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May 13, 2007

United Spinal Association Revs Up for Drivers with Disabilities at the RediAuto Track Challenge 2007

 

Members of the United Spinal Association Motorsports team at the RediAuto Track Challenge 2007 autocross races held at Irwindale Speedway, Los Angeles on April 12, 2007. A sponsor as well as a participant in the races, United Spinal is a national disability rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders. The Irwindale event was part of United Spinal’s new “Motorsports” campaign, a nationwide initiative to encourage people with disabilities to learn about the variety of adaptive automotive controls and participate in competitive motorsports. The program also seeks to cultivate partnerships within the automotive industry to help raise awareness about spinal cord injuries and disorders.

United Spinal Motorsports Committee from left to right: Bill Hannigan, Director of United Spinal’s Sports & Recreation Department; Justin Bonsignore of Bonsignore Racing Team; Steve “Wheels” Bucaro, custom truck designer and United Spinal member; Clair Russell Hesselton, PhD, chairman of the board of directors at United Spinal; professional racecar driver Carol Hollfelder of Tiger Racing and United Spinal member; and Chair of the Motorsports Committee, Jody DeVere of AskPatty.com.

“I drove a racecar before I was injured and I just want to continue to drive,” said Hollfelder. “As a paraplegic, I can do that. All I need are hand controls. Motorsports are still kind of a secret to people, but the technology is available that makes racing open to people with disabilities.”

For more information, about United Spinal’s Motorsports program, please visit www.unitedspinal.org or call 800.404.2898, ext. 268. Inquiries can also be e-mailed to motorsports@unitedspinal.org.


United Spinal Association Chairman Clair Russell Hesselton after his third-place finish at the Disabled Drivers competition at the RediAuto Track Challenge 2007 at the Irwindale Speedway in Los Angeles.

United Spinal is committed to providing expertise, creating access to resources and strengthening hope, thereby enabling people with spinal cord injuries and disorders to fulfill their potential as active members of their communities. Guided by the belief that the benefits of athletic competition are no different for athletes with disabilities than for the able-bodied, the Association also sponsors a wide variety of wheelchair recreational and adaptive sports programs. Membership in United Spinal is free and open to all individuals with spinal cord disabilities. For more information, please visit www.unitedspinal.org or call our toll-free number, 800-404-2898.

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