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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.