Ask Kris Martin to do something for you and his standard response is “Not a problem.” Stepping in a race car that reaches speeds of over 200 miles per hour. Not a problem. Speaking to over 300 hundred students who look at him as a role model. Not a problem. Being born profoundly deaf. Not a problem. In fact, being born hearing impaired may have helped Kris.
He learned to race by primarily using his tactile senses, and has given him a great ability to feel the track and use his instincts.
Today Kris is actually able to receive partial hearing through the use of an implant he had surgically implanted when he was 8-years old. A company Phonak Hearing Systems created an audio device that uses radiofrequency which allows Kris to communicate with his spotters. The technology was originally created to allow hearing-impaired students to hear their teachers properly and not fall behind in class.
According to Kris, this device is crucial for racing. “If I can’t hear my spotters, I can’t race.”
Years later and with many trophies collected Kris is looking to take it to the next level.
He certainly has the talent to race and he comes with racing in his blood. Warren Coniam(Uncle) and Doug Syer(Grandfather) are both in the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame. Kris also is a strong proponent of giving back to those who are alike himself. A role model for many, Kris speaks to children and charities across North America. His speeches give hope to not only children but to parents that their children can defy any odds that may be placed against them. Many years created some exciting moments for Kris including being featured on Discovery Channel’s television show Daily Planet. He was Top 3 of the NASCAR Hub Show. As exciting as news was for Kris, he will be taking it to the next level. Ask him if he is ready. He will tell you…not a problem.