Fernando Alonso secures Daytona 24 Hours victory

Porsche 911 RSR Brumos racing livery for 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Fernando Alonso earned his first Rolex 24 crown Sunday after leading his No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi team to victory at Daytona International Speedway.

Alonso powered past three-time Indianapolis 500 victor Helio Castroneves to put his Cadillac DPi into the early lead in the twice-round-the-clock endurance race at Daytona International Speedway. Jordan Taylor and Renger van Der Zande are the full-time drivers and have been adapting to Alonso's fame. The race was plagued by rain storms from 05:00 in the morning and was stopped for good due to heavy rain with two hours remaining. Alonso had taken over the No.10 auto from Taylor just after the 21-hour mark and was putting pressure on Nasr as the conditions worsened.

"It was just an awesome experience with the team from the test now to the race", said Alonso after the win.

He has started to accrue an ever-growing trophy cabinet outside F1 and now adds the prestigious endurance title at Daytona to his victory in Le Mans' 24-hour race previous year. In years since, he has become one of the world's top hand-cyclists while occasionally returning to the race track in specially equipped cars.

Alonso spent his stints reminding the motorsport world that he really is rather brilliant when given a vehicle that's actually competitive. Speaking after his Daytona win Alonso said he is already beginning to think about tackling other events.

The two-time Formula 1 world champion completed the race-deciding pass shortly before the second red flag was shown, taking the lead from the #31 Action Express Cadillac of Felipe Nasr when the ex-Sauber F1 driver ran wide at the first corner.

His sights next turned to 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a sports auto racing debut in last year's Rolex 24 as the warmup.

"Whenever you put a guy in a different auto on a different track, normally it takes four or five laps for them to get (comfortable)", said Rolex winning team owner Wayne Taylor. We tried to have a quick integration, Kamui and myself, trying to learn as much as we could from the team in the Roar (Before the 24 test days) and then, on the race itself, it was very, very hard.

Alonso will chase after the Indianapolis 500 in May. Officials waited for a chance to restart the race until the 23-hour, 49-minute mark before waving the checkered flag, and celebration ensued in the No.10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R camp. Conditions were changing all the time.

He added: "We had a plan to execute the race and followed it step by step".

"So I need to be very calm and clever with the decisions with the future".

"I'm disappointed as [his son] Jordan has won as many 24s as I have, and I never wanted this day to happen!" said Taylor.

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