BraunAbility is a proud sponsor of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, a racing team founded by a man who inspires us here at BraunAbility, Sam Schmidt. It’s been a big month for Schmidt and his team with Schmidt being announced to test-drive a hand and foot-free Corvette, but the team has even more to celebrate now. Over the weekend, the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis was won by Simon Pagenaud.
Pagenaud won the first Verizon IndyCar Series race on the IMS Grand Prix road course by .8906 of a second over Ryan Hunter-Reay. It was the third career Verizon IndyCar Series victory for Pagenaud and SPM. He started the race in fourth position. He is ranked 3rd in the championship series, 6 points behind the current leader.
Sam and his team have a special place in the lives of us at BraunAbility. Sam was a friend of our founder, and he stands for the qualities that Ralph exemplified in his daily life. Schmidt operates the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, a leading force in funding the research for a cure for paralysis. It goes to serve much more than research though.
The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation gives to and provides for programs like:
- Day at the Races Program
- Support our Troops Program
- Rehabilitation Therapy Efforts
- Service Animal Projects
- Adaptive Sports Programs
All of these efforts benefiting people living with paralysis.
As the season continues, we will be watching and cheering them on. If you want to keep up with the team and Sam Schmidt, check them out on Twitter: @SPMIndyCar