Alonso claims maiden Daytona 24-hour victory

Fernando Alonso added another honour to his impressive list with a Rolex 24 triumph in Daytona on Sunday.

The two-time F1® champion was part of the a No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi team which won a rain-affected race at Daytona International Speedway.

Alonso, who quit F1® at the end of last season, Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande and Kamui Kobayashi took a clear lead before the 22-hour mark, pulling away from No. 31 Action Express Racing’s Felix Nasr after he ran wide at Turn 1. 

The 24-hour race ended a few minutes early due to poor weather conditions, having been red-flagged twice because of rain. The majority of the final eight hours was run under a yellow flag.

"Just an amazing experience — perfect execution for the race," Alonso said, "We were competitive in everything — dry, wet, night, day."

The Spaniard, who made his debut in the Daytona race last year and finished 38th, became just the third F1® champion to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona after Phil Hill and Mario Andretti.

Nasr and his team finished second, while Alexander Rossi's team in the No. 7 Acura DPi were third.

 

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