Local Man Crosses Item Off Bucket List

Local Man Crosses Item Off Bucket List

Area man takes the ride of his life at Jennerstown Speedway
JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY, SOMERSET COUNTY - A RACE CAR DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER TOOK TO THE TRACK ON SATURDAY NIGHT. IN IT, A LOCAL MAN WITH DREAM OF NOT LETTING HIS DISABILITY STOP HIM FROM RACING.

"Gentleman, start your engines," said Jason Ebersole, of Everett, at the start of Saturday night's racing.

They're the four most important words in racing, and it was a dream come true for Ebersole to say them.

Ebersole is a huge fan of racing, bust has never been able to ride in a car because of muscular dystrophy. He's been proving doctors wrong for the past 30 years, and was ready to do it once again.

Thanks to Ed Shelpman, Ebersole got to cross off an item on his bucket list.

"I work in the mobility industry," said Shelpman. "I've been in the industry for 37 years. Its been a passion of mine helping people. with disabilities getting around in vehicles. Since that is my background, I thought  with racing, I could come up with an idea to make this happen." 53:23

Shelpman said that he started building the car because of his own daughter have disabilities. This weekend, he said it was a dream come true for him to take Ebersole out as one of the first riders to hit the track in the Ride-N-Drive car.

"We created it so the door will open, just like passenger vehicle. What's unique about it is that the passenger seat not only is there a passenger seat in a race car, but this one actually turns and swivels out of the vehicle so we can transfer him into the car," said Shelpman.

After getting suited up and buckled in, Ebersole was ready to go racing under the lights, in front of his family cheering him on. His driver was Shelpman's son Stephen.

"That feels really good being able to do something that's on someone's bucket list and help them out," said Stephen. "Especially with enthusiastic he is about this."

After finishing up his laps, Ebersole said he wanted to go for more. He said it was a ride he'll never forget, and is hoping to inspire others.

"Hopefully other people with different disabilities get to experience things in life," said Ebersole.

Shelpman said he is planning on taking more people out in the Ride-N-Drive who thought they'd never be able to go racing.
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