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Full Name: Alessandro Zanardi
Born: 23 October 1966
Nationality:  Italian

A race car driver.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Alex Zanardi page on 18 July 2020, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Alessandro Zanardi is an Italian professional racing driver and paracyclist.

He won the CART championship in 1997 and 1998, and took 15 wins in the series. He also raced in Formula One from 1991 to 1994 and again in 1999; his best result was a sixth-place finish in the 1993 Brazilian GP. He returned to CART in 2001, but a major crash in the 2001 American Memorial resulted in the amputation of his legs. He returned to racing less than two years after the accident; competing in the European Touring Car Championship in 2003–2004 and then in the World Touring Car Championship between 2005 and 2009, scoring four wins.

In addition to continuing to race cars, Zanardi took up competition in handcycling, a form of paralympic cycling, with the stated goal of representing Italy at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. In September 2011, Zanardi won his first senior international handcycling medal, the silver medal in the H4 category time trial at the UCI World Road Para-Cycling Championships. In September 2012 he won gold medals at the London Paralympics in the individual H4 time trial and the individual H4 road race, followed by a silver medal in the mixed H1-4 team relay, and in September 2016 he won a gold and a silver medal at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

On 19 June 2020, Zanardi was involved in a serious road accident while competing in the Obiettivo tricolore handcycling race, near Siena. After being transferred to hospital, Zanardi underwent three hours of neurosurgery and maxillofacial surgery before being placed in a medically-induced coma.

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15 April 1997CART Media ConferenceChip Ganassi
Alex Zanardi
29 July 1997CART Media ConferenceAlex Zanardi
23 September 1997CART Media ConferenceAlex Zanardi
3 March 1998CART Media ConferenceAlex Zanardi
15 September 1998CART Media ConferenceAlex Zanardi
6 December 2000CART Media ConferenceTony Kanaan
Morris Nunn
Alex Zanardi
28 May 2002CART Media ConferenceAlex Zanardi
5 July 2002CART FedEx Championship Series: Molson Indy TorontoAlex Zanardi
23 April 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceAlex Zanardi
11 May 2003Champ Car World Series: German 500Alex Zanardi
10 June 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceMario Andretti
Mark Blundell
Alex Zanardi
2 December 2004Champ Car Media ConferenceAlex Zanardi
27 October 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceAlex Zanardi

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