For Alessandro Zanardi (ITA), starting during a 24-hour competition in
Daytona (USA) is a bit like entrance home. He distinguished a first
successes in his considerable racing career in a United States. From
1996 until 1998 he contested a IndyCar array CART there, and was
crowned champion in 1997 and 1998. After dual years in Formula 1, he
returned to US racing in 2001, until his collision during a Lausitzring
(GER) on 15th Sep 2001 gave a new spin to his life
At a central pre-event test, a “Roar” in Daytona, Zanardi
perceived an eager welcome. He met countless aged acquaintances in
a paddock, and was reminded of his time in a USA.
“I was means to suffer pleasing moments of my racing career in this
nation though on tip of this we was means to share this form of emotions
with a lot of people,” pronounced Zanardi. “Some of a people who are in
this paddock gave a outrageous grant for changing my life for the
better, to what it is, a everlasting privilege. It’s usually good to
see many of them again. we can’t go any serve than a few feet and
afterwards strike into another crony who we would adore to go to cooking with
and who we would adore to spend some-more time with. Of course, we are all
bustling doing a possess things though it’s usually good to be surrounded by so
many ‘family members’.”
One of these good aged friends is 1996 CART champion Jimmy Vasser
(USA), Zanardi’s team-mate during Chip Ganassi Racing. Now, as team
principal, Vasser fields his possess group in a GTD category of a IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Jimmy Vasser: “It’s been so good to see Alex again.
We have spent a lot of time secretly and in a interviews
reminiscing about a past together as team-mates during Chip Ganassi
Racing. As usual, we did some-more listening than talking! Hail to a great
Zanardi on his lapse to North American racing! Competitors beware…”
And Zanardi and Vasser’s group principal during a time, Chip Ganassi
(USA), is a permanent underline in a IMSA paddock these days. The
maestro of US racing also met adult with Zanardi during a “Roar” – and is
anxious that he will be contesting a 24-hour race.
Chip Ganassi: “I don’t consider anything surprises me
with Alex anymore. From his accomplishments in an Indy automobile with us, to
a ranks of Formula 1, and afterwards on to bullion medals, and now a Rolex
24. What can we contend about him that hasn’t been said? He embodies
all good about a tellurian spirit. we demeanour brazen to examination him
contest after this month in Daytona. He’s a man that everybody pulls for.”
Zanardi’s stream group principal in BMW Team RLL is Bobby Rahal (USA)
– another former messenger from IndyCar. Back afterwards he managed Team
Rahal in a CART series. He still remembers good a time when
Zanardi entered a US racing scene.
Bobby Rahal: “I initial remember when Alex came on the
stage in IndyCar and apparently was an intensely gifted driver. He
won a lot of races and had his signature, a doughnuts. He was such a
captivating celebrity afterwards and everybody desired Alex since he usually had
this energy, fun of life and everything. He usually drew people to him.
He afterwards suffered his horrible collision and thankfully he survived.
And we see a story currently and he is an impulse for so many
people. Coming behind from what happened to him and afterwards saying him
surpass not usually in racing though also in other tools of life. For us at
BMW Team RLL, to have Alex with us during Daytona is usually hugely exciting.
Frankly, we feel absolved to have him with us. He is a professional,
he is a good man and we am assured that he will do a good job.”
However, there is one thing from that time, which, in Rahal’s own
difference (with a wink in his eye) “broke my heart and we haven’t
forgiven him for to this day”: a mythological overtaking stratagem “The
Pass” in a CART competition in Laguna Seca (USA) in 1996. Back then,
Zanardi overtook a leader, Rahal motorist Bryan Herta (USA), with a
fantastic float by a silt on a Corkscrew spin on a final
lap. This saw him bind a win brazen of Herta. More than 20 years
later, this stratagem is still a prohibited subject of review and the
video is a strike online.
Everything comes full round during a 2019 24-hour competition in Daytona. Not
usually will Zanardi expostulate for Rahal’s BMW Team RLL – so will Herta’s son
Colton Herta, who will line adult in a #25 BMW M8 GTE.
Bryan Herta: “Well, behind when we were racing in CART,
we consider it’s satisfactory to contend that we were large rivals and we weren’t really
best friends. We had several moments together on a lane that
weren’t pleasant, though we have to contend now, over time, examination what Alex
has achieved in a Paralympics and entrance behind in pushing – he
usually continues to do these extraordinary things. My son, who was not even
innate behind when he had ‘the pass’, apparently knows some of a history,
though he is unequivocally vehement to be on a group with Alex and I’m unequivocally happy
to see that. I’m unequivocally looking brazen to assembly Alex during a 24-hour
competition weekend and to re-connect with him. I’m usually unequivocally tender with
what he continues to accomplish. we consider he is an extraordinary individual.”
Rivals on a lane behind afterwards and both members of a BMW family
today: this is loyal of Zanardi and a benefaction group owners of Andretti
Autosports, Michael Andretti. The IndyCar fable won a pretension in 1991
and contested races along with Zanardi as of 1996. These days, he
contests a ABB FIA Formula E Championship with BMW as BMW i Andretti Motorsport.
Michael Andretti: “It’s unequivocally cold to see him race
in Daytona. He could have raced in Le Mans as well, though he chose
Daytona. That’s overwhelming for us. He loves America and America loves
him. It’s extraordinary what he has been means to do. He’s an impulse to
all of us.”