Armless Hendrick Motorsports team engineer will inspire you
Richie Parker was born with a love for cars. He was also born without arms.
Parker works at Hendrick Motorsports in Charlotte. Since he was a child, he has been proving people wrong and building devices to make his daily life easier. Now, he’s building for Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“It’s very demanding,” said Parker. “When we have somebody like [crew chief] Chad Knaus that comes back from the racetrack and he says he needs something next week that’s gonna help him win a race, then ‘no’ is never the answer.”
Parker, who was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, graduated from Clemson University in 2009 and first worked at Hendrick Motorsports as an intern in 2005.
“Based on his resume, I knew he could do the things that I needed him to do, it was more a question of how,” said Rex Stump, engineering manager at Hendrick.
Tom Rinaldi reports on the life of Richie Parker, who overcame being born without arms to become a chassis and body component designer for Hendrick Motorsports.