CHAMPCAR/CART: Alex Zanardi special television show announced

INDIANAPOLIS (July 18, 2003) -- The inspirational story of Alex Zanardi's emotional return to the cockpit of a 750hp CART Champ Car thrilled racing fans across the globe when he turned laps around the two-mile EuroSpeedway Lausitz at an average ...

INDIANAPOLIS (July 18, 2003) -- The inspirational story of Alex Zanardi's emotional return to the cockpit of a 750hp CART Champ Car thrilled racing fans across the globe when he turned laps around the two-mile EuroSpeedway Lausitz at an average speed of 194 mph.

Now for fans that want to relive the moment as well as view much of the behind-the-scenes action of the landmark event, HBO's sports magazine show, Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel will air a segment on Zanardi and his remarkable story in the next edition of the award-winning show, which debuts on July 22. A two-time former CART Champ Car titlewinner, Zanardi turned 13 laps in a specially-prepared hand-control race car in his first time in a Champ Car since his horrific 2001 accident that resulted in the traumatic amputation of his lower legs.

Television's most honored sports magazine show visited EuroSpeedway in May to capture the moments leading up the exhibition laps and caught Zanardi in private moments before and after his run. Gumbel spoke not only with Zanardi, but also fellow Champ Car drivers Jimmy Vasser and Alex Tagliani along with CART Champ Car physicians Dr. Terry Trammell and Dr. Steve Olvey, who helped save Zanardi's life in the moments after the accident. Gumbel and the Real Sports production team also traveled back to Zanardi's home in Monte Carlo last month to further document the amazing tale of the popular Italian driver.

The show will first air Tuesday night July 22 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time on HBO and will re-air nearly 60 times in the next month across all of HBO's family of cable networks.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Alex Tagliani , Alex Zanardi
Tags TV