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It's easy to look at racing video games as just a time waster or a hobby. In reality, though, they're often powerful tools for aspiring racers to learn tracks, race craft and how to set up a car in an easily accessible, risk-free environment. We aren't just talking about proper computer-based sims, like iRacing. Console-based racers like Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo provide a test bed for racers of all sorts.

For Mario Bonfante, Jr., a former motorcycle racer that was involved in a brutal accident that left him in a wheelchair with only limited use of his arms, Forza is a bit more. It allows him to perfect the setup of his personal racecar, a heavily modified E46 BMW M3, complete with hand controls.

Check out Mario's inspiring story.

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      • 8 Months Ago

      Good story, if you truly seek to follow your passion then you'll create the necessary innovations to get there.

      Jim R
      • 8 Months Ago

      Much respect for this dude. Aren't too many people that would build their own hand controls for their car, let alone go racing with them.

      • 8 Months Ago
      Wow, very cool. Stories like these remind me how blessed I am to have all four working limbs.. If you happen to be reading this Mario, keep up the good work. Your story is inspiring and your attitude will only rub off on others :)
      • 8 Months Ago

      I was there that weekend.  Not to take anything away from his accomplishments, which are amazing, but he crashed pretty bad and his car got pretty dinged up.