Name – PJ Matheson
Age – 17
Location – Werribee Victoria
What do you race? I started out in Quarter Midgets from the age of 8 years old after winning quite a few titles and getting too tall for my car we progressed to speedway karts and now i race Outlaw Karts.
How long have you been racing? 9 Years.
What do you enjoy most about racing? Having fun doing something that I love.
Who is your inspiration and why did you start racing? My inspiration was my family My Pop raced, My Dad raced, My Mum, and My Godfather they all raced and I loved watching the Bathurst 1000 or the sprint cars at Avalon Raceway than i wanted to jump in the seat of a race car.
What would you like people to know about you? I’m always trying to be the best person I can be like being a role model for people who have autism who don’t think they cannot race because of autism i try and be there voice in racing saying people who have autism can do anything they want to like being a race car driver a pilot you can be anything you wanna be.
Who supports you in your racing? My Mum, Dad, Nan, Pop, My sponsors, My friends, and the rest of my family.
Would you like to tell us about your autism diagnosis and about any challenges you face? The challenges I face with autism is that I got heavily bullied at school because I was different to the rest of the kids in my class so that was a challenge for me.
How do you think autism has helped you? Its helped me because I found myself and who I’m supposed to be which is being different to others and being me.
Who are your sponsors? TFI Group, Westside Plant Hire, Alfie’s Excavation and Plant Hire and Tex Oz Smokehouse.