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Alex Zanardi set for Rolex 24 entry in 2019 with BMW

IRONMAN Barcelona

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 30: Former Formula One driver and paracyclist Alex Zanardi poses after finishing IRONMAN Barcelona on September 30, 2017 in Calella, Barcelona province, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

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BMW has announced that ex-Formula 1 and CART racer-turned-Paralympic gold medallist Alex Zanardi will enter the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2019.

Zanardi enjoyed a successful single-seater career before losing both his legs in a crash at the Lausitzring in 2001, appearing to cut his racing ambitions short.

The Italian made a return to motorsport in modified touring cars, and also pursued a career in hand cycling, going on to win four gold medals across the London and Rio Paralympics in 2012 and 2016 respectively.

Zanardi’s next challenge will see him enter the 24-hour endurance sports car race at Daytona International Speedway in 2019, as announced by BMW on Friday night.

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