Monza: Alex Zanardi preview

Packed schedule for BMW driver Alessandro Zanardi at his home event. Munich, 5th October 2007. For Alessandro Zanardi (ITA), the "Autodromo Nazionale di Monza" carries a special meaning not just in one sense of the word. This weekend it is where...

Packed schedule for BMW driver Alessandro Zanardi at his home event.

Munich, 5th October 2007. For Alessandro Zanardi (ITA), the "Autodromo Nazionale di Monza" carries a special meaning not just in one sense of the word. This weekend it is where he is driving in his home event in the 2007 FIA World Touring Car Championship. Monza is also the track where Zanardi celebrated his amazing motor racing comeback on 19th October, 2003, with BMW in the European Championship, just two years after losing both his legs in an accident. The BMW Team Italy-Spain driver has scored two WTCC wins and been on the podium six times - and is keen to be successful in Monza again this year.

Alessandro, in the build up to your home event in Monza this weekend you visited Dusseldorf. What happened there?

Alessandro Zanardi: "I spent a day at a trade fair which is called 'Rehacare' and visited the BMW stand. At this fair there are products on display that simplify life for handicapped people. You can live with a handicap in two different ways. Either you stay at home, do nothing and rely on other people, or you can try to make use of technology to improve the quality of your life. What I have seen in Dusseldorf is that BMW is on top of that concept helping handicapped people with recent innovations."

How important is it for you to be a good example for disabled people?

Zanardi: "I am really proud to be taken as an example. As I am successfully competing in a popular sport, I lead people to believe that this is also possible for others. I often get this response from people that are in a similar situation to me."

You will visit the United States in a couple of weeks. What is on the agenda for your trip to America?

Zanardi: "Primarily I am there because my sponsor Barilla invited me to attend a Saturday night dinner just before the annual New York marathon. I will also visit a trade fair in Las Vegas, called Sema, and have some TV appearances as well. Probably I will be part of a surprise event, but I cannot say too much about it at the moment, as it's not confirmed yet."

Before that you will race in Monza. What is so special about this place?

Zanardi: "Monza is not only my home race, but also the most prestigious circuit on the calendar in comparison to some other tracks. The WTCC usually attracts a big crowd, which creates a good atmosphere, so I want to score some good results - not just for me, but also for my Italian fans at the track. I am really looking forward to Monza as it's one of the highlights of the year."

-credit: alex-zanardi.com

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