For the former champion Indy racing driver Sam Schmidt, life took the dramatic ...
For the former champion Indy racing driver Sam Schmidt, life took the dramatic turn back in 2001. A serious crash at 210 mph resulted in him becoming the quadriplegic.
Frankly, it is amazing he survived at all and, better yet, he is living out his driving passion today.
Jay Leno recently caught up with Sam Schmidt and his heavily customized Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and to experience first-hand how this former pro driver is still doing his thing.
Because of his condition, Sam Schmidt obviously can’t drive the car like the rest of us, but aided with some of a latest technologies and a first semi-autonomous driver’s license issued in the country, he is driving once again.
Of course the C6 Corvette Z06 was chosen for this task. Schmidt’s the car guy and speed and performance are in his blood. Because he is paralyzed from the neck down, Sam Schmidt drives the Z06 via headgear. That is right. Headgear.
Combined with the car decked with $1 million worth of electronics and the sensors, Schmidt can drive and steer the vehicle – by blowing through the tube. This isn’t parking lot driving. Burning rubber is more accurate.
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