- Dr. Falci’s journey into adaptive racing started when one of his paralyzed patients asked him about racing for those with paraplegia. Falci wanted to help his patient and other quadriplegic and paraplegic individuals. But while there are adaptive recreational programs for many sports and activities, there was nothing in motorsports.
- He pursued the idea that set him off on a multi-year journey. Falci bought a used Corvette and had a para-Vette race car built for his original patient. That patient got to drive it around a test track at 120MPH. That’s when the light bulb went off. Dr. Falci then pursued the idea of building a race car that a quadriplegic individual could drive using emerging adaptive technologies. He enlisted the help of two giant tech/electronics engineering firms, plus some fighter jet technology from the U.S. Air Force to build the quad-Vette. He also enlisted the help of Sam Schmidt, an Indy-car racer who was paralyzed from the neck down after a crash.
- Scott Falci and Sam Schmidt made history when Sam drove around the Indy 500 race track just before the Indy 500. The entire story was chronicled in the award-winning documentary, Reengineering Sam.