Alessandro Zanardi Biography: Alessandro “Alex” Zanardi is a professional racing driver and paracyclist from Italy. In 1997 and 1998, he won the CART title with 15 victories. He also competed in Formula One from 1991 to 1994 and again in 1999, finishing sixth in the Brazilian GP in 1993.
Alessandro Zanardi Biography
Alessandro Zanardi Biography: Alex Zanardi was born to Dino and Anna Zanardi on October 23, 1966, in Bologna, Italy. When he was four years old, his family moved to Castel Maggiore on the city’s outskirts. Cristina, his sister, was a promising swimmer who died in a car accident in 1979.
Alessandro Zanardi Wiki
|Date Of Birth||October 23, 1966|
|Birth Place||Bologna, Italy|
|Net Worth||$5 million|
Alessandro Zanardi Net Worth
Alex Zanardi is an Italian racing driver and paracyclist with a $5 million net worth.
Alessandro Zanardi Career
At age 13, Zanardi began racing karts. He constructed his kart using the garbage can wheels and pipelines from his father’s workplace. In 1988, he joined the Italian Formula 3 series, and his best finish was fifth. Zanardi won two pole positions and three podiums in 1989 despite his team’s switch to unleaded fuel, which reduced his car’s engine power. In 1991, he moved to the Formula 3000 series with the newly-formed Il Barone Rampante team. He won his first F3000 race, added two more victories that season, and placed second in the championship.
After testing for the Footwork team, Zanardi had a successful F3000 season. Eddie Jordan attempted to replace Roberto Moreno for the final three races of the 1991 season, bringing in Alex Zanardi. Zanardi finished in ninth position in two of them. In 1992, however, Zanardi was forced to replace an injured Christian Fittipaldi with guest drivers for Minardi. He tested for Benetton during the offseason but signed a contract with Lotus for 1993. He later stated that, in hindsight, he should have remained as the Benetton test driver, as he would have likely been granted a full-time drive for 1994 following Riccardo Patrese’s retirement, where he would have shared a race-winning car with that year’s world champion Michael Schumacher.
In 1993, Zanardi compared favorably to colleague Johnny Herbert and helped refine the team’s active suspension system. He scored his only F1 point at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Zanardi sustained injuries when an elderly driver collided with his bicycle, knocking him to the ground and driving over his left foot. Zanardi raced in Germany despite having multiple fractured bones, but he lost control and did not finish. Due to a contusion, he sustained in practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, Zanardi’s season ended untimely.
Zanardi missed the start of the 1994 season while working as a test driver for Lotus but returned for the Spanish Grand Prix to replace Pedro Lamy, who had been injured in an accident during testing. Nevertheless, Lotus labored in its final F1 season, and Zanardi and Lotus scored a single point or qualified higher than the thirteenth. Belgian pay driver Philippe Adams replaced Zanardi for the races in Belgium and Portugal.
With Lotus Formula One no longer existing, Zanardi trained to compete in sports car racing. His initial encounter came at a Porsche Supercup event in Imola. Later, Zanardi competed in a four-hour race at Donington Park, where he and Alex Portman retired with 8th minutes remaining despite leading by more than a circuit. The duo managed to finish fourth in a wet Silverstone race.