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Since then, Zanardi has become a world class hand cyclist and won three gold medals in the London Paralympic Games last year. He also has remained tight with Ganassi, who got choked up during a ceremony that drew many of Zanardi's former crew members, teammate Jimmy Vasser and rivals such as Tony Kanaan. All were smiling broadly as an ebullient Zanardi reacted to the car being unveiled.
Chip Ganassi (right) shares an emotional embrace with two time champion Alex Zanardi after presenting his former driver with the Honda Reynard he used to for a Michael Kors Handbags Black 2018 famous last lap win at Laguna Seca in 1996.(Photo: Chris Graythen Getty Images)
"Even more amazing is you're talking about an Olympian. That's pretty heady stuff to be at the top of one sport and then be at the top of another. I think there's not been enough said about that. Only someone with his fortitude could do something like that. To say the words 'passion' and 'commitment' and 'excellence', I think he embodies every one of those. It's not about the reality TV or anything with Zanardi. He embodies what we would like every athlete to be."
in 2001 and lost his legs during a horrific wreck in Germany in September 2001.
"I always had a dream of making it for real once in my life. It'd be fantastic, but it would also be fantastic to kiss Charlize Theron, and this will never happen in my life."
definitely alive that day, so this car means a lot."
INDIANAPOLIS Alex Zanardi doesn't have any racing memories from the most storied oval in auto racing, so former team owner Chip Ganassi decided to change that.
The Italian made a daring last lap pass of Bryan Herta in The Corkscrew to win at Laguna Seca Raceway as a CART rookie in 1996. The car, which Ganassi had restored, was nicknamed "Old Midnight" because of persistent prerace mechanical problems that were minor but would cause the crew to work Michael Kors Purses Tan
Though he never has raced on the 2.5 mile oval ("The only lap I did here was I paid $1 and had the bus ride with all the tourists"), Zanardi, 46, said he believes it would be possible.
Ganassi delivers special memory to Alex Zanardi at Indy
"It's just a breath of fresh air to see someone who transcends all of that and is about racing," Ganassi said. "That's why he brings out people like he does.
"Out of all the highlights in my career, that was probably the most emotional one," Zanardi said. "The one that actually changed my life in a way. I was very lucky that day, but had I not tried that move, who knows what my racing career would have been? For sure, it changed a lot of things. The perception of all the people watching was that after that day I was definitely a different guy. I'm sure I won a lot of fans that day and a lot of controversy. This is what keeps us alive, and I was Michael Kors Rhea Pink
"At my age, you no longer have the ability to keep the right focus throughout the season as you do in your 20s," he said. "But I want to believe I'm still very passionate for the sport. I still have the capability to steer the wheel. If down the road, the right opportunity would arise, for sure, I'd be curious about it.
The Italian won back to back championships for Ganassi in 1997 98 and left for a stint in Formula One. He returned to CART with another team Michael Kors Dove Purse
With Indianpolis Motor Speedway as the backdrop, Ganassi on Friday gave Zanardi, who lost both his legs in a 2001 crash, the car he used for the the most famous move of his brilliant career.
Zanardi, who uses prosethetic legs, has raced in the World Touring Car Championship since his accident, and there was talk he might make his Indy debut with Ganassi after winning the gold in London.
Story HighlightsAlex Zanardi was given the car that he used for an amazing race winning move in 1996"Out of all the highlights in my career, that was probably the most emotional one," Zanardi saidZanardi has since become a world class hand cyclist and won three gold medals in the London Paralympic Games
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