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Race Car Driver Almost Loses Legs, But Not His Faith

A passion for racecar driving made Davey Hamilton a top competitor in the Indy Racing League Indy Car Series, but an accident in 2001 sent him back to his spiritual roots. Read Transcript


RACING WAS MY GOD. RACING

WAS WHAT I STRIVED FOR, LIVED

FOR. IF IT WASN'T ON MY MIND

WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP? WHO I

DO

WANT MY UNIFORM TO LOOK LIKE?

WHAT ABOUT MY SPONSOR?

HIS FATHER WAS A DRIVER AND

THE RACING BUG BIT HIM TOO.

WHEN I WAS 2 I FOLLOWED HIM

FROM THAT POINT AND I WANTED TO

PURSUE.

LIKE MANY DRIVERS DAVEY SET

HIS SIGHTS ON THE INDIE 500.

IT WAS A GOAL KNOWING TO

MAKE THAT RACE.

HE WAS LEAD INTO FAITH.

A SOMEONE IN MY DAD'S

COMPANY WAS A BELIEVER AND HE

TALKED ALL DAY AND I LISTENED

AND OPENED MY EYES. I WENT TO

CHURCH AND GOT BAPTIZED.

RACING TOOK A PRIORITY OVER

HIS LIFE AND HARD TO COMMIT TO

BOTH. HE WATCHED A COUPLE

FRIENDS DIE ON THE TRACK AND

INCLUDING HIS BEST FRIEND BILLY

AND KILLED IN 1990.

THAT

THE GUY WAS PASSING, BLEW

AN

EMERGENCY AND GOT OIL ON THE

TIRES AND LOST CONTROL AND I

WAS

ON THE SIDE OF THEM.

CONTACT WAS MADE.

CAUGHT THE BACK OF MY CAR

AND FLUNG THE CAR UPSIDE DOWN.

ALMOST UPSIDE DOWN.

IT PULLS THE SHOOT OFF OF

THE TOP OF THE CAR AND LEFT MY

LEGS EXPOSED TO THE ELEMENTS OF

THE TRACK.

DAVEY'S LEGS WERE DRAGGED

FOR SEVERAL HUNDRED YARDS.

THEY

TREATED HIM AND PUT HIM ON THE

LIFE FLIGHT HELICOPTER.

I HEARD A PHONE CALL BY THE

NURSES AND IT'S GOING TO BE

LIFE

FLIGHT COMING HERE AND APPEARS

TO BE A DOUBLE AMPUTEE.

SEEMS HE WOULD LOSE BOTH OF

HIS LEGS.

I WOKE UP AND THE FIRST

THING

I WOKE UP TO WAS MY DAD AND THE

FIRST THING I ASKED "MY LEGS

ARE GONE; RIGHT? ." NO.

THEY'RE TRYING TO SAVE THEM.

WE'RE ALL PRAYING.

HIS DOCTORS SAVED HIS LEGS.

I KNEW I NEEDED GOD MORE

THAN

BEFORE, RELYING ON HIM MORE

THAN

BEFORE. THE FIRST MONTHS WERE

INTENSE, A LOT OF INTENSIVE

CARE, A LOT OF TRANSPLANT

UNITS.

THEY TOOK MUSCLES AND BONES OUT

OF MY HIPS AND KNEWS AND 21

SURGERIES IN TWO YEARS TIMES

AND

REHAB TIME. THE DOCTORS WERE

AMAZING WHAT THEY WERE ABLE TO

DO WITH MY LEGS.

DURING THE LENGTHY RECOVERY

HE HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO THINK

ABOUT HIS LIFE, FAITH AND

FUTURE

IN RACING. DAVEY SAYS HE ALSO

ASKED GOD A LOT OF QUESTIONS.

LAYING IN THAT HOSPITAL AND

PRAYING AND I ASK EVERYDAY WHY

ME? I MEAN I FELT I WAS LIVING

A CLEAN LIFE. MY LIFE WAS IN

HIS HANDS, TOTALLY WAS A

BELIEVER AND I JUST COULDN'T

UNDERSTAND IT. WHAT I FOUND

OUT

THOUGH EVERYTHING GETS

ANSWERED.

IT MIGHT NOT GET ANSWERED THEN.

DAVEY DIDN'T WANT TO GIVE

UP

RACING BUT HE KNEW HE COULDN'T

DO IT.

I SAID I'M NOT FINISHED

WITH

THIS GAME. I'M NOT OUT OF THIS

GAME. THAT WAS PART OF MY

DRIVE, DETERMINATION TO GET

HEALTHY AGAIN WAS GET BACK IN

THE RACE CAR. I DIDN'T WANT TO

END MY CAREER THAT WAR.

AFTER THE RECOVERY HE

PARTNERED WITH KINGDOM RACING

ORGANIZATION.

HE TOLD ME WHAT HIS

PASSIONS

AND VISION WAS FOR KINGDOM

RACING AND I TOLD HIM MY GOALS

AND WHERE I CAME FROM AND IT

JUST MATCHED.

DAVEY GOT BACK IN A CAR AND

RACES TODAY BUT NOW HE SEES

RACING AS HIS MINISTRY.

IF I WAS RACING ON SUNDAY I

WAS TRAVELING ON SUNDAY SO IT

TOOK YOU AWAY FROM THE CHURCH

ATMOSPHERE TO HEARING THE WORD

AND WHAT HAS CHANGED TO TODAY

AND THAT IS ONE THING THAT

KINGDOM RACING REALLY BROUGHT

IN

IS CHURCH IS AT THE TRACK NOW.

DAVEY SAID GOD ANSWERED

MANY

QUESTIONS HE HAD ABOUT HIS

CRASH.

WHETHER IT'S A SPEAKING

ENGAGEMENT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE

TO DO WHAT THEY LOVE OR THEIR

PASSION IF IT'S GOING TO CHURCH

TO SPEAK TO PEOPLE ABOUT MY

STORY AND THE RECOVERY I CAME

THROUGH. NO MATTER WHAT IT IS

I

WOULDN'T HAVE THIS STORY AND

HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES TO REACH

OUT AND MAYBE IN LIFE THAT ONE

PERSON OR MAYBE SOMEBODY A

BELIEVER. I DON'T KNOW IF I

HAD

THE STRENGTH OR THE

OPPORTUNITIES OR THE KNOW HOW

TO

DO THAT IF I DIDN'T KNOW

THROUGH

WHAT I WENT THROUGH.

DAVEY SAYS HIS PASSION IS

SHARE THE LOVE OF CHRIST

THROUGH

MOTOR SPORTS.

WHEREVER WE GO RACE WE BRING

UNDER PRIVILEGED CHILDREN

BEHIND

THE SCENES AND JUST GIVE A

LITTLE LOVE AND DIRECTION AND

TALK TO THE KIDS AND THE

PARENTS

AND SHOW WHAT PRAY DOES AND WE

HAD TOUGH TIMES THAT WE

OVERCAME

THROUGH JESUS CHRIST AND WE

WANT

TO PASS THAT ON.

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