Alex Zanardi will enter the Rolex 24 endurance race at Daytona International Speedway in 2019, racing a modified BMW M8 GTE car.

In an announcement made at BMW's end-of-season Sports Trophy Dinner, the German manufacturer confirmed Zanardi would be embarking on a journey to Daytona in January 2019, acting as the latest major challenge of the Italian's career.

Zanardi won the CART title in 1997 and 1998 before a brief spell in Formula 1, but suffered severe leg injuries in a CART crash at the Lausitzring in 2001 that resulted in the amputation of both his legs.

Zanardi returned to racing in modified cars controlled by his hands, and also embarked on a career in hand cycling that saw him become a four-time gold medallist at the Paralympic Games.

BMW will now enter Zanardi to the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 13 months' time in a modified version of its M8 GTE model, which will make its race debut at the 2018 running of the 24-hour race, taking place in six weeks' time.


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