An experience of a lifetime, combining the latest medical and engineering breakthroughs, was the reward for several race fans suffering from severe spinal cord injuries on Thursday as Furniture Row Racing and Dover International Speedway hosted a Neurogroove Race Day event 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 stricken with spinal cord injuries. Some paraplegics 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, N.C., 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 Dr. Scott Falci, the chief …