Few drivers reach the pinnacle in their sport, and even fewer achieve success in two entirely different disciplines. But former racing driver Alex Zanardi, who lost his legs in a horrific crash ten years ago, triumphed in the New York handbike marathon at the weekend, and is now setting his sights on the 2012 Paralympic Games.
This wasn’t Zanardi’s first handbike victory, but it’s a big step towards the Paralympics. He lost his legs in a huge crash while racing in the CART series at the Lausitzring in Germany, losing a massive amount of blood but ultimately being saved. He has since competed in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), even scoring some race victories using artificial legs.
Prior to his accident, Zanardi was a star of the US open wheel racing scene, twice winning the CART title in the late 90s and becoming a fan favourite. He then went to have a second crack at Formula One with the Williams team, but endured a pretty awful time in the 1999 season and ultimately returned to America.