F1 racer stops by local school ahead of this weekend’s big race

AUSTIN, Texas – Thousands of fans are expected at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend for the Formula 1 US Grand Prix.

The drivers begin practice on Friday, but they are already on their way to explore Central Texas.

“There are many things that you will miss, but sometimes you have to make those sacrifices,” said Lando Norris, No. 7 in the F1 standings.

He drives the McLaren, but slowed down a bit on Wednesday to talk to local high school kids about the importance of staying focused on their passions, whatever those are.

He teamed up with Sponsor smartsheettaking its name from Norris’ car this weekend and replacing it with a non-profit organization The Hidden Genius Projecta group dedicated to showing minority students opportunities they never knew existed.

“Growing up in Oakland, East Oakland, is pretty rough. There aren’t many opportunities that you see that you know about,” said Guy Hesten Parrish of The Hidden Genius Project. “It showed me that web design is a way of getting out of my community and giving back because I know there are a lot of young people who look like me who don’t know a lot about tech and work and the taking.”

KVUEs Rob Evans will have more on Friday morning’s KVUE Daybreak.

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/f1-lando-norris-grand-prix-hidden-genius-project-smartsheet/269-8c083a61-a6e3-48fe-939b-c6e069b59de6 F1 racer stops by local school ahead of this weekend’s big race

Laura Coffey

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