Howard Fielding chats briefly with Karun Chandhok at Autosport International
This is such a great story isn’t it? Alex Zanardi, former F1 driver and CART champion, who tragically lost his legs in a crash at Lausitzring in 2001, goes on to become a double Paralympics gold medallist at the London 2012 games.
Last week a well-known British tabloid published an interview with British race car driver, Pippa Mann, the first ever British woman to contest the Indianapolis 500. For reasons that will be obvious to anyone who follows the American IndyCar Series, it was a tasteless article which Mann was subsequently horrified and furious about.
As tributes continue to flood in for British driver Dan Wheldon, I suspect many of you are only now learning what a great ambassador he was for the sport. I never met Dan, but like many enthusiasts I enjoyed watching his rise to fame in IndyCar racing and the irrepressible spirit he showed when he sniffed the opportunity of a race win.
Last week Lotus announced former F1 driver Jean Alesi as a brand ambassador for the Type 125 programme, Lotus’ exclusive ultra high performance F1 inspired customer race-car. Following the Autosport Show, Alesi headed over to Italy to test out the Type 125 in preparation for its wealthy potential buyers.
This Thursday (13th January 2011) at 2pm, Group Lotus will take-over the NEC in Birmingham as it unveils the Lotus’ motorsport line up including F1, GP2/GP3, IndyCar, GT2/GT4 and much more besides.
Lotus aims for success in Indy Cars this Sunday at Long Beach.
Lotus is back in IndyCar racing, partnering with Cosworth and established competitors KV Racing Technology.