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Former Race Car Driver Living with Quadriplegia Sam Schmidt to Simulate Qualifying Laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Semi-Autonomous Motorcar

Arrow Electronics, Inc.:

WHAT:

   

Former IndyCar driver and current IndyCar Series Team Owner Sam Schmidt will drive the vehicle prior to the start of Old National Armed Forces Pole Day featuring qualifying for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

 
A news conference with the engineering teams and medical staff behind the SAM Project, an initiative to create the first-ever semi-autonomous motorcar modified for quadriplegics to be driven at speed on a race track using integrated advanced electronics.
 

WHO:

Sam Schmidt, owner, Schmidt Peterson Motor Sports
Michael J. Long, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Arrow Electronics, Inc.
Chakib Loucif, vice president, engineering, Arrow Electronics, Inc.
Joe Verrengia, director, corporate social responsibility, Arrow Electronics, Inc.
Timothy Choate, senior business area manager, aerospace and cyberspace technologies, Ball Aerospace
James Christensen, PhD, applied neuroscience branch, Air Force Research Laboratory
Dr. Scott Falci, chief neurosurgeon, Craig Hospital, and founder, Falci Adaptive Motorsports
 

WHEN:

Sunday, May 18

Press Conference: 8:30 a.m. ET

On-Track Demonstration: 9:30 am ET

Media availability with Schmidt, engineers and medical staff immediately following demonstration

 

WHERE:

Economaki Press Conference Room, First floor media center, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis

 

PRESS

CREDENTIALS:

Tim Sullivan, [email protected]

 

MEDIA

CONTACTS:

Dawn Small, Arrow Electronics, 720-250-6103, [email protected]

Mary Engola, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., 571-236-0950, [email protected]

Krystin Wiggs, for Schmidt Peterson Motor Sports, 317-731-6394, [email protected]

Kirsten Kryzstek, Falci Adaptive Motorsports, 303-789-8984, [email protected]

Christina Wooten, Air Force Research Laboratory, 937-255-3814, [email protected]

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