F1 AND Paralympics...... WAY COOL!

Posted by Ralph | 11:38 AM

In news that just makes me crazy happy today the Associated Press has reported that former F1 and Champ Car driver Alex Zanardi who lost both legs in a racing accident in 2001 plans on competing in the 2012 Paralynpics.

Since the loss of his legs, Zanardi has returned to limited racing in the German and European Touring Car Championship.

Alex made his hand cycling debut in the 2007 New York City Marathon where he finished in fourth place at the age of 42, Since then he has finished 14th in last week's individual time trial at the Para-Cycling Road World Championship in Bogogno, Italy, where he finished 4 minutes, 45 seconds just behind Oz Sanchez of the United States, who won gold at the Beijing Paralympics

My honest objective is to be at the level of the best Italian bikers, waiting for a dream that could come true in London in 2012," Zanardi said.

If his car racing pedigree carries over to hand cycling I'm sure he will do great. Here's some stats. He has won two Champ Car (CART) Championships,In 2003 Post-Amp Zanardi won his first world series race since his accident at Lausitzring, and further wins at Istanbul in 2006 and Brno in 2008 and 2009.

Best of luck Alex

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