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    Hope through racing - Schmidt Foundation Day at races at Phoenix/ Is anyone from Phoenix?

    Hope through racing - Schmidt Foundation Day at races at Phoenix


    Schmidt Showing Hope Through Motorsports

    Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation Spearheads

    'Day At Races' For Phoenix-Area Spinal Cord Injured

    PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Offering a behind the scenes look at the Menards Infiniti Pro Series and the Indy Racing League, three Phoenix-area organizations will bring patients to Phoenix International Speedway Friday for a "Day At The Races" program, headed by the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) and Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

    Approximately 75 people from Joni and Friends, the Arizona Spinal Cord Association and Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Hospital will spend the day at the speedway, meeting drivers, watching the cars, touring the pits and garage, and enjoy lunch provided by Andretti-Green Racing.

    "It is really important for people to see that life continues after a spinal cord injury, and it can continue pretty well, regardless of your circumstances," said Schmidt. "There is hope. That's what the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation is all about -- continuing to work to help people overcome injuries that today might look overwhelming. There have been tremendous strides, amazing strides, made in treating spinal cord injuries in just the past few years. While that research and work continues, we want all of those affected to know there is hope for the future."

    "Day At The Races" is part of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation's program to provide a behind-the-scenes look at IndyCar racing for patients suffering from a disabling injury and their families. The SSPF's guests will enjoy lunch in the infield and one-on-one conversations with Schmidt and IndyCar Series and Infiniti Pro Series drivers. They will get a close look at behind-the-scenes action, the cars themselves, and they will be able to enjoy the IndyCar Series and Infiniti Pro Series qualifying.

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    NASCAR: ANDRETTI-GREEN, SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS HOST SPINAL CORD INJURED AT PHOENIX

    NASCAR: ANDRETTI-GREEN, SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS HOST SPINAL CORD INJURED AT PHOENIX


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    MARCH 18, 2005



    Schmidt, Andretti-Green Host Spinal Cord Injured

    Phoenix 'Day At Races' Hit With 75 Phoenix-area patients



    PHOENIX, Ariz. - Some 75 people with spinal cord injuries experienced motorsports and hope Friday at Phoenix International Raceway, site of this weekend's Indy Racing League events.



    Sam Schmidt, a quadriplegic car owner in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series, hosted Phoenix-area patients at the speedway. The group from three organizations - Joni and Friends, Arizona Spinal Cord Association and Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Hospital - toured the speedway, were the guests of Andretti-Green Racing for lunch, and met various drivers, including Sam Schmidt Motorsports drivers Jaime Camara, Chris Festa and Travis Gregg. Schmidt and Andretti-Green Racing hosted the program through the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.



    "It is really important for people to see that life continues after a spinal cord injury, and it can continue pretty well, regardless of your circumstances," said Schmidt. "There is hope. That's what the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation is all about - continuing to work to help people overcome injuries that today might look overwhelming. There have been tremendous strides, amazing strides, made in treating spinal cord injuries in just the past few years. While that research and work continues, we want all of those affected to know there is hope for the future."



    "Day At The Races" is part of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation's program to provide a behind-the-scenes look at IndyCar racing for patients suffering from a disabling injury and their families.



    "These are the types of things that capture a lot of attention in the Indy car pits and garages," Schmidt said. "Andretti-Green Racing, for example, has really gotten behind our program, especially what we are doing with 'Day At The Races.' They gave us their hospitality tent (Friday), like they have at other races, and put a lunch together for our guests. They are involved in our Gala in May, which is a key fund-raiser for the Foundation, and have been completely supportive of everything we are trying to do."



    The goal of the event is to provide a day at the races for individuals who have suffered from a disabling injury and to show people what one man, Schmidt, did when he was rendered quadriplegic. His drive and determination are an inspiration.



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