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Alex Zanardi - "My Sweetest Victory"

By Don Sklenka - Champweb.net

"Just a little bit more patience, but the book launch we've been waiting for is about to happen. Alex Zanardi's volume "My Sweetest Victory" will hit the bookshelves across the Nation this October. Alex's memoir is probably the most long awaited book the entire US motorsport community has been waiting for in a long time. For all the fans that want to be the first one to secure a copy I suggest to order it directly from the publisher's web site because these will be the orders that will be fulfilled first (www.BentleyPublishers.com ). But I have to recommend you to begin the reading when you have some spare time because it will be difficult to put it down.

In the book Alex recounts his incredible story as only he can tell it. In this very personal book the ?doughnut man' takes us from his childhood in Italy through his hard-fought racing success to the moving story of perseverance and love that motivated his recovery. Along the way, Zanardi presents his triumphs and setbacks in kart racing, Formula 3 & 3000, Formula 1, IndyCar and CART racing, culminating in back-to-back CART championships for 1997 and 1998. He also talks openly about Chip Ganassi, Mo Nunn, Frank Williams, Eddie Jordan, Flavio Briatore and Michael Schumacher among others. You will get to know all of his close friends, and also about Alex's genuine friendship with Jimmy Vasser. In fascinating detail, Zanardi relates his terrible accident, the long path to recovery, his return to the Lausitzring in a specially modified Champ Car and his come back to competitive racing in 2003-2004.

"The revelations are far from over," says Gabriele Pedone of Mediabuy USA who has been instrumental for the publication of the US edition. "We have a touching foreword by Mario Andretti, a whole new chapter - a US first, new photos, and a chronology of Alex's career."

Alex Zanardi's "My Sweetest Victory" is an inspiring book about how personal strength and passion can triumph over even the most challenging circumstances. "This is a book you don't want to miss, it's an autobiography whose significance extends far beyond the world of motorsports; in fact If I may paraphrase Lance Armstrong first book title I would say ?It's not about the car" adds Gabriele Pedone. The book sold well in both native Italy and Germany, and it's expected to do well in North America. "When I last met with Alex and he asked me to work on finding a publisher in North America, I was thrilled and confident I could do a good job. I strongly believe that Bentley Publishers of Cambridge, MA is a perfect fit for a book that needs some pampering." says Gabriele Pedone. "From my marketing prospective I'm focused on crossing the story over to the general public through both mass media events with Alex's attendance and with a bit of luck by word of mouth."

In conclusion the truth is that in the book you laugh a lot, you race, and yes... you get emotional. All is there in Alex Zanardi's story, but the only thing you will not find it's the pity effect because Alex's life did not stop on September 15, 2001 he is, after all, a happy man."

Book orders available at www.BentleyPublishers.com

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