Former WXC class competitor Jesi Stracham's unexpected love story and her return to racing at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer Run gained national attention with her appearance the Today Show. Stracham was involved in a motorcycle accident back in January, which would leave her paralyzed from the waist down. Her parents authorized an experimental surgery, that at the time only one other person had received. That other person, named Jordan Fallis, and had been paralyzed last October when trying to backflip a dirt bike. Stracham and Fallis received a device called Neuro-Spinal Scaffold, which was inserted into a wound found on their spinal cord. For the first time since her accident, Stracham lined up at the Mountaineer Run GNCC to compete in the Polaris Single Seat race aboard a specially prepared Polaris ACE. Stracham finished the race in 5th place, and looks to improve on that this weekend at the Wiseco John Penton GNCC in Millfield, OH.
Jesi Stracham was a racer from a young age. Starting with go-carts built by her dad, and then in 2005 she raced in her first GNCC. From 2005 through 2007 Stracham raced throughout the youth ATV ranks, mostly in the 90cc Limited and 90cc Production Modified. She earned 4th place in her class in 2005, and then a 7th in 2006 followed by a 11th in 2007. In 2009, Stracham lined up at the GNCC in the ATV Women’s class, she would complete all but one race and finish 6th in the class. After some time off, Jesi returned to racing at Big Buck GNCC in 2012, finishing 8th place. Then Stracham came back to race the series in 2013. She raced 9 of the 13 rounds, finishing inside the top 10 in each race and even claiming a win at the Mountaineer Run that year!
While Stracham has a long road to recovery ahead of her, she seems to be making strides of improvement. She goes on in the interview to say that she can move her hips, and that she has muscle feeling in her legs, even getting Charlie horses in her calves sometimes. All of the GNCC Racing Nation is wishing her the best of luck with her recovery and upcoming races in her Polaris ACE!
Read more on her unexpected love and road to recovery plus check out an interview with her and Jordan Fallis thanks to the Today show: http://www.today.com/health/woman-finds-fairy-tale-love-returns-racing-after-paralysis-procedure-t24186