15 years after losing legs, former CART driver Alex Zanardi has won 3 golds

Fifteen years ago, Italian race-car driver Alex Zanardi lost his legs during a CART race crash. Now, he’s won three gold medals at the Paralympic Games, including a particularly special one in Rio. On September 15th, 2001, Zanardi was about to finish the end of the American Memorial 500 at the Euro Speedway Lausitz in Klettwitz, Germany. Right before finishing the race, Zanardi’s...
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September 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Racing Champion Who Lost Both Legs In Crash Wins Paralympic Gold

Alex Zanardi got out of his hand-cycle in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday knowing he had won his fourth medal at Paralympic Games. But 15 years ago, many wondered if he’d make it out of the hospital — alive. Zanardi was nearly killed in a crash at EuroSpeedway Lausitz on Sept. 15, 2001. The 49-year-old was a decorated racer, having won back-to-back CART championships from 1997 to...
September 14, 2016  |  Discuss

VICS: INDYCAR News and Notes – Oct. 8, 2015

1. IMS Start-Finish Line Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2. INDYCAR Community Joins Forces for House Build 3. Rare Race-Worn Firesuits Headline Newest Wilson Auction Items 4. Team USA Scholarship Winners Named 5. Zanardi Returns to Compete in Ironman World Championship 6. Bourdais, de Silvestro Racing at Bathurst 1000 1. IMS Start-Finish Line Goes Pink for Breast Cancer...
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Zanardi set for 24 Hours of Spa debut in specially equipped BMW

Over the last few months, a team of nine engineers at BMW Motorsport developed several technical solutions that will allow Alex Zanardi to compete in this weekend's Total 24 Hours of Spa, the Italian's first race that he will share the wheel of a car with co-drivers. The objective was clear: Develop a car that can be raced for 24 hours without having to make compromises for both...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Zanardi to compete in 24 Hours of Spa

Alex Zanardi will compete in the Total 24 Hours of Spa this year, a new challenge for the Italian, as he’ll share his cockpit with other drivers for the first time. After a break of four years, Zanardi returned to racing in 2014 as a BMW works driver and competed solo in the Blancpain Sprint Series with a BMW Z4 GT3 modified to his special needs. The Spa 24 Hours - and endurance...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Zanardi completes triathlon using only his arms

Alex Zanardi may have lost both of his legs in a CART crash in 2001, but he hasn’t let that stop him from doing what he loves. The 47-year-old Italian continues to race and win in various races around the world today, whether behind the wheel of a BMW sports car or at the 2012 London Paralympic Games where he won two gold medals. Saturday, however, Zanardi got to add another accomplishment...
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Moving 'Touch the Sky' clip features story of Alex Zanardi

A newly released 3-minute video feature with Italian race car driver Alex Zanardi has quickly gained popularity amongst motor racing fans through social media. Zanardi, 47, lost both of his legs in a horrifying CART incident in Germany in 2001. Zanardi rebounded and has taken up motor racing again as well as paracycling. He has won multiple World Touring Car Championship and paracycling...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

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