Arrow McLaren SP team co-owner Sam Schmidt who was paralyzed following an IndyCar crash 21 years ago has worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of people like him who are paralyzed. Schmidt and his team partner Arrow Electronics developed the SAM – Semi-Autonomous Motor car, a Corvette which has allowed Sam to get back behind the wheel.
Sam continues to work in the NTT IndyCar Series at the race track and will oversee not one, not two but three cars in this weekend’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge with Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist joined by Juan Pablo Montoya.
Schmidt recently surprised the team at Arrow McLaren SP during the preparation for the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he and Arrow Electronics developed an exoskeleton which allowed Sam to stand and walk with assistance which was amazing for the engineers and mechanics at the team who had never seen that.
Ahead of the Indianapolis 500, Sam caught up with Today and this is what happened:
Thanks to new technology, Sam Schmidt, an Indy car driver who was paralyzed from the shoulders down 21 years ago, is walking again for the first time – and danced with his daughter at her wedding. @HarrySmith reports. pic.twitter.com/m8aNXPCvu4
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 26, 2021
The biggest accomplishment for Sam was the fact that he was able to dance with his daughter when recently got married.