In 2018 Danica Patrick coined the term “Danica Double” by doing the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 in the same season. America’s two most famous races both with phenomenal trophies and their own challenges to conquer. Shockingly Danica did not write he name into racing immortality.
But someone else might be looking at doing the “Danica Double”
Fernando Alonso’s name has become increasingly more linked to the Daytona 500 over the past two months are so. Recently rumblings have been going around that he is close to signing a deal to run stock car racings most famous race in February.
Who would Alonso drive for? At the moment that still seems to be up in the air but one thing is pretty clear he would be piloting a Toyota Camry. Alonso races for Toyota in the World Endurance Championship, that relationship with the manufacturer could land him in the Cup Series for the Daytona 500. Leavine Family Racing fielding a second car is the most logical option with full Joe Gibbs Racing support. Alonso’s number in F1 is #14 which is taken in the Cup Series. His number from the Indy 500 #29 is not, make it happen.
Alonso is already a shoe-in to run the Indianapolis 500 for the second time this year. He showed up in 2017 to the speedway and damn near won the thing. He adapted so quickly and understood how to drive the car immediately. Alonso has the speed, now he just needs an engine that will last. The Spaniard was biding his time in 8th when his engine expired in 2017.
NASCAR and Alonso have been flirting in recent months as Alonso announced his retirement from F1 which might not even be a retirement. This dude could pull a Brett Favre and come back to F1 in 2020 or 2021. That flirting with NASCAR lead to the infamous wedding invitation to run the 500 and now an apparent seat swap with Jimmie Johnson. A Kimoa NASCAR Cup Car would be absolute fire.
Fernando Alonso just wants to run all the races and for that, we should thank him. The Daytona 500 doesn’t carry the weight worldwide that the Indy 500 does but it’s still a massive race. Even if it’s more luck than skill, it’s still a big race. Alonso could just add another big-time trophy to his case.
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