Alex Zanardi to drive for BMW in 24 Hours of Daytona

Racing | December 20th, 2017 by 1
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Just a few days ago, BMW Motosport announced that former Formula 1 driver and para-cyling champion Alex Zanardi will be racing a BMW M8 GTE …

Just a few days ago, BMW Motosport announced that former Formula 1 driver and para-cyling champion Alex Zanardi will be racing a BMW M8 GTE at the 2019 24 Hours of Daytona. Zanardi competed in CART from 1996 through 1998, returning in 2001 before his career was put on hold after a tragic accident at EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany cost him both his legs.

For BMW Brand Ambassador Alessandro Zanardi, the 2018 season will primarily be about preparing for one special race: in 2019, the BMW works driver will make a spectacular return to North American motorsport at the 24 Hours of Daytona, where he will drive the BMW M8 GTE. Details will be announced at a later date. Over the course of the season, Zanardi and the BMW Motorsport engineers will work on a new brake system, which will allow him to race without his artificial limbs.

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This isn’t Zanardi’s first rodeo with BMW. His accident didn’t keep him out of the driver’s seat for long. He spent five seasons racing a BMW 3 Series in the FIA World Touring Car championship, racking up four wins in total. In 2014, Zanardi raced a BMW Z4 GT3 in the Blancpain Sprint Series.

He’s also had great success outside of motorsports, taking four gold medals in para-cycling in total at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games.

 

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