On September 15, 2001, Alex Zanardi, a veteran Formula 1 and Champ Car driver, was merging onto the track after leaving the pits late in a race at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany when his car spun and veered onto the racing line. The car driven by Alex Tagliani T-boned Zanardi’s car, splitting it in half and severing both of Zanardi’s legs above the knee.
After a long recovery, Zanardi continued to compete in cars specially equipped with hand controls until the end of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship season, when he announced his retirement from racing. His next goal is to qualify for the Italian handcycling team and compete in the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
According to report on Axis of Oversteer, last week Zanardi put in a few laps of Monza on a BMW HP2 modified with an automatic transmission, a brake splitter, and supports for his artificial legs.
The next time you go for a ride and feel like turning back because your ass hurts a little, or you're too cold, or too hot, just think about Alex Zanardi, fearless and legless, bending that HP2 around Monza at a buck-sixty.