DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Twice Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso has won the rain-shortened 2018 24 Hours of Daytona after passing Felipe Nasr two laps from what became the end on Sunday.
He is only the third F1 champion to win the race – the others were Phil Hill (1964) and Mario Andretti (1972) and told the media after de-helmeting:
“It’s been an amazing experience. Very different conditions and we’ve been competitive in everything – dry, wet, night, day. Really happy for the team and all the guys.”
Alonso, who retired from F1 in 2018, said the victory ”would rank very high among my accomplishments”. “With zero experience or background in endurance before it’s quite a big thing.”
Alonso also won the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans and will try to complete the Triple Crown of motorsport by with the 2018 Indy 500 in May.
Brazilian Nasr lost his lead when he drove into deep water – suddenly Alsonso was 12 seconds ahead and kept the lead to the end.
Kamui Kobayashi, Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande were with Alonso for a race that was twice red-flagged thanks to water on the track.
Alexander Rossi, third, was the only other driver to finish on the lead lap.