Zanardi’s presence at the 57th Rolex 24 this weekend goes far beyond the usual nuts-and-bolts news about an annual endurance race that brings together some of the best racers in the business.
Zanardi’s car, a BMW M8 GTE prepped and fielded by BMW Team RLL – the same Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing outfit that runs two cars in the NTT IndyCar Series – features custom-built throttle, brake and gearshift controls that allow Zanardi to drive with only his hands.
In 2004, Zanardi raced a full season in the World Touring Car Championship.
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The inspirational Alex Zanardi takes RACER inside the cockpit of his BMW M8 GTE to demonstrate the unique hand controls he’ll use this weekend to vie for victory against able-bodied competitors at IMSA’s Rolex 24 At Daytona.