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CHAMPCAR/CART: SPEED Channel to air exclusive Zanardi interview

Charlotte, N.C. (June 25, 2002) Two-time CART FedEx Championship Series titlist Alex Zanardi has been a source of inspiration for people throughout the world as his climb back from a devastating crash, in which he lost both of his legs in last ...

Charlotte, N.C. (June 25, 2002) Two-time CART FedEx Championship Series titlist Alex Zanardi has been a source of inspiration for people throughout the world as his climb back from a devastating crash, in which he lost both of his legs in last year's American Memorial 500, has seen him go from a wheelchair to driving his own car in a matter of months.

Zanardi has not shied from the public eye during his lengthy rehabilitation and will continue to keep his legions of fans informed on his progress as SPEED Channel will air an exclusive interview with the popular driver, as the network sent veteran racing broadcaster Bob Varsha to Monaco for Zanardi's first interview with an American television reporter since the incident.

The interview, which was recorded at Zanardi's home in Monaco just last week, will be the focus of an extended segment of this Sunday's SpeedNews (7 p.m. ET) as the 1997 and '98 CART champion details how he dealt with the aftermath of the near-fatal crash and how he handled those first days after waking up in a German hospital.

"Alex talks very openly about his injury, his recovery and his future," said SPEED Channel Coordinating Producer Frank Wilson. "It is amazing to see how far Alex has come in just nine months. His recovery and bright outlook will be an inspiration to anyone watching this interview."

The interview will be expanded and turned into a SPEED Channel special centered on Zanardi, and will include footage of Zanardi's reunion with the members of the CART Simple Green Safety Team as well as the CART Medical Team that are credited with saving his life in the minutes immediately after the crash. The reunion is set to take place in Toronto and SPEED Channel is hoping to have the special ready for broadcast in late July.

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