I am Jay Blake, the world's only completely blind crew chief in the world of motorsports. Ask me anything!
Hello everyone! This is my first time on reddit, I'll be here answering any of your questions. To sum it up, While working as the head mechanic of a transportation company in May 1997, I was involved in an industrial accident that caused me to lose complete vision, smell, and taste. At the age of 31, I had to relearn how to live.
I went through rehabilitation and one day I realized, even without sight, I was still able to do what I loved most, work on cars. It was always my dream to be involved with drag racing in any way, and after much hard work, and teamwork, I turned my dream into reality. Now I try to inspire others to accomplish their goals through the Power of Positive thinking, I have been around the country to speak to people and try to inspire them to follow their dreams, If I can do it, they can.
The Follow a Dream team competes in the Top Alcohol Funny car Class in the NHRA. The car is a Chevrolet Impala SS, Carbon fiber body, mounted on a chrome molly tube chassis, with a 526 cid Hemi which makes about 3500 horsepower. The car accelerates from a standing stop to over 260 miles an hour in 5.50 seconds.
My website is www.followadream.org Look forward to answering your questions!
edit 1: Steve(Jay's son) here, my dad is a busy guy, and constantly has people calling or stopping by, also, we have to unload the trailer as well. I will make sure all your questions get answered though, I promise! Also check out www.permatex.com we want to thank them for all their support! And my dad's always looking for more sponsors, so if any of you enjoy this AMA, spread the word!
EDIT 2: Going out to unload the trailer, check back in a while.
EDIT 3: Thank you so much everyone, my dad loved answering your questions! Check out his twitter page: @jayfollowadream www.followadream.org and www.facebook.com/FollowADreamINC thank you guys all so much!