Alessandro Zanardi

Zanardi
Nationality Italian
Date of Birth 23 October, 1966
Teams Jordan (1991)
Minardi (1992)
Lotus (1993-94)
Williams (1999)
Races Entered 44
DNQ/DNPQ 2
Best Result 6th, Brazil, 1993

One of the most famous, and most liked, motor racing drivers in the world today, 2-time CART champion Zanardi suffered five largely fruitless seasons in F1, including a disastrous comeback year in 1999. He has since inspired many with his amazing recovery from an horrific accident that might have ruined lesser men.

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Career Summary
Before F1
1979-81 • Began competing in karting events in Bologna.
1982 • Italian 100cc Nazionale championship, 3rd overall.
• Coppa delle Regioni, represented Campania.
1983 • Competed in Club Azzurro events.
• Italian 100cc Avenir championship, 2nd overall.
• Coppa delle Regioni, represented Emilia.
1984 • Competed in Club Azzurro events.
• Competed in the Italian 100cc Avenir championship.
• European teams championship, 3rd overall representing San Marino.
1985 • Club Azzurro, 1st overall.
• Italian 100cc Avenir championship, 1st overall, 18 wins in a Dap.
• Coppa dei Campioni, 1st place.
• International Grand Prix, 1st place.
• Hong Kong Grand Prix, 1st place.
1986 • Italian 100cc Avenir championship, 1st overall in a Kali.
• Hong Kong Grand Prix, 2nd place.
1987 • Competed in the Italian 100cc Avenir championship.
• Competed in the European 100cc championship.
• European 135cc championship, 1st overall, 5 wins.
1988 • Italian F3, =15th overall, 2 points in a Dallara F388 Alfa Romeo.
• Hong Kong karting Grand Prix, 1st place.
1989 • Italian F3, 7th overall, 13 points in an Erre Tre Racing for Italy Ralt RT33 Toyota.
• International F3000, 1 start in a Automotor Reynard 89D Judd.
1990 • Italian F3, 2nd overall, 2 wins, 35 points in an RC Motorsport Dallara F390 Alfa Romeo.
• Competed in the Monaco F3 Grand Prix, taking pole position in an RC Motorsport Dallara F390 Alfa Romeo.
• European F3 Cup, 1st place in an RC Motorsport Dallara F390.
• Macau F3 Grand Prix, 7th place in an RC Motorsport Dallara F390.
1991 • International F3000, 2nd overall, 2 wins, 42 points in an Il Barone Rampante Reynard 91D Mugen.
• Winner of the Autosprint Casco d'Oro Tricolore award.
Formula One, Part I
1991 • Tested a Footwork Ford at Paul Ricard.
• Jordan 191 Ford HB V8, 3 entries.
1992 • Official test driver for the Benetton Ford team.
• Minardi M192 Lamborghini V12, 3 entries, 2 DNQs.
1993 • Lotus 107B Ford HB V8, 11 entries.
1994 • Lotus 107C and 109 Mugen-Honda V10, 10 entries.
Between F1
1993 • Competed in a celebrity karting event at Pordenone.
1995 • Porsche Supercup, 1 start.
• BPR Global GT series, =29th overall in the European points standings, 1 class win, 28 points in a Lotus Esprit Sport 300 with Portman in the GT3 class.
1996 • CART PPG IndyCar World Series, 3rd overall, 3 wins, 132 points in a Ganassi Reynard 961 Honda.
• Won the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year Award.
• Competed in the Rally of Monza in a Lancia Delta Evolution with Vernuccio.
1997 • CART PPG World Series, 1st overall, 5 wins, 195 points in a Ganassi Reynard 971 Honda.
• Won the PPG Colour Character Award.
• Competed in the IROC series.
1998 • CART FedEx Championship Series, 1st overall, 7 wins, 285 points in a Ganassi Reynard 98I Honda.
Formula One, Part II
1999 • Williams FW21 Supertec V10, 16 entries.
After F1
2000 • Tested a Mo Nunn Racing CART Reynard-Mercedes.
• Competed in the Rally of Monza in a Subaru Impreza WRC2000 with Vernuccio.
2001 • CART FedEx Championship Series, 15 starts, 23rd overall, 24 points in a Mo Nunn Racing Reynard 01 Honda.
2002 • Acted as Grand Marshal for the CART round in Toronto.
2003 • Competed in a karting event in Monaco.
• Acted as Grand Marshal for the Champ Car round at the Lausitzring, completing 13-lap demonstration run.
• European Touring Car Championship, 2 starts in a Ravaglia Motorsport BMW 320i.
• Sao Paulo 500km kart event, 4th place with Vasser, Jourdain Jr and Servia.
• Released his autobiography, My Sweetest Victory.
2004 • European Touring Car Championship, 15th overall, 8 points in a BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320i.
2005 • World Touring Car Championship, 10th overall, 1 win, 35 points in a BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320i.
• Italian Superturismo Championship, 1st overall, 91 points in a BMW Italia BMW 320i.
• European Touring Car Cup, 3rd place overall in a BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320i.
• Mini Challenge World Final guest race, 1st overall in a Mini Cooper S.
• Mille Miglia, 131st overall in a BMW 507 with Saltalamacchia.
• Winner of the Comeback of the Year Award at the Laureus Sports Awards.
• Silver medal in the International Automotive Media Awards in the autobiography section.
2006 • World Touring Car Championship, 11th overall, 1 win, 26 points in a BMW Team Italy-Spain/ROAL BMW 320si.
• Italian Superturismo Championship, 8 starts, 5th overall, 4 wins, 46 points in a BMW Italia BMW 320i.
• European Touring Car Cup, 7th place overall in a BMW Team Italy-Spain ROAL BMW 320si.
• Mille Miglia, 174th overall in a BMW 507 with Saltalamacchia.
• Tested a modified BMW Sauber C24 at Valencia.
2007 • Competing in the World Touring Car Championship in a BMW Team Italy-Spain ROAL BMW 320si.

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