Posted on October 30, 2012

Fresh from his Paralympic gold medal success in London, former F1 driver Alex Zanardi, who lost his legs in an IndyCar accident in 2001, showed once again how indomitable his sporting spirit is by helping a fellow competitor to complete the Venice Marathon at the weekend. His friend Eric Fontanari, who is also a wheelchair competitor, had wanted to take part in the Venice event, but wasn’t sure to be able to complete the full 26 mile course. So, as you can see from this video, Zanardi set aside a chance of a medal and focussed his efforts on helping More…

Posted on September 5, 2012

The 2012 London Olympics have provided no end of inspirational stories over the past month and for the motorsport community the most poignant came on Wednesday afternoon at Brands Hatch as former F1 driver and double Champ Car champion Alex Zanardi claimed Paralympics gold in the handcycling time trial around the circuit he first competed on as a racing driver more than 20 years ago. The 45-year-old came close to losing his life when he was involved in a horrific crash during his second stint in the American-based Champ Car series at Germany’s Lausitzring in 2001, an accident which saw More…

Posted on November 7, 2011

As motorsport continues to come to terms with the death of Dan Wheldon in an Indycar accident a few weeks ago, this weekend there was a heart warming story of a driver who himself was once caught up in an accident on an oval, lost his legs as a result, but has found a new outlet for his competitive drive. Former Lotus, Jordan and Williams driver Alessandro Zanardi won Sunday’s New York City Marathon’s handcycle division yesterday with a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 58 seconds. Zanardi lost his legs in an accident in 2001 and since then More…

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