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Inside the incredible world of Sam Schmidt, quadriplegic racer — ESPN

Sunday, 27 February, 2022

Inside the incredible world of Sam Schmidt, quadriplegic racer — ESPN

Sam Schmidt operates the SAM car using specially-designed sunglasses and a sensor that looks like a straw. ESPN

 
SAM SCHMIDT had to wait 17 years to drive his wife to a date.
He wasn't even meant to be alive at that point, not after what happened to him in January 2000.
Back then, Schmidt was a racing driver, doing what he loved the most, preparing for a new Indy Racing League season. His goal that year was to win the Indy 500.
Then, one day, his life changed forever. It was during a routine lap of a routine test at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Florida, when it happened. In a flash, he lost control of the car and he hit a concrete wall at 180 mph.
The impact severely injured his spinal cord, leaving Schmidt a quadriplegic. When his wife, Sheila, arrived at the hospital after a red-eye flight from their home in Nevada, the best case scenario presented to her was grim. Schmidt was lucky to survive the night. If he was still alive at the end of the week, she should look for a nursing home for her husband as he would be on a ventilator for the rest of his life.
Schmidt's life since has been all about defying expectations. He left the hospital six weeks later. He returned to the Indy paddock and founded his own team a year later.
Then, he discovered a way he might be able to get back behind the wheel. It was beyond anything he had thought was possible.
"In 2000 they didn't give me a week, let alone 21 years to live," Schmidt told ESPN. "At that point it was all about survival and just day by day.
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