The motor racing history wouldn`t be the same without Alessandro Zanardi, the Italian driver that worked his way up to the motor racing ladder, after being in the Formula One and winning two CART championships for Chip Ganassi Racing.
But the tragedy struck in 2001 when Zanardi lost both his legs in a crash at the Lausitzring in Germany. Even in prosthetic limbs, the strong Italian learned to drive a racing car with hands controls and returned to his place, into the driver`s seat.
After driving for BMW in the European Touring Car Championship and again in the World Touring Car Championship, he left the racing cars world in 2009 to train for the Paralympics.
But his love for BMW didn’t die and now the German luxury car manufacturer announced that Zanardi will be driving a Z4 GT3 in the Blancpain Sprint Series, the successor to the FIA GT Series.
The car was modified, fitting the hand controls to the M3 DTM, which will be fielded by ROAL Motorsport team.
Zanardi was well-appreciated by former DTM champion Roberto Ravaglia, who mentioned that the “sprints in the Blancpain GT Sprint Series are tailor-made for Alex”.