There are few stories in racing that are more inspirational than that of Alex Zanardi. After being forced to adapt to life without his legs after a horrific crash in 2001, he’s continued to strap himself in a race car ever since. After racing touring cars, GT3 cars, and most recently DTM, he’s about to take on one of the most grueling races on the planet.
He’ll be racing the #24 BMW Team RLL M8 GTE at the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the first time this weekend. A unique hand-controlled setup allows him to share the car with other able-bodied teammates and still be just as fast. RACER’s Marshall Pruett spent some time with Zanardi recently to get a detailed look at how the hand controls work on this car and understand the kinds of challenges he’ll be taking head-on like the badass he is.
Whether you’re coming to the track this weekend (like Kamil and I are!) or catching it on TV, the #24 BMW M8 GTE will be a car you need to follow. At the very least, set aside five minutes to watch what this hero can do.