Saskatchewan racing event provides car lover with an unforgettable moment


Hundreds of car fanatics came down to the Saskatchewan International Raceway, just south of Saskatoon, on Sunday.The roaring engines and melted tires are all a tribute to fifty-nine-year-old Robert Carignan.“I woke up this morning having one of those ‘why me?’ day’s,” said Carignan. “Thanks to Kevin (Carignan) it turned out to be the highlight of my summer.”Story continues below

READ MORE: Brothers defy odds to finish Queen City Marathon togetherCarignan lives with Kennedy’s Disease, which limits his mobility and gradually gets worse.His cousin Kevin has been encouraging him to do the things he loves while he still can, such as riding shotgun in a race car.“I know he likes cars,” added Kevin Carignan. “I just thought this would be a great day. I love my cousin. He is my inspiration.”With Kevin’s help, Robert is getting a ride with someone new — racer Sheri Gordon.“I get a sense of joy in putting smiles on other people’s faces,” said Gordon.READ MORE: World’s largest motorcycle relay journeys across Canada; and its all womenAs the disease progresses, Rob will become less able to enjoy the speed he loves so much. Before that happens, Kevin is trying to get Rob to go even faster.“I’m trying to convince him to jump out of a plane,” Kevin said. ” I said I would do it with him. There are some places where you can tandem-jump and they can do paraplegic.”

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