Earlier this year he took to the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 2018, Formula One star Fernando Alonso will try to conquer Daytona.
The Spaniard will contest January’s Daytona 24 Hours race, as he continues his bid to complete motorsport’s fabled “Triple Crown.”Alonso, a two-time world champion, will drive for the United Autosport team with the race taking place during F1’s off-season.
United Autosports is owned by Zak Brown, team principal of the McLaren F1 team with which Alonso recently signed a new contract.
“What an exciting and interesting project,” Alonso said in a statement. “The Daytona 24 Hours is the most iconic US endurance race and one of the world’s great races. Everyone knows it.”The 36-year-old won plenty of fans in the US after an admirable performance in May’s Indy 500, when he was forced to withdraw with just 21 laps remaining due to an engine failure.
Alonso has made no secret of his ambition to complete a famous trio of race wins by adding victories in the Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans to his two Monaco Grand Prix triumphs.