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.
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.
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.
Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.
Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.
The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.
In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.
Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.
Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.
Last Five Seattle Winners
450s 2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto