Fernando Alonso has perfected the art of driving outside of the series that pays his bills. First the Indy 500 last season. Then we got word he will race for United Autosport at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. Alonso has made his intentions quite clear, he wants to race in as many of the World's great races as he can. Le Mans had eluded him until now as reports have surfaced that Alonso will race for Toyota in the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Nothing is official but the BBC is reporting a source close to Toyota told them, ""Le Mans is agreed.. The rest of the season is still being negotiated but it looks like he will do most of the races."
Wait, not only are we getting some sweet Fernando action at Le Mans but the possibility is out there for him to run the majority of the WEC season? According to the report there is a strong likelihood of Alonso running a full F1 season and all but one of the WEC races. The WEC and F1 calendars have only one date that clashes which leaves the rest of the season for Alonso to pilot one of the remaining Factory LMP1 cars.
This is the latest step in Alonso's quest to win the "Tripple Crown" of motorsport. The crown includes the Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and Le Mans. Alonso has already calmed victory at Monaco and his performance at Indy this year opened a lot of eyes. He has stated on numerous occasions he will return to Indy which leaves us with Le Mans. Toyota is the clear cut favorite to win the 24 this season so Alonso is giving himself a phenomenal opportunity to cross another race off his "To Win" list.