Corvette Thrill Ride Helps Heart Disease Patient

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Joe Correira Had a Recent Hospital Stay for Heart Disease. Upon Being Released, He Got the Surprise of a Lifetime

A humble sort-track speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts hosted a dream come true for local resident Joe Correira. He’s been battling congestive heart failure, unfortunately. But upon release from the hospital a few days ago, Joe enjoyed his Corvette in a way he never have would have imagined.

In a plan concocted by his family, Joe’s Corvette was brought to the Seekonk Speedway, where the life-long car enthusiast roared around the track for a few laps. Joe, meanwhile, only thought that he was being transported home, to begin hospice care.

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“Wow, someone’s got one just like mine!” Correira told South Coast Today.

That was his first reaction upon seeing the red C6 Grand Sport at the track. Then it finally struck him: that was his own Corvette.

Normally closed this time of year, Seekonk Speedway took advantage of some unusually mild temperatures and allowed Joe out on the track for a few laps. Passengers took turns driving with Joe, top down and all, to celebrate his return home from the hospital.

For Joe, or “J Lucky” as some call him, it’s a day he’ll never forget.

Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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