"It's my father's fault I love racing," Wattles said. "He used to race time trials in a Jaguar XKE at Lime Rock. He took me for a couple of laps around it when I was about 5 years old. It's steep uphill and down with sharp turns, left and right, an incredible roller coaster to a child of that age. I never forgot that ride. I was back again and I was hooked." With that said, Wattles didn't start racing till after college, he was 25 years old.
"Fortunately," Wattles said, laughing again, "in oval racing you have walls on either side of you and the track turns only one way. I have no problem with left or right, up or down, depth perception or comprehension today. I don't have problems with road courses, either."
While Wattles was racing he would visits schools affiliated with the National Center for Learning Disabilities. He would add each school's logo to his 18-wheeler, that carries the car and team from track to track. He would give talks at school to inspire children with LD and told "that they can be anything they want to be," (Wattles races way through battles, St. Petersburg Times).
Before Wattles started racing he studied special education at UConn. He wanted to give back and teach students with LD. Thanks to he headmaster of the school, he decided to follow his dream to race cars. He soon started Racing to Make a Difference program to increase public awareness of learning disabilities. "Wattles donated part of his earnings from each react to [his] foundation ...to help children with learning disabilities," (The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Dyslexia, p. 272).
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Quinn Bradlee Interview With Stan Wattles, Prt 1
"This was my dream; you can have your own dreams."