Sam Schmidt
May 19

Quadriplegic Schmidt hits 100 mph at Indianapolis

Ex-racer Sam Schmidt sits behind the steering wheel of his majorly-modified Corvette Stingray at Indianapolis. (Photo: Bruce Martin)

Ex-racer sits behind the steering wheel of this modified Stingray at Indianapolis. (Photo: Bruce Martin)

INDIANAPOLIS – During his Indianapolis 500 career as a driver, Sam Schmidt made three four-lap qualification attempts to make the starting lineup of the race from 1997-99. Schmidt’s best qualification effort came in 1999 when he started seventh in the 33-car starting lineup.

Yet Schmidt made his most impressive four-lap run Sunday morning, when he drove a specially prepared Corvette Stingray around the 2.5-mile oval.

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May 14

Quadriplegic ex-racer to drive at Indianapolis using only his head

IndyCar team owner Sam Schmidt at the 2007 Indianapolis 500. (Photo: Dan Streck/LAT Photographic)

Founder of the Paralysis Foundation and team owner at the 2007 Indianapolis 500. (Photo: Dan Streck/LAT Photographic)

From 1996-1999, Sam Schmidt was an IndyCar driver, winning from pole position in his penultimate race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

During the offseason in January 2000, he suffered a major accident at Walt Disney World Speedway, rendering him quadriplegic. Now, he is ready to return to the cockpit, thanks to a modified 2014 Stingray which he will drive for four laps around prior to the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500.

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