The Gift of Speed

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

For more than a decade, Keith Harrison passion was riding and racing his dirtbike, but it came to a sudden halt earlier this year when a freak accident left him paralyzed from the chest down.

As he tried to figure out how to live life while confined to a wheelchair, his father Woody met a 70-year-old professional go-cart driver Himey Means at this years Colorado 500. While they were talking, the subject of Keith's situation came up. Means was so moved by Keith's story he told Woody he had an extra go-cart that he could customize so the young man could control the gas and brakes with his hands.

On Saturday, Himey Means drove 10 hours from his California home with Keith’s new wheels in tow. And for the first time since tragedy struck the Harrison family on the dirt-track, Keith finally got the chance to recapture that adrenaline rush he has so so sorely missed.

Cruising along in what he calls his, “Go-cart on steroids,” at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway. He hopes to come back to the Speedway often as he can, especially since the owner told them he could ride their whenever he wants free-of-charge.

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