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Zanardi to Compete in Modified BMW M8 GTE in 2019 Rolex 24

Alex Zanardi to compete in 2019 Rolex 24 in adapted BMW M8 GTE…

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Alex Zanardi will compete in the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona in a modified BMW M8 GTE, it was announced at the BMW Season Review event on Friday evening.

Zanardi lost his legs following an accident in 2001 but has since competed in several modified BMW race cars, including a Z4 GT3 in the Blancpain GT Series.

He competed in the Total 24 Hours of Spa two years ago in a Roal Motorsport-entered BMW alongside Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock.

The 51-year-old Italian is now preparing for his return to endurance racing at Daytona, where he will race the new-for-2018 BMW M8 GTE with an adapted brake system that allows him to race without his artificial limbs.

This will be one year after the car makes its race debut in next month’s running of the endurance classic. 

Further details on the program is expected to be released in the coming months.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake



  1. AF

    December 15, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Incredible news, this. Alex is an inspirational man, who pushes the limits of anything he wants to do, and I believe it’s becoming clearer what he wants to acheive long-term with a second 24 hour race in recent years. Hope he pops up a bit more.

  2. KW

    December 15, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    I was at the Lausitzring back in 2001, and the accident happened right in front of my seat at the grandstand. Since then I have followed Alex’s recovery and activities, and I really admire him for his mental strength and his positive attitude to life. What a strong personality! I wish him all the best for this new plan, and I am sure that Timo and Bruno will be ready to accompany him once again.

  3. Jason

    December 15, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    IS this a third m8?

  4. Travis McBee

    December 15, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Awesome news, he reminds me of an Italian Allain Prost on the looks.

  5. Steven

    December 15, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    I think I need to make plans to go to the Rolex 24 in 2019 to cheer on Mr. Zanardi!!! I hope this means a bigger picture to race at Le Mans.

  6. JPizzle

    December 15, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Read his book,my sweetest victory….. amazing.

  7. Slicks in the wet

    December 16, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Very good news

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