After accepting his lack of experience for Indianapolis 500, Fernando Alonso will now be fulfilling his life-long ambition of competing in Daytona 24-hours sports auto endurance race, officially known as 24 Hours of Daytona.
The race doubles up as the opening round of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. Learning about a completely new racing category, adapting to a different auto and to another style of driving and everything that goes with it, is a new challenge for me and I can't wait to test myself again as a driver.
"It is my first time in a prototype auto so it is a nice experience that will hopefully help me in the future as well in whatever series I may compete in".
After his debut at the Indy 500 earlier this season, Alonso will take part in the Daytona 24 Hours in January next year.
The team's third and final driver is yet to be announced.
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Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile, meanwhile, believes the addition of Alonso to the grid will add to its continued international flare. "It's not possible to overstate the significance of this news".
It is not yet clear whether Alonso will be able to race at Le Mans next year. "The Rolex 24 has had its share of racing legends compete - and win - over the years, and it will be fascinating for fans here and around the world to watch Fernando and the team pursue this highly coveted prize in January".
Alonso recently expressed interest in joining the United team, which is owned by McLaren CEO Zak Brown, in preparation for an anticipated drive at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
"I'm thrilled we have managed to put a deal together to get Fernando in the vehicle at Daytona", said Brown. That will probably help me as a driver to make my style better in any series.
"And when you look at United's line-up - we've got some pretty cool drivers in our cars, including Paul di Resta and Lando [Norris]". The test is open to the public on all three days.