What do race cars and assistance dogs have in common? Performance. Racecar drivers want the best for their vehicles and people with disabilities need high performing assistance dogs. The two have come together to create awareness on the life-transforming independence an assistance dog provides a person with a disability.
Brodie Kostecki, age 15, has been racing since he was four. Brodie transitioned to the United States Auto Club (USAC) series in 2011, where Brodie became the most winningest driver in USAC history, for his age.
Brodie’s love for dogs and wanting to help society with disabilities was a perfect fit for Brodie’s endeavor to help a program such as Canine Companions for Independence. “It’s simply amazing what Canine Companions for Independence trainers go through to train the dogs for people with disabilities,” said Brodie, “Helping Canine Companions for Independence be more recognizable with the public throughout my racing career is very exciting.”
Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence has been uniting people with disabilities with assistance dogs in a powerful program that leads to their greater independence and self-esteem. Highly trained Labradors and Golden Retrievers learn more than 40 commands to help their human partners – for example pick up dropped items they cannot reach, switch on a light switch or open a door etc.
Brodie is currently auto-racing late-models and in the NASCAR K & N Series, Brodie is positioning himself for a bright and fast future. Brodie’s family has moved from Australia to the USA for Brodie’s career in motorsports.
Learn more about Canine Companions for Independence visit www.cci.org . Brodie’s race schedule can be found at www.brodiekosteckimotorsport.com