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