Paraplegic Driver Makes Racing History
JEFFERSON, S.D. – Saturday night at Park Jefferson Speedway Isaac Schreurs did something many thought impossible.
Schreurs, who lost the use of his legs at the age of 14, led all 25 laps of the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) Midwest Region event to score his first sprint car victory. In doing so, Schreurs became the first paraplegic to win a major sprint car race.
A front row of Schreurs and John Klabunde led the ASCS Midwest Region field to the green flag. Schreurs quickly took the lead at the start of the event. Facing multiple challenges from third starting Cody Ledger, he continued to lead until lap 17. Ledger put a slide job in front of Schreurs but the yellow flag flew, placing Schreurs back in the lead.
Schreurs once again led the field to the green flag until a violent flip from Jack Dover off of turn three, which saw him flip more than 50 feet until his car came to rest. Following the incdent Schreurs was able to hold the lead for the final laps, taking the checkered flag over Ledger and Billy Alley.
Unlike other victory lane photos, the driver didn’t quickly exit the car. Instead, a four-wheeler appeared with Schreurs’ father appeared from the pits. Rushing to the side of his son’s car, the elder Schreurs jumped off the back and reached into the cockpit and scooped his son up in his arms. The father and son pair then made their way around to the front of the car, where the celebration commenced.