Zanardi targets success in London 2012
12 September 2011 – Alex Zanardi is aiming to collect a medal at next year’s London Paralympic Games. The Italian, who last raced in Formula 1 for Williams in 1999 and is now 44, lost both legs in a Champ Car accident at German’s Lausitzring ten years ago.
“I went to New York to do the New York Marathon and since then I’ve been addicted to the activity. When in 2009 I didn’t find a fantastic programme in motor racing, I decided to stop – at least for the moment – and to dedicate more time to this activity and see if I could basically realise a dream.
“My horizon is London 2012 and it would be fantastic one day to talk to my grandchildren and tell them, ‘One day granddad went to London and went home with a medal.’ That would be something else on top of telling them the two (Champ Car) championships I won, the pass at the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca in ‘96 and all the other beautiful things I’ve been able to do in my life, not just in my career.”