Sep 3, 2013
NASCAR Bound Student at Forman School in Litchfield a Dyslexia Philanthropist, at 17
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He also competed weekends at North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway and various UARA series races in the South, as well as Saturday and Wednesday events at his local track in Waterford. Garbo ran the #8 Stanley Ford Fusion for Marcos Ambrose Motorsport of Concord, N.C. Supported by longtime sponsors Fidelity Paper and Garbo Lobster, he developed and tuned his late model skills under the mentorship of Marcos Ambrose and direct development of Jamie Yelton.
Said Ambrose, “It has been a rewarding experience to work with David. We expect big things from him in the future. Not only is he a real talent behind the wheel, he has shown great character for a young driver—maturity, determination and focus.”
“I started racing quarter midgets, which led to a real passion for racing,” he explained. “They have a track called The Little T at Thompson Speedway and I raced there for four years. Eventually I kept advancing up and I’m in Late Model Stock cars now. We can reach speeds of 170 miles an hour but we’re usually topping out at 130 miles an hour at most tracks. It’s a developmental level to get to the trucks, Nationwide and, hopefully, Sprint Cup races.”
Garbo races from May to late October; a demanding schedule of travel and competition that demands he take his studies on the road with him.
“It’s tough just being a teenager,” he said, “with all the stuff about growing up and things you have to learn. So, I look at it that a lot of kids aren’t anywhere near doing what I’m doing. It’s tough struggling with homework when I’m traveling and competing, but I haven’t missed one assignment during the time I’ve been away from Forman. I send everything back within two days of receiving it and, while it might not be 100 percent correct, my teachers know that I making every effort to complete my assignments. They know when I get back to school that I will pick up on what I need to know.”
Garbo said he has taken his learning methods at Forman and applied them to racing.
“I may look at a turn and see it in shapes and forms and devise a plan that way. It’s whatever works for me to get the job done.”
Garbo, who is also into snowboarding, BMX racing and dirt bikes, has received encouragement from his team’s owner, Yelton, and other drivers, many of them twice his age or more.
“There is only one other teenager in my series. A lot of young kids have their dreams crushed fast if they try and move up at too young an age. You have to commit yourself 100 percent to what you’re doing. I intend to take this is far as I can and be the best at what I do.”
He’s also received support from fellow students and friends at Forman School.
“My two best friends, Dan D’Amato and Will Remnick, along with my girlfriend, Mireille Pioppo, have been so supportive of my racing. They wish me luck when I go to a race and they aren’t bothering me about why I’m not at school and can’t hang out with them.”
He also credits his mother, Beth, and father, David, with making it all happen for him.