Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos courtesy of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
On the off-season, many Formula One drivers compete in various athletic events. Most notably, former world champion Jenson Button recently competed in an Iron Man 70.3 in Cebu, right before flying back to Belgium and winning his second race of the year.
While most fans can tell you who Jenson Button is, not many know of Alex Zanardi. His unremarkable Formula One career was beset by bad luck and bad timing. Instead, he is best known for his back-to-back world championships in the American CART series (now known as Champ Car) in the late 90’s.
In those days, “Mister Donut” was known for exceptional race craft and daring overtakes. He would celebrate each victory by spinning his racer on track. In this latest victory, he instead held it high over his head. Not hard to do, as his racing hand-cycle is very light.
For this former world champion and double amputee, very few victories have ever been as sweet.