Armani Williams is a 18-year-old, Detroit-based professional NASCAR driver. Armani is now a part of the NASCAR stable of talented upcoming drivers. He is using his racing as a platform to draw more awareness to Autism and create better life outcomes for families impacted by the disorder. Competing for Calabrese Motor Sports and Flyin’ Dutchman Racing.
Armani was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at the age of two-years-old and he was considered nonverbal. He is the first openly diagnosed autistic NASCAR driver. Autism is a disorder that is characteristically marked by difficulty focusing on and processing different stimuli and tasks simultaneously, in addition to complications with communication. These are two key skills for any race car driver. Initially, it seemed that Armani’s dream of becoming a professional NASCAR driver was impossible.
However, Armani doesn’t accept impossible. When he was eight-years-old, Armani began competing in go-kart racing, then bandolero styles vehicles, and quickly progressed to professional series. He raced in the ARCA Truck Pro Series in 2016, signing with SPEAR MotorSports. He broke records by becoming the highest finishing African American in a series race and the highest finishing African American in the series championship.
The same year, Armani was invited to compete in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine and returned to the competition for a second year in a row. 2017 saw Armani move up to a higher level of competition to hone his skills as a race car driver and gain confidence in the former NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, now the NASCAR Pinty’s Series of Canada. He was coached by the team general manager and driver Joey McColm, along with NASCAR Monster Energy Cup driver D.J. Kennington. To date, Armani has 18 wins and two championships.
Armani’s future in the sport is both remarkable and bright. Armani is now part of the Calabrese Motorsports stable of talented drivers and will make starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and ARCA as he climbs the ladder to the biggest races in the sport.
Armani’s experience with autism and success on the track inspires his philanthropy off the track. In 2015, Armani and his family established the Armani Williams Autism Foundation and he continues to speak nationally on autism to raise awareness and drive action.
Armani is a two-time NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine Participant. He currently races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Armani has raced as a professional in the ARCA Truck Pro Series, the former NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, now branded as the NASCAR Pinty’s Series for CBRT Motorsports. The sky is the limit as Armani climbs the ladder to the biggest races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup Series.
“Tell me I can’t so I can show you that I can” – Armani