From Heartbreak to the Winners Circle: One Local Driver’s Inspiring Journey
When Brandon native Isaac Schreurs took the checkered flag in an American Sprint Car Series Midwest Region event at Park Jefferson Speedway recently, he appeared, to the casual observer, to be just another young, talented driver who was having a very good night at the track.
Until it came time for Isaac to get out of his car.
For only then did you realize that this 23-year old is dealing with a little bit more than the other racers on the track.
Since 2009, Isaac Schreurs has not been able to walk.
But he hasn’t let that get in the way of a love affair with racing that has spanned half of his life:
Issac’s racing career started on two wheels, motocross to be exact, and that’s where his life changed in the blink of an eye, one day at Saddleback Race Track in 2005:
Two years after his accident, with the blessing of his family and doctors, Isaac decided it was time to try to race again, but he knew this time there would be a lot of improvising along the way:
One thing Isaac did know very well from his motocross days was doing a number of things with his hands while racing: accelerating, braking, and steering. Now it was just a question of finding the right sprint car with the right setup:
Once his team got the car right, Isaac could work on his racing skills from inside a roll cage instead of behind a set of handlebars. To do that, he decided to take his training on the road:
His racing career had seen checkered flags before, but none bigger than the one at Park Jefferson, making him the first paraplegic to ever win a major sprint car race:
And while the driver gets the glory in racing, Isaac will be the first to tell you that he hasn’t accomplished what he has on this amazing journey without the help of a number of very special people along the way:
The support is crucial, but one of the big reasons Isaac is where he is today is his perseverance:
Racing is exactly what he’s been doing, and as he continues to make his name in the sprint car world, people are taking notice, making Isaac a role model for others facing similar challenges in their lives: