Former F1 And CART Driver Alex Zanardi Wins Paralympic Gold

Alex Zanardi has claimed a gold medal in the hand-cycling time trial during at the Paralympic Games in Rio on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the horrific CART series crash where he lost both his legs.

The Italian repeated his success at London’s Paralympic games, completing the 20 km course in just 28 minutes and 36.81 seconds, ahead of Australia’s Stuart Tripp in second and Oscar Sanchez from the U.S. in third.

The race was held the day before the 15th anniversary of Zanardi’s crash at the American Memorial 500 CART race on September 15 2001. After his crash, both of Zanardi’s legs were amputated yet despite that, he returned to racing full-time in 2004 with BMW in what later became known as the World Touring Car Championship.

Zanardi began hand cycling in 2009 and throughout his career, has claimed eight world titles, as well as two gold medals at the London games.

Speaking with the BBC after his race in Rio, Zanardi said “I feel very lucky, I feel my life is a never-ending privilege. Where today you have the Olympic Stadium, on that piece of land they used to have an Indy Car circuit, which is where I won my very first pole position – for a romantic guy like me this is quite special.”

PHOTO GALLERY

Toyota Land Cruiser To Be Dropped In US After 2022?

If you want a hardcore Toyota, you might have to opt for one with a Lexus badge.

Fernando Alonso All But Confirms 2020 Dakar Rally Entry With Toyota

The two-time F1 world champion embarked on a five-month testing program with the Dakar-spec Toyota Hilux.

Limited Edition Rolls-Royce Ghost Zenith Ready To Dazzle Europe

The Ghost Zenith Collection recently made its North American debut at Pebble Beach and will be made in just 50 units.

Chevrolet Offers $2500 Discount To Mustang Owners Who Switch To Camaros

Sales of the Camaro are well below those of the Challenger and Mustang, which has prompted GM to come up with this incentive.

Ford Looking To Secure Mondeo Evos Moniker, Should We Expect A New Model?

Interestingly, the name was first used on a concept car previewing Ford’s new design language eight years ago .

Rolls-Royce To Skip Plug-In Hybrids, Will Launch EV When “Time Is Right”

Rolls-Royce won’t follow in the footsteps of Bentley which plans to offer both plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.

This Hellcat-Swapped Jeep Gladiator Is The Off-Roader We Secretly Want

This Jeep Gladiator’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8 Hellcat engine has been tuned to 750 hp.

Check Out The 2020 Lincoln Aviator From Every Angle In Huge Photo Gallery

Get a closer look at the Aviator Grand Touring hybrid too, with its 494 hp and 630 lb-ft.

Watch 170 Cars Do Burnouts At The Same Time In Colorado

The Australians previously held the record when 126 vehicles did burnouts at the same time.

Bespoke Rolls Royce Cullinan Will Attack Your Eyeballs With Its Fux Orange Paint

Rolls Royce’s latest bespoke creation comes with a pretty bright paintjob.