Over the last month I have taken up running and I am loving it. With a young daughter, 9-5 job, 45 minute each way drive/commute, the late night fresh air and peace is blissful. Tonight I completed week 4 of my program and when I was pounding the pavement, a certain event and person crossed my mind and entered my thoughts.
His on track successes and reputation continue to be a benchmark for the few old guard and current generation of drivers. However his persona, infectious personality, humble character and refusal to give up, refusal to accept that he can't, is unmatched and will not be matched, I don't think ever.
Through his actions since the events of 15 September 2001 Alex continues to provide inspiration for both fans and non fans of our sport. Despite all his successes on four wheels and three, he continues to play down what he does as ordinary, not extraordinary. He is a true role model in every sense.
His recovery and continued self penned Hollywood story is possibly the best work of non fiction I have ever seen, read or heard. Twelve years on, the 12 is still king, beating all challengers at everything he does. The legend lives on.