October 7, 2015 – Falci Adaptive Motorsports NeuroGroove Race Day
Professional racecar driver Martin Truex Jr. gave rides around Pikes Peak International Raceway to paraplegic and quadriplegic individuals in our specially designed “adaptive” Furniture Row NASCAR. Many also drove the car themselves using the added adaptive hand controls.
The vehicle used for the event was the No. 78 Chevy donated by Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser. Truex flew out to Colorado from Charlotte just to participate in this event.
The “smart glasses” technology being developed by Falci Adaptive Biosystems’ partners Falconworks, U.S. Air Force Academy, and Air Force Research Laboratory was also on display. An Air Force Academy cadet demonstrated a wheelchair being driven with nothing more than head movement using this groundbreaking technology.
This “smart glasses” technology is currently being integrated into the No 78 Furniture Row NASCAR with plans to showcase race weekend at the Talladega 500 2016. A quadriplegic individual will drive the No 78 car at the Talladega Superspeedway using only head movement.
The Falci Adaptive Motorsports team is excited about the fact that this sport is now available for the spinal cord and disabled population and the No.78 Furniture Row car has been a great platform for helping to launch this new adaptive sport. This was an uplifting experience not only for the spinal cord injured individuals and their families but for all of our partners who have been passionately working on this new adaptive technology.