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Paralyzed Driver Earning Stripes At Huset's

June 1, 2010, 10:52 PM by Jay Elsen

BRANDON, SD - Through the years, countless sprint car drivers have earned their stripes at Huset's Speedway. But none of them have been quite like 19-year-old Isaac Schreurs, who comes with his very own set of wheels.

Isaac Schreurs wild ride started on a dirt bike in 2005.

"Went off, we call it a canyon jump, landed on his feet and blew his back out. He's paralyzed from the chest down now. Just kind of a fluke deal, bad deal," says Isaac's father, Jeff Schreurs. "But things happen for a reason, and you just never know where it can take you. And he's not going to let that stop him from going anywhere."

Isaac proved that a year later when he climbed back in the saddle for the first time. 

"Racing is definitely in my blood, just like any other racer. I just wanted to keep going. Nothing really to stop right now, no reason to stop," Isaac said.

Like most racers, Isaac's affection for speed continued to grow. And dirt bikes no longer satisfy his urges.

"It doesn't get any more crazy than sprint cars. It's the craziest thing you could probably do on dirt. With the horse power, the weight, the speed, 20 other cars. It's pretty intense," Isaac said.

So, with help of his family and friends from the racing community, Isaac, now 19, has developed a car that fits his special circumstances.

"Just needed an electric throttle and basically an e-brake for the brake. And it's worked out well, just change a couple of little things. Other than that, it was pretty easy to accomodate with this sealed engine," Isaac said.

Isaac is in his first season competing in the USRA Sprint Car class at Huset's Speedway. And while the results have been mixed, the seat time is priceless.

"It's pretty tough right now. I'm not getting it down as smooth as it should be. I'm not as smooth as a person that uses their foot. It should work eventually, but we've got a lot of work to do yet," Isaac said.

"It's a huge learning experience for him. He comes off the track, if he spins out or has a good ride, he comes back with a huge grin on his face. And that's all that matters to me and Isaac this year is to just have fun," Jeff adds.

"I have a lot of adults come up to me and say it's just awesome to have Isaac in this car and prove he can do anything anybody else can, even in his condition."

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