Quote of the Day

"Everyone is the same size when they race."—Rico Abreu, the first person with achondroplasia dwarfism to win a NASCAR race, which he did earlier this year.

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CNN Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, in voiceover, over video footage of Rico Abreu, a young man with dwarfism wearing a racing suit, getting into a car: Rico Abreu, was born with achondroplasia; it's a bone disorder that's the most common type of dwarfism. But hasn't quelled the race car driver's competitive streak.

Race Car Driver Rico Abreu, sitting and speaking to the camera: I don't think my stature has affected, you know, my driving style or what I do on and off the racetrack—and anything I've ever done, I've wanted to win.

Gupta, over footage of Abreu racing: And win he does. Abreu won nearly a quarter of his races in 2014 and grabbed his first ever NASCAR victory in July.

Abreu, on camera: I got the lead with numerous laps to go, and then lost the lead again, and got the lead back with about 10 laps to go, and ended up winning the race. Crossing the checkered flag when you win—there's not much more of a feeling than that.

Male voiceover on video clip showing Abreu crawling out of his racecar and lifting his arms to the crowd: And the celebration is getting ready to get under way as Rico crawls out of the car.

Gupta, over footage of Abreu tuning a vehicle: At just 4'4", Abreu has his cars adapted to fit his height, and wants to inspire others with dwarfism to find a way to do what they love as well.

Abreu, over footage of fans coming up to him to shake his hand and ask for his autograph: A lot of people come up to me and say how inspiring I am. I really feel that you can push yourself to, you know, do what you love.

Gupta, over footage of Abreu holding the checkered flag and high-fiving his team: After all, on the racetrack, it's not about how tall you are.

Abreu, on camera: Everyone is the same size when they race, and it's just about having the biggest heart. [grins]

Gupta: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, reporting.

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