Josh Grandeo, 9, tells teacher he wants to be a pit crew member when he grows up
LYNCHBURG, Va. â âHow cool is this? Look at your fancy outfit,â Kirsten Filiberto said to her student Josh Grandeo.
Josh hugged her after finding out she was behind the surprise.
It all started with a picture of Josh dressed in Filibertoâs old college cap and gown— holding a sign that reads âFuture Pit Crew Member.â
Filiberto teaches reading at Paul Munro Elementary School and has her students dress in her cap and gown.
âIâve never had a student say they wanted to be a pit crew member before,â Filiberto said.
With help from a friend, Filiberto found out pit crew members with Chip Ganassi Racing out of Charlotte, North Carolina wanted to pay the 9-year-old a visit.
Grandeo was ecstatic.
âI was like, âOh my gosh,â” Josh said. â…I was like, going crazy and stuff.”
Not only did the crew send Josh a recruiting letter to join the team, but they brought in a race car just for him with his name on it.
âGanassi Racing went above and beyond. They couldâve just sent him a recruiting letter and Josh would have been just as excited,â Filiberto said.
Josh was put to the test. He helped change the tires and even sat in the driverâs seat.
âReally squishy because of the steering wheel,â Josh said when he described sitting in the car.
âI hope this was fun for him. This is only a small part of what he can really see. Weâd love to get him down to the shop and show him around,â said Stephen Price, a rear tire changer and Lynchburg native.
âFor them to take time out of their busy schedule to come here and share some time with both our sons has been amazing. Itâs just a wonderful experience we would have never dreamed of,â said Jason Grandeo, Joshâs dad.
Itâs certainly a dream Josh says he never imagined and will never forget.
âThank you,â Josh said to pit crew members.
Joshâs parents say they will be taking him to Martinsville to see some races.
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