary got an idea of starting DEAFNASCAR.COM Coco Cola 600 in Charlotte, NC was the first event he created in May 2013. Three deaf men joined Gary for the event. Gary came home all happy because he throughly enjoyed himself. It is Gary's dream to have DEAFNASCAR.COM to take off by having events at different tracks every year for all deaf people to get together - socialize - meeting other nascar fans from all over U.S. (and Canada!). At each future events will have different things going on - it could be camping or at hotel - depends on where the track is. Finding any other activities that any one might be interested in going such as fan appreciation day from NASCAR before the races where fans may meet drivers. Possible pit passes as a group with interpreter.





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