Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Tag: Driving

Quadriplegic Sam Schmidt Races Again In A Corvette C8

Published: August 24, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

The former Indycar racer loves his new car!

In 2000, Indycar racer Sam Schmidt was doing a testing run at Walt Disney World Speedway when he spun out of control and crashed, severing his spinal cord between his 3rd and 4th vertebrae.

He had gone from being a race-winning Indycar League driver to a quadriplegic in the space of a moment. However, he was determined to keep racing and formed an Indycar racing team just 14 months after being paralyzed. That team was Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Quadriplegics Answer Web’s Most Searched Questions on Paralysis

Published: January 9, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Jenny and Abby answer some of the webs most asked questions for people living with paralysis (specifically quadriplegia)!

Paralympians get chance behind the wheel of a NASCAR Cup car at Richmond

Published: April 12, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Falci Adaptive Motorsports is backed by Furniture Row’s Barney Visser

Five people with mobility challenges, including three U.S. Paralympians, were recently treated to a ride-and-drive experience in a Toyota Camry at Richmond Raceway. The event was a prelude to this weekend’s Toyota-sponsored NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series races at the ¾-mile, D-shaped track in Virginia’s capital city.

It was the year’s second event for the Denver-based Falci Adaptive Motorsports team.

Enabling a Quadriplegic to Race Cars

Published: December 7, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Arrow gave a team twelve months to create a quadriplegic-compatible racing car – it took them five

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Arrow Electronics gave its semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM) design team a little under a year to enable a quadriplegic to drive a race car. As a practical matter, they did it in less than five months.

The essence of every engineering challenge is the tension between goals and constraints — invent, improve, add (and so on) versus money, time, personnel, tools, etc. It’s not that unusual to have to account for the traits of potential users, but it’s the rare project in which user traits so completely dominate all other variables, including those having to do with hardware, software, and resource.

New technology allows spinal cord patients to drive a NASCAR race car

Published: October 9, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

It was a sunny morning Thursday at Dover International Speedway, and, with a full NASCAR slate scheduled for the weekend, it came as no surprise that the thunderous roar of a stock car rattled the air at the Monster Mile.

The No. 78 flat-black Toyota Camry, owned by Furniture Row Racing, was screaming around the track, but it was not the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, Martin Truex Jr., behind the wheel.

Sam Schmidt’s paralysis gives him ability to inspire others

Published: September 12, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The stranger had tears in his eyes as he pushed through a crowd to reach Sam Schmidt in his wheelchair.

Schmidt was watching his team tune up a pair of engines, the roar was relentless and the man had to lean in close and shout in Schmidt’s ear to be heard. Thank you, the man said over and over, never expanding upon his gratitude. He tried to shake Schmidt’s hand, awkwardly just patted it, thanked him again and backed away.

Driving with a Spinal Cord Injury

Published: August 31, 2018

For this video with Aaron Baker, we head to his business, CORE (Center for Restorative Exercise) where he meets up with Steve, Xander and Alex, all whom use hand controls.

Adaptive Automotive Equipment Options for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: January 25, 2018

This webinar will highlight a range of topics pertaining to adaptive automotive equipment for personal use and information for allied health care practitioners and other stakeholders in understanding and advocating for individuals seeking automotive vehicle modification solutions.

‘Paralyzed bride’ has a message for drivers who make it tough to access parking...

Published: December 28, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Rachelle Friedman Chapman – known by many as “the paralyzed bride” – is calling attention to the way people park in and around handicap-accessible spaces.

Chapman, who lives in Knightdale, shared a recent experience in a Facebook post Wednesday showing an SUV in a handicap space parked across the line, into the section designated for wheelchair access.

Chapman was unable to use the wheelchair ramp to her own SUV because the other vehicle was parked outside its boundary.

App helps drivers in wheelchairs get help at the gas pump

Published: July 28, 2017

Langley’s Zosia Ettenberg says refuelling in wheelchair impossible without assistance

The simple act of filling a gas tank can be an insurmountable challenge for people who use a wheelchair.

That was the experience of Langley resident Zosia Ettenberg.

“It’s literally impossible for me to pump gas by myself,” Ettenberg told On the Coast host Tanya Fletcher.

“I have to park far enough away from the gas pump to get out, and then go around and have enough space for the wheelchair between the car and the pump,” Ettenberg said.