If you hit the New York International Auto Show this past weekend, you might have spotted 16-year-old NASCAR phenom Brodie Kostecki. He was there chatting it up with fans and signing autographs. But he wasn’t just out to boost his own career. His appearance also was in support of one doggone worthy cause.
By age 14, Kostecki had landed more wins than any other driver in his age group in the United States Auto Club racing history. Now, he’s racing the NASCAR K&N series in the #43 car, giving on-track performances that just may make him a pro racing breakout star this year.
Off track, however, he’s got another passion – supporting Canine Companions for Independence, the nation’s largest provider of assistance dogs specially trained to help children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Kostecki has emblazoned his race car with the nonprofit organization’s logo and regularly visits rehabilitation hospitals where these trained canine companions serve as motivational tools for patients with severe injuries and birth defects.
“It’s simply amazing what these Canine Companions for Independence dogs do for people with disabilities,” Kostecki says. “Helping Canine Companions be more recognizable with the public throughout my racing career is very exciting.”
E3 Spark Plugs gives mad props to Kostecki and other competitive racers who use their fame to help promote worthy causes. Did you meet this young racer and his four-legged friend at the NY Auto Show this weekend? Be sure to post your pics on the E3 Spark Plugs Facebook Fan Page.