Furniture Row Racing and Dover International Speedway hosted a Neurogroove Race Day event Sept. 28 at the Monster Mile.
Martin Truex Jr., the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points leader, gave rides in a two-seat Toyota Camry adaptive race car, donated by Furniture Row Racing, to about 10 military veterans and civilians with spinal cord injuries. Some were also able to drive the car, using special hand controls linked to the accelerator and brake.
“It was awesome, a heck of an experience,” said Jason Doyle, 29, of Mooresville, North Carolina, who received a ride from Truex on Thursday. “I never thought I’d get to do something like this. I didn’t know something like this was possible.”
Doyle is a patient of Scott Falci, the chief neurosurgeon at Craig Hospital in Denver, and founder of Falci Adaptive Biosystems, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those with neuromotor disabilities increase their ability to control and interact with their environment.
Combining with partners from the U.S. Air Force Academy, FalconWorks and Princeton University, Falci’s organization has worked to create race cars able to be operated, driven and enjoyed by those with spinal cord injuries. Falci’s group has held events at tracks throughout the country since 2013.
Truex greeted the event participants before they hit the track after they listened to a presentation on the genesis of NeuroGroove projects.
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