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30 THE SHOP JULY 2016 Former IndyCar driver and current team owner Sam Schmidt reached a top speed of 152 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 23 in a newly designed semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM) developed by Arrow Electronics Inc. Schmidt, who is paralyzed and unable to use his arms and legs since a racing accident in 2000, completed the record drive in between qualifying laps for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. The modified 2016 Corvette Z06 features over 200 more horsepower than the previous model and is the second open-source semi-autonomous car that Arrow has built. Arrow engineers also improved the electronics that allow Schmidt to steer, accelerate and brake using only his head. Sensors mounted on a high-tech headset that Schmidt wears more accurately connect to infrared cameras mounted on the dashboard and detect his head-tilt motions to steer. "It was a thrill to be back in control and hit- ting racing speeds on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway again," said Schmidt, who blasted past his previous SAM car top speed of 107 mph, set in 2014 at the same track. "The SAM project is a great example of what's possible when the right people come together to innovate and push boundaries." Read more about Schmidt's accomplishment: shopmag.biz/MoreSpd THESHOPMAG.COM Disaster Planning, a Paralyzed Racer Record & Goodbye to 'The Leadslinger' \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Anthony Bowe is THE SHOP's Digital Content Editor, overseeing content on the website (www. theshopmag.com) and in the daily eNewsletter. Send news tips or other inquiries to abowe@nbm.com. THE SHOP eNewsletter has posted its share of breaking industry news recently, including the death of a car custom- izing legend, a paralyzed racer back on the track hitting high speeds and a how-to article on the business disasters few shop owners consider before it's too late. Meanwhile, exclusive articles published in the past month include an interview with Bestop's new CEO. See excerpts of these articles below. You can get the THE SHOP's eNewsletter delivered directly to your inbox every morning. Sign up by visiting our website, www.theshopmag.com, and scrolling until you find the "Get the eNews- letter" box on the right- hand sideā€”plug in your email address, click "Sign Up," and the eNewsletter will be promptly delivered the next business day. Highlights from THE SHOP's daily online news coverage. By Anthony Bowe PARALYZED RACER HITS 152 MPH AT INDY Paralyzed racer Sam Schmidt reached a top speed of 152 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 23 in a newly designed semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM) developed by Arrow Electronics Inc.

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