You may recognize the name Sam Schmidt from Indy car racing. In 2000, Schmidt was injured in a racing accident with a C-3/4/5 spinal cord injury, leaving him paralyzed from below the neck. Although he uses a wheelchair for mobility, he hasn’t let his disability slow him down, literally!
Schmidt worked with Arrow Electronics to design a race car that he can drive using his head and mouth. He controls the vehicle similarly to how he drives his chair: using a head array system.
Now that Schmidt is not racing, he started the Sam Schmidt Foundation to raise money for a cure for spinal cord injury. He hopes to be able to walk his daughter down the aisle when she gets married.
Here is a video showing a glimpse of Schmidt’s life after injury. He still has a positive outlook on life and loves spending time with his family.