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.