Paralyzed sprint car racer wins first feature thanks to help from Tony Stewart

Eric Saunders (Fox 28)

Eric Saunders (Fox 28)

Eric Saunders celebrated a feature win in a sprint car at Plymouth Speedway in northern Indiana this past Saturday night. That’s not so unusual; hundreds of winners celebrate at small dirt tracks on any given night during the racing season all across America. There’s one difference for Saunders however: He didn’t stand in victory lane to celebrate, because he can’t. Saunders is paralyzed from the waist down. The young Lakeville Indiana resident was once a up and coming motocross star; he had 500 career wins and very bright future.

That all ended on August 29,2010 just before Eric’s 18th birthday. A mistake in a simple motocross practice session behind his home, changed his life forever. Saunders landed wrong and his family knew something terrible had happened. He was quickly taken to a hospital in Indianapolis and soon he and his family were given the news: Saunders was paralyzed from the waist down.

For Saunders and his family the news must have been devastating. After all racing was the only Eric Saunders knew. That dream now seemed gone. MORE>>>

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