We went out to the Indy race at Barber Motorsports Park last weekend. It was a ton of fun. As we were walking up we saw my sister walking with a crew of people. At second glance she was escorting Bo Jackson. BO JACKSON! The man who I still have an autographed poster of in my "man cave." I got the autograph at an A-day game when I was 2 or 3 years old. BO JACKSON. So cool. Jess brought him over and he took a pic with us. It was awesome.
So during the Indy practice days in March, Jessica was holding Bentley and ran into Helio Castroneves. Well, being the gentleman he is, he wanted to find Bentley hearing protection. Jess proceded to tell him about her being deaf and blind and that was why we weren't covering her ears (it was not nearly as loud as at the actual race because fewer cars were on the track at once. I know we need to still protect her from super loud noises. We don't want to damage her ear drum or something like that.). Anyways, one of the first days the teams were back in Birmingham last week Helio found Jess and asked about Bentley. He said he and his family had been praying for her, and he wanted an update. SO COOL. Very awesome. This big time race car driver not only remembered the child, but remembered her name, and had told his family about her. Following the race on Sunday we got the opportunity to meet Helio. He and his family. They were very nice. We really enjoyed it. Of course we took a picture. Not a very good one, but still, it's a picture with Helio Castroneves.
I almost forgot the best part. We were up in the paddock during pre-race festivities, and during the race. Bentley had her hearing aids in. Well, when the Bo said "gentlemen start your engines" we were right up above pit road where all of the cars are parked. All of a sudden there was a big VROOM. As all the drivers were revving their engines, you could feel the vibrations through the floor and steel girders along the wall. Almost instantaneously Bentley's face lit up! We don't know if it was Bentley actually hearing the sound of the engines magnified by her hearing aids, or feeling all of the vibrations. Either way, it was awesome. She was smiling so big for the few minutes the cars were sitting there. Don't worry, as the race started up and things got really loud we turned off the hearing aids and let them act as earplugs. I think we need to take her to 'dega!
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I will be writing most of these. Justin, that is, the dad. Lindsay will provide her input.