DAYTONA BEACH, Fla—January 27, 2019— Alex Zanardi’s Rolex 24 at Daytona was problem-plagued, perhaps even forgettable.
That was just fine for one of the most beloved figures in motorsports, who found the racing to be secondary to the adulation and affection he received in his return to North America.
“I’m proud of the quotes, the comments, the love,” Zanardi said after the race concluded Sunday. “It’s what I got from all the fans, all the people that stopped me and all the people who keep telling me how inspirational my story is.”
Zanardi lost both his legs in a 2001 crash during a CART race in Germany but built a remarkable career after the devastating injury.