Sam Schmidt is an Inspiration to everyone not just in motorsport but in the wider world. The Las Vegas native who is a quadriplegic has not let his injury define who he is as he has gone from being a successful driver to a successful team owner.
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of his testing crash at Walt Disney World Speedway, Sam who was told he would never be off a ventilator set up an NTT IndyCar Series team with the support of his wife Sheila and his mum and dad.
The team made their debut in 2001 just 14 months after Sam’s accident. Since their debut the team have won seven races.
The team took pole position for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 with James Hinchcliffe having taken the P1 Award.
In 2020, his team which he owns with Ric Peterson have teamed up with McLaren Racing to be rebranded as Arrow McLaren SP with Chevrolet power.
Schmidt has worked incredibly hard outside of motorsport though his foundation to raise awareness and carry out research into paralysis.
Schmidt in conjunction with Arrow Global has developed a device which allows him to drive a specially modified Chevrolet Corvette.
In 2016, Schmidt was given a a drivers licence in his home state of Nevada.
Schmidt has shown great courage and he is truly an inspiration to everyone.