Paralysed IndyCar driver races again in hi-tech Corvette
By Matthew Stock
GOODWOOD, England, July 15 (Reuters) – Since the age of five, Sam Schmidt’s ambition was to be an IndyCar champion. And he achieved it, winning the Indy 500 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 1999. A glorious racing career beckoned.
But months later, on Jan. 6, 2000, Schmidt crashed during a practice lap at the Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, severely injuring his spinal cord.
Doctors told him he would likely be on a ventilator for the rest of his life. He was off the ventilator in six weeks, but was diagnosed as a quadriplegic – paralysed from the neck down.
“It was my passion my entire life and then this happens and it kind of turns things upside down,” Schmidt told Reuters.
While the prospect of him racing again was gone, Schmidt founded Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2001. His team, now known as Arrow McLaren SP, has won 12 IndyCar races.
Still, the urge to…