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Alex Zanardi

1966-10-23 (age 54)

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Zanardi's wife offers update on ex-F1 driver's recovery
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Zanardi's wife offers update on ex-F1 driver's recovery

Alex Zanardi’s wife has offered an update on the condition of the former IndyCar, Formula 1 driver and Paralympic hero, who suffered serious injuries in a handbike crash last year.

Zanardi: The man whose name is a synonym for “hero”

As a Paralympian, Alex Zanardi became a household name and an inspiration to millions. But his indomitable spirit and speed in a racecar had already made him a hero, writes David Malsher-Lopez.

Alex Zanardi showing signs of “clinical improvements”

Alex Zanardi is showing “clinical improvements” as he continues to recover from the handbike accident he suffered in June.

Zanardi's condition "stable" after further surgery

Alex Zanardi has undergone another neurological operation in a Milan hospital, with his condition now said to be "stable".

Zanardi transferred to intensive care, in 'unstable' condition

Alex Zanardi has been transferred to intensive care in Milan amid concerns about his ‘unstable’ condition, following the recent move to a clinic.

Zanardi transferred to rehabilitation facility

Former CART champion Alex Zanardi has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility as he continues his recovery from the handbike accident he suffered last month.

Zanardi to be brought out of medically-induced coma

Alex Zanardi will gradually be brought out of his medically-induced coma in the coming days as the next step in his treatment following a handbike road accident last month.

Zanardi undergoes five-hour reconstruction surgery

Alex Zanardi has undergone surgery for a third time since sustaining head and facial injuries in a handbike race accident last month, but remains in a medically-induced coma.

Zanardi undergoes second neurological operation

Alex Zanardi has undergone a second round of neurological surgery 10 days after being admitted to hospital with severe head injuries sustained in a handbike road accident.

Zanardi’s prognosis is not yet clear, says his surgeon

The surgeon who operated on Alex Zanardi on Friday evening has stressed how serious the situation is – and declared that it’s not yet clear what the prognosis is for the 53-year-old Italian.

Zanardi's condition “serious” but “stable” after Friday surgery

Alex Zanardi remains in a serious condition following his handbike accident and subsequent surgery on Friday evening.

Hospital confirms Zanardi undergoing surgery for head injury

Alex Zanardi has suffered a head injury and is undergoing neurosurgery following a road accident on his handbike in Italy on Friday afternoon.

Zanardi used Fuji outing for Paralympics preparation

Alex Zanardi says competing for BMW in the SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race at Fuji Speedway was "very valuable" for his preparations for the 2020 Paralympic Games.

Zanardi joins BMW for DTM/Super GT joint race

Alex Zanardi has been announced as the first of BMW's three drivers for the joint-race between the DTM and SUPER GT.

Herta on dad’s defeat by Zanardi: “I thought it was a cool pass!”

Colton Herta says Alex Zanardi’s infamous pass on his father Bryan Herta at Laguna Seca’s Corkscrew in 1996 was “amazing,” but acknowledged that it probably wouldn’t be allowed in IndyCar today due to far more stringent rules about track limits.

Ganassi on IndyCar, guaranteed Indy slots, sportscars, and more

Chip Ganassi spoke to a group of eight media personnel at Long Beach last weekend, on the topics of resident champion Scott Dixon (he’s not slowing down), rookie Felix Rosenqvist (he should slow down), international races, guaranteed Indy 500 berths, running more cars (including Indy Lights), sportscars, and more. David Malsher reports.

BMW opens the door for Zanardi return

BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt says Alex Zanardi's performance at the recent Rolex 24 at Daytona has opened the door for more outings in the M8 GTE.

Zanardi’s Rolex 24 experience “more sweet than bitter”

Alex Zanardi says his maiden experience of the Rolex 24 at Daytona was “by far more sweet than bitter” despite the issues that left his BMW bottom of the GT Le Mans class.

Gallery: The best images from an epic Rolex 24 at Daytona

The 2019 Daytona 24 Hours turned into a wet and wild event, with dramatic storylines unfolding across all the classes. Here are 100 of the best photos of a classic event…

BMW “in the hunt” for Rolex 24 victory, says Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing CEO Bobby Rahal says he believes the team’s BMW M8s are now close enough to the ultimate pace to contend for the GT Le Mans win at this month’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

Bobby Rahal: Zanardi is integral to our team at Daytona

Bobby Rahal says that Alex Zanardi joining his Rahal Letterman Lanigan BMW team for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona “is a hell of a story,” but says the former Indy car champ’s presence is not just a gimmick or publicity stunt.

Zanardi “not so far behind” BMW teammates at Daytona

Alex Zanardi admits he feels some pressure to match his BMW teammates on his Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona debut, but believes he’s reasonably close to their pace.

Zanardi could race RLLR BMW at Rolex 24

Alex Zanardi could be racing one of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing factory BMW M8s when he returns to U.S. racing at next January's Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

Zanardi completes first IMSA BMW M8 test

Two-time IndyCar champion Alex Zanardi has completed his first test in preparation for a return to U.S. racing in next year's Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

BMW: Endurance racing better for Zanardi than DTM

BMW says it has no further plans to run Alex Zanardi in the DTM and believes endurance racing is a more natural fit for the ex-Formula 1 and CART star going forward.

Zanardi thought fifth-place Misano finish was a joke

Racing legend Alex Zanardi thought his BMW team was joking when it told him he finished fifth in the second DTM race of the weekend at Misano.

Zanardi will be a "pain in the arse" on DTM debut - Di Resta

Mercedes DTM drivers Paul di Resta and Gary Paffett expect Alex Zanardi to be a "pain in the arse" when he makes his series debut at Misano this weekend.

Zanardi logs nearly 300 laps in BMW DTM test

Alex Zanardi covered 294 laps of Vallelunga in his first test of his modified DTM BMW this week, and declared his new hand-operated brake system a huge step forward.

BMW reveals modifications for Zanardi DTM one-off

BMW has revealed details of how it is adapting its M4 DTM racer to facilitate double amputee Alex Zanardi’s series debut at Misano later this month.

Zanardi thought BMW DTM offer was a "joke"

Alex Zanardi says he thought BMW was “joking” when it offered him the chance to make a one-off DTM appearance at Misano.

Zanardi to join DTM grid for Misano one-off

Alex Zanardi will make a one-off appearance in the DTM later this year with BMW in his home round at Misano.

Zanardi targets Rolex 24 at Daytona bid in 2019

Racing hero and multiple Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi is targeting a return to the American racing scene by taking part in the 2019 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona with BMW.

Book review: ‘In the Zone’ reveals hidden secrets of the mind

In his new book ‘In the Zone’, Clyde Brolin delves into the mental superpowers that set apart the greatest athletes in motor racing and beyond.

Paul Tracy: Lack of rivalries and ‘bad guys’ are hurting the sport

Indy car legend Paul Tracy says IndyCar and NASCAR are suffering as a result of fewer ‘villains’ and the types of fierce rivalries that marked his career.

Top 10 photos of the week: 2015-10-14

Your weekly dose of top 10 photos from around the world, shot by the award-winning Motorsport.com photographers.

Emotional maiden win for BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS

In their sixth attempt at the Total 24 Hours of Spa, the Belgian BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS finally took their first win on home soil.

Zanardi to race at Spa 24

As a works BMW driver Zanardi will race a modified BMW Z4 GT3.

Hamilton wins European sportsman award

Lewis Hamilton has taken home yet another plaudit after winning his second drivers' title in 2014.

Alessandro Zanardi goes onto the streets of Baku with his BMW Z4 GT3

Today, Saturday, saw two free practice sessions in the morning and the qualifying practice in the afternoon.

Greg Moore ... A champion on and off the race track

Although today is a national holiday in 'Halloween,' let's also take a moment to remember a fallen racer, taken well before his time.

Alessandro Zanardi pleased with his qualifying race at Zolder

BMW works driver has returned to the cockpit of his BMW Z4 GT3 for the sixth round of the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series

Top 10 photos of the week: 2014-10-15

Your weekly dose of top-10 photos from around the world, shot by the award-winning Motorsport.com photographers.

Zanardi 247th of 2,187 finishers in his first triathlon

Of 2,246 starters, less than a dozen had physical handicaps.

Emphatic win for Götz and Buhk in Portugal

Maximilian Buhk and Maximilian Götz took their second Main Race win of the season at the Portuguese round of the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series.

Slovakia Ring ends summer break for Blancpain Sprint Series

Next weekend the drivers and teams of the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series will come into action at the Slovakia Ring.

Zanardi looks forward to Schumacher recovery

Alex Zanardi was always sure that Michael Schumacher's condition would improve and he would beat the coma.

Battle at the beach for the Blancpain Sprint Series

The Dutch seaside resort hosts the third round of the 2014 season, after some spectacular action during the opening two rounds at Nogaro and Brands Hatch.

Rosberg does Hamilton's 'dirty work' - kart boss

"One of them has the talent, the other is fast but is more of a thinker. And then Lewis cuts a piece of Nico's cake and sells it as his own" - Dino Chiesa.

DeltaWing taps ex-Ganassi veteran to lead the team

Tim Keene to replace Dave Price in June

Paralyzed former 500cc great wins Asian GT season opener

He was a motorcycle rider who became paralyzed, and now, he's racing and winning in GT Asia.

Clean sweep for Grasser Racing Lamborghini at Brands Hatch

Jeroen Bleekemolen and Hari Proczyk dominated the feature Blancpain Sprint Series event of the weekend at Brands Hatch.

Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini wins Qualifying Race

Hari Proczyk : “Keeping the Mercedes behind was not as easy as it might have looked."

Laurens Vanthoor takes pole after thrilling qualifying session

Laurens Vanthoor claimed pole position for tomorrow’s qualifying race at Brands Hatch.

International sportscar racing back at Brands Hatch for the first time since 1996

For the British round of the Blancpain Sprint Series, the grid of impressive GT machinery will be extended, with now 22 cars and no less than seven manufacturers represented.

Does America really need an American F1 driver? You may not like the answer

Only two drivers would have a genuine shot at success, and they aren't who you think

Eventful qualifying race for BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi

Alex Zanardi's qualifying race at Nogaro was far from being monotonous and the slippery conditions didn't help any.

BMW works driver Alex Zanardi is back in business

Alex Zanardi, in a BMW Z4 GT3 modified to his needs, was respectable in the first free practice session at Circuit Paul Armagnac Friday.