Following a successful completion of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Fernando Alonso is looking for more endurance racing.
The two-time Formula One World Champion will contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the factory Toyota team in 2018. On top of that he will race in as many WEC races possible. The only race he will have to miss is the Fuji race when he will be with McLaren for the United States Grand Prix.
Alonso has said publicly he wants to win the “Triple Crown”, he has Monaco, he attempted Indianapolis and now he’s getting his shot at Le Mans. Teaming up with Toyota puts him in the best position to win considering they will be the only factory team for the WEC super season calendar.
“I’ve never been shy about my aim of winning motorsport’s ‘Triple Crown’ the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We tried for Indy last year, came close, but just missed out,” he said.
“This year, I have the chance thanks to McLaren to race for the win at Le Mans. It is a big challenge – much can go wrong – but I am ready, prepared and looking forward to the fight.”
Alonso and his United Autosports team finished 38th but were running at the finish. Heading into the overnight portion and even in the early morning the #23 was running in the top 7 most of that time. Some car issues set the team back a number of laps but until that point they were very competitive. The #32 team car came home 4th just missing the overall podium. United Autosports has the pace to compete this season.
Fernando is proving to be a racer’s racer later in his career. He’s a driver that has aspirations to be one of the best all around drivers ever. He’s a throwback to a time gone by, a guy willing to hop in any car anywhere and give it a go. He showed up to Indianapolis and had a chance to win. He went to Daytona having never turned a lap there. Now he’s headed to Le Mans and a full season of WEC. Seeing a driver want to drive anything he can is really refreshing in a time all racing disciplines are so specialized, or so we’re told.
Fans should get their first look at Alonso in a Toyota for the 6 hours at Spa before he heads home for the Spanish Grand Prix. Race fans will be getting a lot of Alonso this year and hopefully a return to the top step of the podium.
Will there be Kimoa Toyota gear? We’re about to find out when every third person at the circuit has a hat on like Daytona.
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