- Alex Zanardi [Copyright: BMW Motorsport]

It was announced during the 2017 BMW Season Review gathering on Friday, that Alex Zanardi is preparing himself for a return to endurance racing in 2019, competing in the Daytona 24 Hours marquee race event.

The 51-year-old's development work, especially with the new brakes will commence soon, as BMW will prep up a modified M8 GTE to allow Zanardi to drive the German car during the 24 hours of racing.

Since losing both his legs in a violent accident in 2001, Zanardi has taken up Handcycling alongside his limited racing commitments. So much so, the ex-Formula 1 driver won Gold medals in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro for the second time after 2012 London event.

On the racing side, Zanardi made a return full-time in 2004 in the FIA European Touring Car Championship, which was given world status in 2005. Zanardi competed for BMW outfit until 2009, taking four wins and six podiums in his touring car career.

He also tested the BMW F1 car in 2006, which was specifically designed to suit his needs. Post his WTCC career, Zanardi teamed up with Stefano Colombo and David Fumanelli to compete in the 2014 Blancpain GT Series for ROAL Motorsport, driving the BMW Z4 GT3.

The Italian then, also took part in the Total 24 Hours of Spa in 2015, teaming up with Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler in a ROAL Motorsport-entered BMW Z4 GT3 car.

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