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Armani Williams

Armani Williams

Armani Williams
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Quick Facts

Is Racecar driver
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 14 April 2000
Age 21 years
Star sign Aries
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Armani Williams (born April 14, 2000) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the ARCA Menards Series, driving the No. 01 Ford for Fast Track Racing. Williams is notable for being the first NASCAR driver (openly) diagnosed on the autism spectrum. He is also one of three African American drivers currently competing in NASCAR, along with Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace and Truck Series driver Jesse Iwuji.

Career

Williams loved to play with Hot Wheels toy cars as a child, and later discovered NASCAR on TV and immediately began watching races. He soon decided it was what he wanted to do as a career, so he began racing go-karts at age 8, and eventually bandoleros after that. Specifically, he attended a competitive go-karting school and then participated in go-kart races.

Williams originally competed in the ARCA Truck Series, which was shut down during his time racing in that series, so he moved to the NASCAR Pinty's Series in Canada in 2017. Driving for his mentor, D. J. Kennington, Williams drove his No. 28 Dodge in five races (plus withdrawing from a sixth), with a best finish of eleventh in his debut race at Delaware Speedway. He made one start in 2018 for Peter Simone's No. 97 Dodge at New Hampshire, where he earned his first top-10 finish in the series with a ninth-place.

He raced once in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West in 2018 for Calabrese Motorsports and Patriot Motorsports Group, respectively. He returned to the Patriot team, renamed Kart Idaho Racing, in 2019 (after a change in ownership), after not qualifying for the race at Irwindale driving the No. 35 for Vizion Motorsports. After Williams' DNQ, John Wood stepped out of his No. 38 for Williams to drive it, where he finished twelfth. In the East Series, Williams competed with Kart Idaho at New Hampshire, finishing eleventh in that race.

Williams stated in an interview in October 2019 that he was hoping to run full-time in the ARCA Menards Series, East Series, or West Series in 2020 if possible. Although specific plans have not been announced and it is unclear if they will come to fruition, Williams is listed on Vizion's website to run full-time in the ARCA Menards Series in 2020.

Over the course of his NASCAR career, Williams' cars have often sported blue paint schemes with the blue autism puzzle pieces to symbolize his diagnosis on the spectrum and to raise awareness.

Personal life

Diagnosed at age two, Williams is on the autism spectrum and spoke his first word at three years old. He did have some social interaction and sensory issues growing up, as other people on the spectrum do, but quickly learned to improve and overcome them with the help of his parents.

He and his father attended the Brickyard 400 when he was ten (so, the 2010 race), which sparked his interest in racing along with playing with toy cars at home and watching NASCAR races on TV. He attends Oakland University studying mechanical engineering. His favorite driver growing up was Jimmie Johnson.

He is from Grosse Point, Michigan and had a 3.0 GPA at his high school while balancing school and racing.

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

K&N Pro Series East

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts
2018 Calabrese Motorsports 43 Ford NSM BRI LGY SBO SBO MEM
NJM THO NHA IOW GLN GTW NHA DOV 53rd 28
2019 Kart Idaho Racing 38 Ford NSM BRI SBO SBO MEM NHA IOW GLN BRI GTW NHA
DOV 38th 33

K&N Pro Series West

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSWC Pts
2018 Patriot Motorsports Group 34 Ford KCR TUS TUS OSS CNS SON DCS IOW EVG
GTW LVS MER AAS KCR 49th 29
2019 Vizion Motorsports 35 Chevy LVS IRW
51st 32
Kart Idaho Racing 38 IRW
TUS TUS CNS SON DCS IOW EVG GTW MER AAS KCR PHO

Pinty's Series

NASCAR Pinty's Series results
Year Team owner No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points
2017 DJK Racing 28 Dodge MOS DEL
CHA ICA TOR WYA
WYA
EDM TRO RIV
MOS STE JUK
17th 157
2018 Peter Simone 97 Dodge MSP JUK ACD TOR SAS SAS EIR CTR RIS MSP ASE NHA
JUK 42nd 35

Season still in progress
Ineligible for series points

ARCA Menards Series

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Menards Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 AMSC Pts Ref
2020 Fast Track Racing 01 Ford DAY PHO
17
SLM TAL CLT MOH MCH CHI POC IRP ELK IOW GTW MAD GLN ISF DSF BRI MEM KAN -* -*
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 17 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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https://hometracks.nascar.com/2018/08/20/armani-williams-defying-the-odds-and-living-his-dream-in-nascar/
https://www.racing-reference.info/showblog?id=3552
https://face2faceafrica.com/article/meet-the-first-autistic-nascar-driver-who-is-only-18-years-old
https://vizionmotorsports.com/arca
https://blackdoctor.org/514774/17-year-old-armani-williams-is-nascars-first-driver-with-autism/2/
https://the-art-of-autism.com/an-interview-with-armani-williams-the-first-nascar-driver-on-the-autism-spectrum/
https://www.racing-reference.info/drivdet/williar01/2020/A
http://teamarmaniracing.com
http://www.racing-reference.info/driver/Armani_Williams
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