IndyCar driver helps boy's high-speed wish come true

Ride of his life
Ride of a lifetime

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHR) - A ten-year-old Evansville boy is living life in the fast lane.

Nicholas Hirsch loves fast cars, so Kids Wish Network, which grants wishes for children with life-altering diseases stepped in and IndyCar driver Conor Daly stepped up.

Nicholas has had a difficult time after being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in the last year. So Thursday, his family made the drive from Evansville so he could leave all that behind.

"I started when I was ten, so you are going to be a race car driver from now on," Daly said as the two met at Fastimes Indoor Karting. "You have to come and see me race."

"We would be cheering for you," Nicholas replied.

"You should. I would appreciate that," Daly said.

While Conor can get up to speeds of over 200 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he would be driving around 35-40 mph at Fastimes. Just fast enough for Nicholas to leave this year behind.

"Going to pass you, brothers," Daly yelled as their kart blew by the competition.

Thursday, the boy who everyone else has passed by in the last year got to excel on the track, even passing his three brothers thanks to the man behind the wheel.

"He was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease last February and ever since then, he has been undergoing a lot for a young 9-10-year-old boy, so we found out he was going to be granted a wish we had no idea they would fit this trip to exactly what Nicholas likes," said Nicholas' mom, Rachel.

"We are here to enjoy right now. To go fast, drive some cars and enjoy the time that we have here at Fastimes. So I think it's a lot of fun," Daly told Eyewitness News before Nicholas arrived at the track.

After the race, everyone got a medal, some pictures on the victory stand, and some conversations.

"What does it feel like to be a race car driver?" Nicholas asked Daly.

"Well, did you feel the adrenalin at all? Blood start to race a little bit? I love that. I love just feeling the speed," he answered.

"What did you think?" he then asked Nicholas.

"It tickled my stomach going so fast. It felt like I was in the Indianapolis 500," the ten-year-old replied.

It's a kid's wish come true.

The Hirsch's day did not stop there. They are also headed to Thursday night's Indiana Pacers game against Washington.