If I could come up with one phrase to describe Alex Zanardi, it would be “happy warrior.”
We recently passed the 13-year anniversary of the two-time CART champion’s horrifying crash at Lausitz, Germany that cost him his legs. The images of that day remain awful to behold.
But from that day, Zanardi has shown us why we must always fight through our struggles, big or small.
He’s since become a multi-time race winner in touring cars, and on an even bigger sporting stage, he’s captured a pair of Paralympic gold medals in hand-cycling. Next month, he’ll tackle the Ironman World Championship triathlon.
And through it all, he has remained his smiling, humble self.
Zanardi may be reluctant to accept his status as an inspiration to millions around the world. But that is what he has become.
His incredible story is at the center of a new clip released by director Tim Hahne called “Touch The Sky,” which you can see above.
The clip serves as a preview of Hahne’s upcoming film “Adrenalin,” which focuses on BMW’s legacy in touring car racing. Zanardi himself is competing this year with BMW in the Blancpain Sprint Series.