Because Alex Zanardi isn’t amazing enough, he’ll do a triathlon next


Alex Zanardi continues to amaze. The two-time CART champion, who lost his legs in a 2001 accident in Germany, but has since gone onto mass success both racing with hand controls, then hand cycling, will participate in the Ironman World Championship triathlon on Oct. 11.

USA Today reported the news, and also confirmed Zanardi had completed an extensive interview process prior to being cleared.

Speaking to USA Today, Zanardi maintained his trademark humility: “It would be completely wrong and arrogant of me to say that this is what I am, an inspiration to others. During the course of my recovery, I bumped into people with amazing stories, far more amazing than mine.”

The Ironman involves 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling, and 26 miles of running, the latter of which he’ll complete using a specially designed racing chair.

Zanardi said his goal isn’t to win, but to finish.

But knowing Zanardi, it would be a shock if he isn’t among the story lines and key players toward the finish anyway. He’s just that awesome.

This year, he’s competed in the Blancpain GT Series with BMW.

Zanardi made an appearance at the 2013 Indianapolis 500, where he was presented with his Laguna Seca (now Mazda Raceway) winning Reynard-Honda chassis from 1996, when he made “The Pass” on Bryan Herta at the track’s fabled Corkscrew corner.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

McLaren Formula E Hughes
McLaren Racing

Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.