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After competing in his first 24-hour race and defending his titles in para-cycling, 48-year-old Alessandro Zanardi wants to race in the Indianapolis 500.

Alex Zanardi heads to Spa this weekend. How will the double amputee cope with the rigors of a 24-hour race and sharing a car with two able-bodied drivers?

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Double CART champion and Paralympic gold medal winner Alex Zanardi will line up at Spa for BMW this weekend. We ask the double amputee how he'll cope with the rigors of a 24-hour race and sharing a car with two able-bodied drivers.

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If there's ever been an inspirational story in the pantheon of motor racing history, surely it's that of Alessandro Zanardi. The Italian driver worked his way up the motor racing ladder, making it into Formula One and winning two CART championships for Chip Ganassi Racing back before the series re-merged into IndyCars. Tragedy struck in 2001 when he lost both his legs in a crash at the Lausitzring in Germany, but rather than accept his fate, Alex pushed on. Fitted with prosthetic limbs, he learn

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Alex Zanardi has faced many challenges since a devastating 2001 accident at a CART race in Germany left him a double amputee, but the 46-year-old Italian is in excellent spirits these days after coming off a gold-medal performance in the 2012 Summer Paralympics. In a video interview on CNN, Zanardi acknowledges that he cheated death in auto racing, and he is now seeing how far he can push himself in his latest sport, hand-bike racing.

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Alex Zanardi just can't get racing out of his system. Despite losing both of his legs in a CART crash back in 2001, Zanardi has stayed competitive in auto racing (as well as Paralympics cycling), and according to Auto123.com, the Italian racer is now looking to join BMW in the DTM racing series.

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Former Formula One racer Alex Zanardi took the Paralympic gold in para-cycling earlier this week by laying down a time of 24:50.22. Para-cycling pits competitors against one another in handbike races. On taking the checkered flag, Zanardi slid from his carbon-fiber bike and hoisted it above his head with one hand in triumph. The victory underscores just how far the former race car driver has come since September 15, 2001.

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Alex Zanardi is an impressive person. Despite losing both his legs (and almost his life) in what many assumed was a career-ending crash during a 2001 CART race at Lausitzring, Zanadari wasn't content to accept that fate. After being disappointed with the prosthetic limbs doctors offered at the time, he designed his own and it wasn't long before he was back behind the wheel of a vehicle.

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It's nice to see that someone at BMW apparently has a wry sense of humor when it comes to the X5 M. We are not shy about admitting that we find it hard to take the 550-horsepower SUV seriously – we famously called it a "2.7-ton Miata with a lampshade on its head and a serious coke habit," when we reviewed it back in 2010. But this little 30-second spot pairing it with the M3 has us tickled with nostalgic memories of the 1996 CART finale at Laguna Seca.

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Introduction to Karting: Part 1 - Click above for high-res image gallery

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The S2000 soldiers on as Honda's hottest whip with nary a significant nip/tuck or overhaul since it was introduced over seven years ago. It's inevitable demise is in the cards, but Honda's still proud of its little 2.0-liter terror and there's at least one more special edition planned before it goes. The S2000 RJ celebrates Honda's history in F1 racing, and as such features the signatures of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button, Honda Racing's pair of F1 drivers, on the audio head-unit's flip d

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