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Alex Zanardi

Alex Zanardi, 1996, Mid-Ohio. Copyright Brian Brown, 2010. Used with permission.

Alex Zanardi, 1996, Mid-Ohio. Copyright Brian Brown, 2010. Used with permission.

Alex Zanardi. Copyright Michael Portaro (www.mp2photography.com), 2016. Used with Permission.

Alex Zanardi. Copyright Michael Portaro (www.mp2photography.com), 2016. Used with Permission.

Born:

23 Oct 1966
Bologna

Nationality:

Italy

Grands Prix:

41 (1991-1999)

F3000 starts:

11 (1989-1991)

A US racing legend, he had both his legs amputated in a horrific crash at the Lausitztring CART event. His recovery from almost certain death has been astonishing. He returned to racing remarkably quickly, using special hand controls, now he's got two artificial legs. He announced a return to full time driving in the ETCC for 2004, and then raced in the WTCC for 5 seasons, whilst he also won the Italian title in 2005! Released his biography in 2004, and even made a return to F1, in 2006, with a test for BMW. He has also raced in the New York and Rome Marathons, using a specially adapted wheelchair and continues to compete - and win (he won the Rome Marathon in 2016) - in these events. He continued along these lines and in the 2012 Paralympic Games, he won two gold medals to not only continue his remarkable success, but to inspire many more people. After debating about a racing return, he announced he is going to continue to do this and compete at the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016, however in 2014, he decided that he would also race in the Blancpain Series and did this again in 2015. He again won two Paralympic golds in paracycling in 2016, but is now focusing back on racing. In 2019, he will appear at the Daytona 24 Hours for BMW and is spending 2018 preparing for it, which will include the odd sportscar race and an one-off in the DTM.

Biography last updated 29 May 2018