Sam Schmidt returns to IMS

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In 2000, a practice session forever changed former race car driver Sam Schmidt’s life.

A devastating crash at the Walt Disney Speedway left Schmidt a quadriplegic, but he vowed to return to the track he’s loved so much.

He’s done that as a race car owner – owning the 2011 winning car; but on Sunday, he returned to the track as a driver thanks to substantial technological advances.

Fellow race car drivers stopped what they were doing to come and be a part of the moment Sunday morning. Some spectators even shed a tear for a day they thought they’d never see.

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