Alonso announces his Daytona return

Fernando Alonso announces Daytona return

Fernando Alonso announces Daytona return

Fernando Alonso will return to the Daytona International Speedway in January to contest the Rolex 24 Hours with the Konica Minolta Cadillac team and Wayne Taylor Racing.

Last season he competed in the sportscar event, finishing 38th out of 50 as he raced for McLaren chief Zak Brown’s United Autosport team.

This year, he’ll be with Wayne Taylor Racing.

Alonso will drive the number ’10’ Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R alonside Kamui Kobayashi, Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande.

“I am very happy about joining the Konica Minolta Cadillac team and Wayne Taylor Racing to race together at the Rolex 24 At Daytona,” said Alonso.

“This is undoubtedly one of the greatest races in American and world motorsport. Returning to the United States is always special.

“The atmosphere created by the fans is unique throughout an incredible weekend. I really hope to fight for the win, as well as having fun and putting a smile on the fans’ faces.

“I made my debut last year both in endurance races and with these sportscar prototypes, as well as on this track. I was left wanting much more after a brake issue ended our hopes of stepping on the podium.

“After an intense year in which I’ve competed in both Formula One and the WEC, I’m really looking forward to 2019 and attempting to conquer one of the most important races in the world.

“I’m brimming with hunger and desire and I can’t wait for the first race of next season and going out on track to battle with my Konica Minolta Cadillac team-mates.”

Alonso’s only other confirmed project is the Indianapolis 500 as the double F1 World Champion chases motor racing’s Triple Crown.

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