Sam Schmidt is a former IndyCar driver and current co-owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The Lincoln, Nebraska native grew up working on race cars with his father who competed in drag races. Sam’s first season of IndyCar competition was 1997. Schmidt later became a pole winner and race winner in 1999.
Sam was in the midst of off-season testing when he endured a massive hit at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando.
Despite no longer being able to race, Schmidt forged on, establishing The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, (now known as Conquer Paralysis Now) as well as Sam Schmidt Motorsports, which is today called Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, just 14 months after the accident. Although Sam remains paralyzed from his chest down, thanks to technology, as well as his determination to find ways of independence, the 52-year-old has been granted a license – the first of its kind which allows him to drive a semi-autonomous vehicle. Today Sam, his wife Sheila and their two children, Savannah and Spencer, live in Henderson, Nevada.
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