Sam's Story


Sam Schmidt is paralyzed. Now an Indy Racing League owner, he was a driver when he sustained a C-3/4/5 spinal cord injury while practicing for the 2000 season opener at Walt Disney World Speedway.  

He created the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) that year to raise funds for medical research, innovative equipment used for rehabilitation, and quality-of-life issues.

Absolutely no funds raised for SSPF have ever supported his racing team, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

“We've been spreading the message that you need to stay in shape and keep working hard, because some type of treatment is going to come,” Sam says. “Frankly, I've come to the realization that I'm helping a lot more people since I’ve been injured than I ever could as a driver.”

Sam's dream is to walk his daughter down the aisle when she gets married. What's yours?