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December 27, 2012

Racing champion leans on faith to persevere

BROWNSBURG — Antron Brown remembers when it all changed for him. A truck his older brother was driving tumbled end over end, life flashing before his eyes. When his brother survived, it changed him instantaneously.

Brown is a NHRA top fuel drag racing champion now for Don Schumacher Racing, but he concedes he wouldn’t be without his undying faith, which was enhanced that day.

“It was some things that got instilled in (my brother) that instantly changed him, when I saw him go through that transfer. We always went to church, but one day he stayed after, asking more questions. He got more involved, transferred colleges, and then at 21 became an ordained minister. It made me curious. Why, I asked myself,” recalls Brown.

A short time later, Brown had an injury as a motocross racer that he says “I had a hard time answering.”

“I was racing motocross, and to an extent that’s what I wanted to do when I got older. I ate, slept, and dreamed it. Then I got hurt, and it was taken away for eight months. That’s when all this stuff changed on me and I started praying. It wasn’t the first time I’d ever prayed before, but it was a different kind.”

Brown gave up on racing professionally shortly after that sit down with God asking to be guided to what it was he was supposed to do with his life. Brown went on to college, and then got an opportunity to drag race professionally. He recalled that prayer at that time, and knew that racing could be his platform to help change the lives of others.

“I realized I can go in and change other people’s lives and make their lives better. I talk at career fairs, and I tell people it’s God, family, and then work. I ask them, ‘what is your dream you want to do?’ Don’t say ‘this is what I want to do’ but you’re over there doing something that has nothing to do with it. Like, if you want to be in racing, you have to do everything you can to get into racing. It might not always be the job you want at first. It might be taking a job on a race team in hospitality. Might be taking a job on a race team selling tee shirts in the tee shirt trailer. You’ve got to have that faith,” he advises.

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