Sam Schmidt, former IndyCar racer and founder of both Conquer Paralysis Now and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will join the Terry Fator Theater stage during the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) opening general session to discuss how the application of innovative motor vehicle technologies led him to overcome incredible odds after an IndyCar crash in 2000.
Immediately following Daniel Burrus’s keynote presentation to the HDAW audience on how to become a successful anticipatory organization, Schmidt and Burrus will engage in a one-on-one discussion with Sam sharing with the audience how his passion to innovate using technology allows him to race again and why HDAW attendees should embrace technology to benefit their businesses. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage in a brief Q&A with Schmidt on life, career, and the future of motor vehicles.
IndyCar team owner and driver Sam Schmidt is an undeniable leader. Following in his father’s footsteps and developing an unmeasured interest in motorsports, Sam had a goal to race in the Indianapolis 500. A horrendous car crash at Walt Disney World Speedway rendered him a quadriplegic in January 2000. Though no longer able to drive a racecar, Sam was still passionate about the sport and founded Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and in 2011, he established a full-time IndyCar racing team which has collected six wins, two Indianapolis 500 pole positions, and three top-five finishes in the championship points standings.
Sam, along with a few close friends, also founded the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. Known today as Conquer Paralysis Now, they fund global research and support organizations benefiting people with disabilities.