Formula 1 drivers are often inspiring individuals but few compare to the extraordinary Alex Zanardi. For those who do not know him, Alex finished second to Christian Fittipaldi in the Formula 3000 series in 1991. He tried to break into F1 with various teams before landing a seat at Lotus in 1993 and 1994. He then went to the US and won two CART titles before returning to F1 with Williams in 1999 but things did not work out and he went back to the US in 2000 and in September 2001 lost his legs in a shocking accident at the Lausitzring in Germany. He returned to racing competing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship with a hand-controlled BMW between 2003 and 2009 and then retired from the sport and switched to handcycling, his goal being to compete in the Paralympics in London in 2012. He won gold medals in the individual H4 time trial and the individual H4 road race, followed by a silver medal in the mixed H1-4 team relay. Now 48, Alex is now competing in Ironman competitions. If you are looking for inspiration watch this and this.