Tiffiny Carlson

Paralyzed Drag Racer
When he was 8 years old, Marcus Culvert, a T5-6 paraplegic from New Jersey, drove a car his very first time while sitting on his dad’s lap. He drove from the toll station back to their home in New York City, and this was just the beginning of his need for speed.

The next year Culvert was introduced to drag racing by his uncle, and his love of motorsports was born. “In the sixth grade I was taken to Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., and I saw the man himself — ‘Jungle Jim’ Liberman — tearing up the track. I knew my history was written in stone,” he says.