Sam Schmidt got behind the wheel of a black Corvette on Sunday morning to take laps around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Schmidt, who is a quadriplegic as the result of a testing accident in 2000, drove the car around the track prior to the start of Pole Day.
So cool to watch Sam Schmidt drive around @IMS… With a qualifying time of 73.713 mph! pic.twitter.com/mn7VrMlfJs
— Katie Hargitt (@katiehargitt) May 18, 2014
Hands and feet are not required to drive the SAM car (Semi-Autonomous Motorcar) rather sensors in a hat transmit information to the dashboard. Head tilting is used for acceleration while biting slows it down. (Below is a video further describing it)
“I think this will have huge benefits for people with disabilities down the road,” said Schmidt via IMS’s official website. “This is a full-circle moment today. A lot of the emotions stem from being at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It got to qualify for the race three times.
“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was...