GOODWOOD, England — Considering that the age of five, Sam Schmidt’s ambition was to be an IndyCar champion. And he obtained it, profitable the Indy 500 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 1999. A superb racing vocation beckoned.
But months later, on Jan. 6, 2000, Schmidt crashed all through a follow lap at the Walt Disney Planet Speedway in Orlando, seriously injuring his spinal twine.
Medical practitioners informed him he would most likely be on a ventilator for the relaxation of his existence. He was off the ventilator in six months, but was diagnosed as a quadriplegic — paralyzed