Kimberly from Centereach, N.Y.: I just read an article about a man name Daryn Miller who races in the Charger division in Riverhead, NY. Miller is profoundly deaf and gets thru his races by the aid of 4 lights inside his car at the top of the windshield. Two red lights surround a yellow and a green bulb. The red bulbs tell him to go either left or right, the green to just keep going, and the yellow indicates there is a caution -- an accident or other incident that causes officials to slow the race down -- on the track. His father/coach Bob Miller observes the conditions and lights the respective bulb with the remote control. In such places like Bristol and Dover, where radio communication has proven difficult to hear yourself think, how come NASCAR hasn't thought of this brillant idea?
Tom Jensen: Kimberly: Thanks for the story, which is an interesting one. I think it's a great solution for a deaf driver. But in general, drivers and teams would be reluctant to change to a system for just a few races a year and team owners wouldn't want to pay to change the cars over. Also, I think the system would work better in one car for a 50- or 100-lap race than in all 43 cars over 400 or 500 laps.
Do you think that using that lighting system discussed by Kimberly and Tom Jensen would work for Greg Gunderson who is trying to become the first ever Deaf NASCAR driver (click here and here for more stories on Greg Gunderson's goal)? Would having that lighting communication system work well in all kinds of races? In certain races? And for how many laps would it work the most effectively and efficiently? Impossible?
I already know the answer. So does Greg in last year's interview. Can you find it?
So, what's your answer?
UPDATE: Check out this first historical event ever to take place in the ARCA/NASCAR industry to bring the first deaf racing driver to the racing scene. See photos of this historic news.