Young man passionate about go karting, hopes to be a pro one day

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Since Matt Kenseth’s NASCAR career has grown, Wisconsin has been producing more and more successful race car drivers. One not only tears up the track, but inspires people with his amazing story.

“Nothing is like being in a go-kart. You’re out in the open. You’re one-inch off the ground — hitting speeds of sometimes over 100 miles-per-hour,” Ben Leonhardt said.

Leonhardt likes to drive fast, and that’s no surprise since he’s 16 years old!

However, what makes Leonhardt special are the speed bumps life put in front of him. He was born with not one, but eight different birth defects, causing him to have almost 30 surgeries and procedures.

“Most of them were on my heart. My most recent one was on my spine. I had scoliosis and I actually flat-lined in it. I had to get resuscitated, and four years to the exact…

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