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Weather is only thing to stop Sam Schmidt’s bid at racing Pikes Peak

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Sam Schmidt continues to amaze.

Through modern technology, the Verizon IndyCar Series driver turned team owner, who was left a quadriplegic in an accident in January 2000 while practicing at Walt Disney World Speedway, is once again a race car driver of sorts.

Schmidt, along with co-driver Robby Unser, competed in Sunday’s 94th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb near Colorado Sprints, Colorado.

Inclement weather cut short their run: Schmidt and Unser got about halfway up the 12.42-mile, 156-turn course before a combination of rain, snow and hail forced them to abandon their quest.

Yet, just to see Schmidt back behind the wheel and having his competitive juices flowing again was nothing short of inspirational and amazing.

It was actually the second time Schmidt has attacked the mountain, which has very few guardrails. He drove alone in a practice run two weeks ago and made it to the top of the 14,110-foot summit by himself, behind the wheel of a specially-equipped Arrow Electronics-sponsored Chevrolet Corvette.

A resident of Henderson, Nevada, Schmidt controls the car using just vision sensors and blowing through a tube, according to Ron Kantowski of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“They turned us around and had the other (finishing) cars follow us down,” Schmidt said, according to Kantowski. “It was really well-received. It was all good.”

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Red Bull driver Verstappen wins Formula One’s Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.

Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.

Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”

Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.

Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.