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On Wednesday, October 7th, Facial Adaptive Motorsports hosts NeuroGroove RaceDay at Pikes Peak International Raceway. The event includes an appearance by NASCAR driver Martin Truex, Jr.

It's a special showcase of new Adaptive Motorsports Technology allowing spinal cord injured and disabled individuals to participate in motorsports. An adaptive NASCAR donated by Furniture Row Racing will be driven by Martin Truex Jr. and paraplegic participants around the track at PPIR.

They will also hold demonstrations of smart glasses technology used to drive both a wheel chair and a race car simulator. 
 
Attendees will hear from Falci Adaptive Motorsports partners including Furniture Row Racing, Air Force Research Laboratory, FalconWorks, RaceKraft & Design, and the US Air Force Academy.

In addition to Martin Truex Jr. giving rides to pre-selected paraplegic and quadriplegic patients in the No. 78 adaptive race car, caregivers and employees from Craig Hospital and Swedish Hospital, Air Force cadets, and other partner guests, will ride-along in Richard Petty Driving Experience NASCARs. 
 
Able-bodied attendees not pre-selected for rides may purchase $99 ride-alongs from the Richard Petty Driving Experience and 25% of the proceeds will be donated to Falci Adaptive Motorsports to help continue the development of technologies featured at the event.

NeuroGroove RaceDay is today from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at PPIR. The event is free, and free continental breakfast will be provided by Garden of the Gods Gourmet Catering, and boxed lunches complimentary of Hotel Elegante Catering.

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