The Continued Adventures of Alonzo: 24 Hours of Daytona Edition
As winter continues, race fans are starting to awaken from hibernation and realize it’s time to go racing!
The first major event of 2018 is the 24 Hours of Daytona, which ultimately sees fans try to stay awake for 24 consecutive hours so that they won’t miss anything! Into our Winter Games steps Formula One champion Fernando Alonzo, who has endured three successive lackluster seasons with McLaren’s F1 team.
To make their champion driver less disgruntled, team boss Zac Brown has had to get creative. In 2017, Brown put together an Indy 500 program for Fernando, which brought him excellent press and decent results, although he didn’t finish. For 2018, Alonzo makes his sports car endurance racing debut at the 24 this weekend.
In qualifying, the Spaniard notched a 13th starting spot driving the No. 23 United Autosports Ligier LMP2 along with co–drivers Phil Hanson and Lando Norris. Alonzo said, “Knowing it’s a 24-hour race, it was probably the least important qualifying of my life.”
To his credit, he qualified ahead of the other United Autosports car piloted by Bruno Senna and another Ligier.
The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona takes off Saturday, January 27th and is televised on Fox networks.
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