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.
“Driving in the World Touring Car Championship to win races again against professional drivers is certainly something that I treasure in my heart as one of the best memories, but one day I discovered this activity,” Zanardi told BBC Sport.
“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.”