Zanardi tests DTM car at the Nürburgring
9 November 2012 – Alessandro Zanardi tested a DTM car at the Nürburgring on Thursday, getting behind the wheel of a specially modified BMW M3. The Italian, who lost both legs in a serious crash ten years ago, completed 32 laps of the Grand Prix circuit.
"I am overjoyed to have been given the opportunity to drive the BMW M3 DTM today," said Zanardi, who claimed three medals (two gold, one silver) in the recent Paralympic Games. "This is a very special day for me, and one I will always remember fondly. I would like to thank everyone at BMW who has helped make this special moment possible for me.
"It was a challenge to modify the car to meet my requirements and I am surprised just how quickly the BMW Motorsport engineers managed to complete the necessary modifications. However, the guys have done a great job."
Zanardi went on to admit that a full DTM campaign is unlikely in 2013, but was full of gratitude to BMW for organising the test day and designing a special golden livery.
"I had great fun out on the track," he explained. "When I first saw the golden car I was overwhelmed. I still have a passion for racing. However, I’m not sure whether our demonstration drive will be anything more than just that, as the level in the DTM may possibly prove to be too high for someone of my age.
"My main focus is on something completely different after today’s drive: I felt that the BMW family is still behind me and loves me. They showed that once again today."