Zanardi to test DTM car for BMW
1 November 2012 – BMW has confirmed that Alex Zanardi will be testing on of its DTM cars at Hockenheim next Thursday. The Paralympic gold medallist, who last raced in Formula 1 for Williams in 1999, went on to win races in the World Touring Car Championship.
“When I saw the BMW M3 DTM up close for the first time at Hockenheim, I found myself feeling like a racing driver again after all those months as a handcyclist,” the Italian admitted. “It is a great honour for any driver to get behind the wheel of such a fantastic car. I will enjoy every lap," said Zanardi.
The 46-year-old will again have the use of hand controls.
“We will obviously have to make a few modifications to the car,” explains Jens Marquardt, Director of BMW Motorsport. “A DTM car is considerably more complex than the BMW 320si WTCC, with which Alex won on four occasions for us. However, our engineers happily accepted this challenge.”
Zanardi was paralysed when he lost both legs in a shocking CART accident at Germany’s Euro Speedway in September 2001.