Two-time CART champion Alex Zanardi has confirmed he has been approached by IndyCar Series officials with a view to having him as part of the ‘wildcard’ entrants for the season-ending race at Las Vegas, which is offering a $5 million purse to any of the five guest drivers if they take the race win.
And while acknowledging the approach was made, Zanardi was quick to dismiss the approach.
“I didn’t think [IndyCar boss Randy Bernard] was serious,” he is quoted as saying.
“I’m an old fart now. I’d love to be in it but it’s one thing to talk about it, another to put something together and do it.”
Zanardi’s open-wheel racing career came to a tragic end when he lost both legs above the knee when he was involved in a sickening accident at the Lausitzring in 2001.
The Italian did, however, manage to forge a successful comeback in the European and World Touring Car Championship series’ with BMW, where he was a race-winner.
Having since retired from all motorsport competition at the end of 2009, Zanardi has been actively involving in wheelchair athletics, where he has won several marathons and is now working towards representing Italy at the London Paralympics in 2012.
[Original image via XPB]