Fernando Alonso Set To Cross Another Major Race Off His Bucket List
Fernando Alonso is a throwback to another time. A time when drivers drove anything and everything they could get their hands on. Today's F1 drivers no longer do that, they are specialists in their chosen career. That is what made Alonso's trip to Indy earlier this year so special. Now Alonso is taking a shot at North America's premier Endurance race, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Earlier this year rumors swirled around Alonso and his interest to contest in the Daytona 24. We speculated that Alonso's likely landing spots would be Acura Team Penske or United Autosports. United is owned by McLaren boss Zak Brown. The connection to Alonso is obvious and come January Alonso will contest the Rolex 24 at Daytoa with an all star cast of drivers.
"As I said many times, the Triple Crown is the main thing," Alonso said in Austin. "I know that the Indy 500 was a nice thing and I felt very competitive, but it was a big challenge that I took from zero, with no testing and no similar racing experience before the Indy 500 at any other oval, it was a big challenge. I was competitive and it felt good but if I want to prepare for Le Mans maybe there are other possibilities to prepare Le Mans a little bit better than I did for the Indy 500."
Joining Alonso will join McLaren factory GT driver Lando Norris and Phil Hanson. F1 and DTM driver Paul di Resta and Will Owen will pilot the sister Ligier with a driver yet to be named. The name that jumps to the top of that list is retired McLaren driver, Jenson Button. Button has expressed a major interest in the Daytona 24 however rumors report that he has turned down a United Seat. While this is a long shot it would be epic to see that level of talent competing for an Overall victory.