RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A group of Paralympians was out warming up the Richmond Raceway track Wednesday morning.
U.S. Paralympians from the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, including Will Waller, Trevon Jenifer, and team Toyota’s Steve Serio, took a few laps as on the Richmond Raceway track.
The athletes had the chance to ride shotgun around the track with NASCAR driver Christopher Bell.
“It was real cool to see how excited they were,” said Bell. “You know hopefully it was the ride of a lifetime for them.”
Then they were about to buckle up into the driver’s seat, as they drove the adaptive Bass Pro Shops-Toyota Camry.
It was possible because of Falci Adaptive Motorsports and it’s founder Dr. Scott Falci.
Falci is a neurosurgeon who helped engineer an adaptive Toyota Camry that can be driven by people with spinal cord injuries or by amputees.
“We can drive an adaptive racecar,” said Paralympian Steve Serio. “It’s a commitment to Toyota’s commitment to mobility and creating freedom of movement for every single person on this planet.”
The adaptive racecar can be driven without using hands or feet. Drivers can use head and mouth movements for steering, acceleration, and breaking.