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(ESPN)   Former F1 driver Alex Zanardi, who lost both legs in a horrific crash in Germany in 2001, returning to auto racing this year; he will drive a modified BMW Z4 GT3 in the Blancpain GT Sprint Series   (espn.go.com) divider line 27
    More: Cool, Alex Zanardi, BMW Z4 GT3, BMW, BMW Z4, motor racing, Formula One, legs, Italian language  
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2014-01-21 12:40:44 PM  
Dear ESPN.

Stick to games with dumb guys playing with balls.

Love,
Baka
 
2014-01-21 01:49:37 PM  

baka-san: Dear ESPN.

Stick to games with dumb guys playing with balls.


Love,

Baka


Are you not getting enough pearl-clutching over Dick Sherman?


In more important motorsport news...KOBIYASHI IS BACK, BABY!


pbs.twimg.com



This season we've got Ricochet Romain, Pastor the Disastor, AND Kamui Kobiyashi Maru all on the grid at the same time!
 
2014-01-21 01:54:33 PM  
I think he made more of a splash on the Champ Car circuit than in F1.....
 
2014-01-21 02:01:49 PM  

UNC_Samurai: This season we've got Ricochet Romain, Pastor the Disastor, AND Kamui Kobiyashi Maru all on the grid at the same time!



Expensive car parts exploding everywhere!
 
2014-01-21 02:04:50 PM  
i remember watching his crash and being amazed that he lived at all.

/saw AZ race at elkhart lake many times
//great guy and great driver
 
2014-01-21 02:18:36 PM  
Great, just great!  I bet they give him his own starting spot, too!
 
2014-01-21 02:28:18 PM  

FlashHarry: i remember watching his crash and being amazed that he lived at all.

/saw AZ race at elkhart lake many times
//great guy and great driver


Yeah, that was horrific. Glad he lived, he was a great driver.

I hope he does well. Best of luck to him.
 
2014-01-21 03:18:49 PM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: Great, just great!  I bet they give him his own starting spot, too!


Only if he has his placard clearly visible from his rear view mirror.

JC
 
2014-01-21 03:41:18 PM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: Great, just great!  I bet they give him his own starting spot, too!


ok, i laughed.
 
2014-01-21 03:50:54 PM  
Why?
He already proved he can't drive.
 
2014-01-21 03:55:47 PM  
I was watching that race live on tv when that happened... Really ugly accident
 
2014-01-21 03:59:41 PM  

UNC_Samurai: baka-san: Dear ESPN.
Stick to games with dumb guys playing with balls.
Love,Baka
Are you not getting enough pearl-clutching over Dick Sherman?
In more important motorsport news...KOBIYASHI IS BACK, BABY!
[pbs.twimg.com image 384x512]

This season we've got Ricochet Romain, Pastor the Disastor, AND Kamui Kobiyashi Maru all on the grid at the same time!


I loves me some Kamui. I'm looking forward to seeing him and Bianchi battle it out.
 
2014-01-21 04:36:54 PM  

UNC_Samurai: baka-san: Dear ESPN.
Stick to games with dumb guys playing with balls.
Love,Baka
Are you not getting enough pearl-clutching over Dick Sherman?
In more important motorsport news...KOBIYASHI IS BACK, BABY!
[pbs.twimg.com image 384x512]

This season we've got Ricochet Romain, Pastor the Disastor, AND Kamui Kobiyashi Maru all on the grid at the same time!


Did you notice that when drivers picked their permanent numbers Pastor took 13. That jumped out at me and gave me a chuckle.

Zinardi is a bad ass. Glad to see him driving again. At Moto GP a few years ago they had a "race of champions" thing with Rossi, Zinardi, and I'll be damned if I can remember the other two guys who were out there, but they were all on shifter carts and it was a blast to watch.
 
2014-01-21 06:01:16 PM  

UNC_Samurai: This season we've got Ricochet Romain, Pastor the Disastor, AND Kamui Kobiyashi Maru all on the grid at the same time!


Is that fair? Romain really matured last season. I think he may have had a couple of wicked crashes a couple of times... I'm thinking Monaco quali, and maybe the race itself... but he was outperforming Kimi later in the season, remember.

But Kimi wasn't getting paid, so may have just not given a shiat.

afghanwhiggle: I loves me some Kamui. I'm looking forward to seeing him and Bianchi Ericsson battle it out.


FTFY.

Also, Tony Fernandes is having a hissy over Caterham's performance and threatening to pull the plug.

I mean, there's truth in what he says about there always being back marker teams in F1, but Red Bull was a novice team not too long ago. I think Webber stayed with them from Minardi, through Jaguar and onto Red Bull. Caterham or Marussia could easily be in that position with the £££s and their own Adrian Newey.

On the flip-side of Fernandes' threat, Gene Haas from teh nascars has expressed an interest in F1.
 
2014-01-21 06:04:28 PM  

iron de havilland: UNC_Samurai: This season we've got Ricochet Romain, Pastor the Disastor, AND Kamui Kobiyashi Maru all on the grid at the same time!

Is that fair? Romain really matured last season. I think he may have had a couple of wicked crashes a couple of times... I'm thinking Monaco quali, and maybe the race itself... but he was outperforming Kimi later in the season, remember.

But Kimi wasn't getting paid, so may have just not given a shiat.

afghanwhiggle: I loves me some Kamui. I'm looking forward to seeing him and Bianchi Ericsson battle it out.

FTFY.

Also, Tony Fernandes is having a hissy over Caterham's performance and threatening to pull the plug.

I mean, there's truth in what he says about there always being back marker teams in F1, but Red Bull was a novice team not too long ago. I think Webber stayed with them from Minardi, through Jaguar and onto Red Bull. Caterham or Marussia could easily be in that position with the £££s and their own Adrian Newey.

On the flip-side of Fernandes' threat, Gene Haas from teh nascars has expressed an interest in F1.


No, I meant Bianchi.
 
2014-01-21 06:04:55 PM  

iron de havilland: On the flip-side of Fernandes' threat, Gene Haas from teh nascars has expressed an interest in F1.


Smoke must have been passed out again. Let's hope this works out better than USF1. What ever happened to that guy? Used to be the pit reporter and after his company failed he completely disappeared.
 
2014-01-21 06:14:58 PM  

afghanwhiggle: No, I meant Bianchi.


You did.

Apologies.
 
2014-01-21 06:23:07 PM  

UNC_Samurai: baka-san: Dear ESPN.
Stick to games with dumb guys playing with balls.
Love,Baka
Are you not getting enough pearl-clutching over Dick Sherman?


Nah, just pissed that they know so little about racing that they didn't know he was turning a wheel in anger by 2003 in WTCC
 
2014-01-21 06:28:57 PM  

kidgenius: I think he made more of a splash on the Champ Car circuit than in F1.....


In all likelihood Champ Car is what they meant to say.   I would not rely on ESPN to be able to tell the difference.
 
2014-01-21 07:55:26 PM  

FlashHarry: i remember watching his crash and being amazed that he lived at all.


I believe it was also the first sporting event of any kind anywhere in the world after 9/11.
 
2014-01-21 08:17:12 PM  

IlGreven: I believe it was also the first sporting event of any kind anywhere in the world after 9/11.


just about
 
2014-01-21 08:41:26 PM  
I was lucky enough to hang out with Alex as part of my job for the better part of a week about ten years ago (including kicking back in the green room backstage when he was on the Letterman show.)  I've never met a more humble, chill and cool person in my life and I'm sincerely glad to see him doing so well.  No snark here, this is me buzzed, waiting out the winter storm and cheerful at a good guy doing well.
 
2014-01-21 11:08:33 PM  
It is amazing he survived with the trauma and blood loss suffered.  Here was a little video on the incident,  approximately 3m in has the wreck, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0N1gLOx3Os

He obviously is a superior athlete surviving the impact and thriving after the double amputation winning paraolympic gold in the hand cycle.  I am just curious if the hand controls in the modified car will allow the precise controls needed to perform at a high level to be competitive.
 
2014-01-21 11:16:05 PM  

iron de havilland: Red Bull was a novice team not too long ago. I think Webber stayed with them from Minardi, through Jaguar and onto Red Bull. Caterham or Marussia could easily be in that position with the £££s and their own Adrian Newey.


Webber left Minardi for Jaguar after a season. Minardi became Toro Rosso in 2006; Jaguar became Red Bull in 2005 (having been Stewart through 1999), but Webber spent two years with Williams directly after the changeover before "returning" to Red Bull.
 
2014-01-22 07:17:48 AM  

UNC_Samurai: KOBIYASHI IS BACK, BABY!


Wha-- really?! Kamui rocks! I still remember Button yelling at his team, wanting to know who the maniac was that just passed him... it was one of Kamui's first starts...
 
2014-01-22 07:34:06 AM  
So this will be his 2nd return...he already came back in the World Touring Car Championship, and won a handful of races.
 
2014-01-22 08:28:32 AM  

Daedalus27: It is amazing he survived with the trauma and blood loss suffered.  Here was a little video on the incident,  approximately 3m in has the wreck, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0N1gLOx3Os

He obviously is a superior athlete surviving the impact and thriving after the double amputation winning paraolympic gold in the hand cycle.  I am just curious if the hand controls in the modified car will allow the precise controls needed to perform at a high level to be competitive.


I'm pretty sure i saw a video the other year, and he steers with his hands, and does everything else with his buttocks.
 
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