Young boy with autism finds passion on the race track

Ethan Sanfilippo photo credit Poughkeepsie Journal

Ethan Sanfilippo photo credit Poughkeepsie Journal

Fishkill, New York – Ethan Sanfilippo, 10 has autism and enjoys karting.
Ethan was diagnosed with autism at age 2 and racing has given his family a way in which to bond with Ethan.

Ethan told the Ploughkeepsie Journal:

“I feel very comfortable and cozy in my Champ Kart. It is exciting to go really fast.”

Ethan has won in his short racing life seven Champ Kart victories and was surprised to win so many races in his first year.

Racing has also improved Ethan’s performance in the classroom.

Kathleen Marshall, the director of children’s services at the Anderson Center for Autism in Staatsburg said:

“Any time a child is exercising or using problem solving, his mind is focusing on so many things — motor planning, strategizing,”

Ethan will soon be entering his second Champ Kart season which will be his first full campaign in Jr. Sportsman1 Class.

“I like the sound of the engine, and I like to drive fast.”

The original article by Sean T. McMann on the Ploughkeepsie Journal website can be read here