Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Tuesday December 12, 2017
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC General > News & Rumors > Non-Subaru News & Rumors

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads. 
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-31-2006, 09:44 AM   #1
NYCshopper
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 5126
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: www.nugateway.com
Default Zanardi to make return to F1 as a BMW Sauber F1 Test Driver

Zanardi to make return to F1 as a BMW Sauber F1 Test Driver

Press Release:
Quote:
Munich, 30th October 2006. Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) makes his return to the cockpit of a Formula One car. On the occasion of the DELL Formula BMW World Final, the 40-year-old will take to the track at the wheel of a modified BMW Sauber F1.06 at Valencia from 24th to 26th November. By driving for the BMW Sauber F1 Team, Zanardi will enter motor racing's history books once more: He will be the first person who has his legs amputated to test an F1 machine. In 2001, he lost both his legs in an accident at the German Lausitzring. As a BMW Team Italy-Spain driver, he celebrated an impressive comeback racing touring cars and has won two rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) to date.

Zanardi said: "First of all I would like to say thank you to BMW for this opportunity. That's just amazing for me. Of course, I know that I won't get a contract with the Formula One team. However, having the chance to drive an F1 racer again is just incredible. Formula One is all about development speed. Therefore, I'm really excited to see what has changed since my last Grand Prix in 1999. I can call myself a very happy man, as I turned my passion into my profession. Despite having been a race driver for quite a while now, I still feel the fire burning in me. Formula One is - and will always be - the pinnacle of motor racing. I can hardly wait for the moment, when the V8 engine is started."

BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen commented: "Alessandro Zanardi is a truly impressive character. With an unprecedented show of will and dedication, he fought his way back into motor racing and now proves in the WTCC that he is able to win races at the highest level. It was rather a joke when he asked me at the beginning of the year, if he could do an F1 test with us. We will give him this chance now, the engineers made it possible. I cannot wait to watch his reaction after the test."

Zanardi will conduct the Formula One drives in a BMW Sauber F1.06 that differs in many ways to the car that is used by the BMW Sauber F1 Team drivers. The car features a special brake pedal, which has been moved to the right side of the cockpit. A conventional throttle is missing. To accelerate the car, Zanardi will use the shifting paddle on the left rear side of the steering wheel, which has been modified for this purpose. The paddle travel was increased considerably, in order to allow the right throttle percentage and smooth acceleration.

Between 1991 and 1999 Zanardi contested 41 Formula One Grands Prix. In addition, he won the US CART series in 1997 and 1998. On 19th November in Macau, Zanardi wants to help BMW to defend the Manufacturers' title in the WTCC.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
NYCshopper is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Old 10-31-2006, 11:29 AM   #2
Rapid_Roo
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 31511
Join Date: Jan 2003
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: Carlsbad, Ca.
Vehicle:
03 GD2 95 GM4
www.ITNRally.org

Default

Go Zanardi!!!!
Rapid_Roo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2006, 11:38 AM   #3
NYEJ25
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 1876
Join Date: Jul 2000
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Default

Awesome. He is one of my favorite drivers. If you haven't read his book, you all should pick it up. He is a very inspirational guy.
NYEJ25 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BMW Sauber F1 Pit Shirt 2009 vwown3d Non-Subaru Stuff 1 07-26-2009 07:50 PM
2009 BMW 135i Coupe To Take On BMW Sauber F1 Car At Albert Park AVANTI R5 Non-Subaru News & Rumors 0 03-20-2009 01:00 PM
2006 BMW Sauber F1 team launch t-rex25 Non-Subaru News & Rumors 3 01-26-2006 01:50 PM
Now with enough power to make it to the soccer field 2x as fast uzer_errors Off-Topic 10 06-08-2005 04:38 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2017 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2017, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.