Today at the Lang Chevrolet Blog we have a true feel good story involving the one of the most popular models we offer, the Chevrolet Corvette, and one of the most notable races in the world, the Indianapolis 500.

Incredible Story – Sam Schmidt was a driver on the Indy Racing League circuit, until he suffered a life-altering crash at the Walt Disney World Speedway. The crash left Schmidt on a respirator for five weeks and without the use of his arms or legs. Despite the disabilities and obvious hardships the sport has undoubtedly caused Schmidt his passion for the sport of racing has never wavered.

Incredible Car – Now Schmidt will be granted a once –in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive the pace car at the Indy 500 in a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray that is semi-autonomous. Since it is a little over our heads just how the car operates, we found this article to help better explain the complex system:

“An array of helmet-mounted reflective infrared markers allow a series of overhead cameras to track and measure the movements of the driver’s head. Tilting his head left or right, Schmidt steers the car in the same direction; tilting his head back accelerates while biting down on a mouth tube applies the brakes.”

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

While Schmidt won’t be driving this exact model, SAM – the name of his car, will be similar

Even if you’re not a racing fan, be sure to tune into the festivities which culminate with the race itself on May 25 to see an amazing story and performance automobile come together in a way many people never believed possible. The Corvette and Indy 500 have a storied history, but this latest chapter might prove to be one of the most popular ever when it’s all said and done.

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