CHAMPCAR/CART: Zanardi: training for a new life

Former Formula One and CART driver Alex Zanardi has spoken of his passionate desire to walk unaided again. The Italian lost both legs after a terrible accident in the German CART last September. In his rehabilitation he has been working with...

Former Formula One and CART driver Alex Zanardi has spoken of his passionate desire to walk unaided again. The Italian lost both legs after a terrible accident in the German CART last September. In his rehabilitation he has been working with doctors in his hometown of Bologna, concentrating on intensive therapy, training with prosthetic limbs and driving an especially adapted car. At last year's FIA awards he managed to stand on false limbs for the first time; a triumph that bought many close to tears.

"One day I will walk along with my son on my shoulders," he said recently, "Now I am training for a new life. These new legs have freed me from my wheelchair. I hope by training every day I will soon be able to do things I find so difficult at the moment. It's a hard battle but I am not going to give up. In the morning I do walking exercises, I must re-learn how to walk."

Zanardi won the CART championship twice and has already expressd his desire to return to motor racing -- but first he wants to learn to walk again: "I am working as hard as I can because I want to walk," he said.

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Series Formula 1 , IndyCar
Drivers Alex Zanardi