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A LITTLE BIT OF NOSTALGIA... One can describe life with an endless series of adjectives depending on specific circumstances faced: nice, boring, sad, happy, predictable and even odd. Yes odd, since, sometimes, funny things happen. For example,...

A LITTLE BIT OF NOSTALGIA...

One can describe life with an endless series of adjectives depending on specific circumstances faced: nice, boring, sad, happy, predictable and even odd. Yes odd, since, sometimes, funny things happen. For example, you can find yourself with a friend fishing back old memories relative to a part of your life that you have not thought about for a long time; then the following day something happens which is particularly connected with the theme of that discussion and it almost seems like talking might have somehow make things happen.

Well, this is it: on Sunday I was at home playing pool with Filippo, an old friend since school times. In these occasions we are not really focussed on playing because the conviviality of the moment takes always us to chat and joke about things of our past and present life. Suddenly he stops looking at a picture on the wall and says: "Sandrino you won a lot of races with Ganassi!"

Obviously this moved the topic of the conversation on the triennium '96-'98 that he also lived in first person, not only thanks to my post-race telephone reports but also because in every single season he took the chance of his summer holidays to join me in America to follow a lot of my best races.

Anyway, this is not the point; point is that the following day my door bell rings, I open and the delivery man gives me a huge package. I sign for it, I take the thing inside, I open it and after removing all internal packaging I find a framed printing. It is a number, 100, obtained with the composition of as many small pictures that recall the first 100 victories of the Team that has been also "mine" during a very important period of my life.

It's a collection of wonderful moments that I shared with amazing people that have been my "American family" as well as my team. Obviously, I am not the only one in the pictures of all those victories but I was delighted to understand from Chip Ganassi's words hand-written with the marking fibre tip that the 15 joys that I gave him are among the most vivid and emotional in his memories and in those of all Friends of Target Chip Ganassi Racing Team. Chip added something too, but with a little bit of modesty that I rarely show, I will gloss over it and let you imagine what he wrote.

You will probably agree that the way things happened has been really peculiar. Despite being a pretty poor photographer, I want to share you in what I talked you about and show you where I put the picture of all those good memories. Just to complete the picture I added the trophies won in the three most spectacular races I managed to run in my whole career: Seca '96, Cleveland '97 and Long Beach '98. Long live the modesty. well life is just one!

I want to thank Chip for sending me this wonderful gift with a really curious timeliness and I finally I send you my greetings before closing my bag; I will go to Milan (just not to get bored!) and tomorrow I will set off to Mexico.

Ciaoooooo!

-credit: alex zanardi

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Series WTCC
Drivers Alex Zanardi , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing