Daytona 24 Hours is ‘out of comfort zone’ for Alonso

Alonso LMP2 test Aragon

pic: Fernando Alonso Facebook page

Fernando Alonso has said he’s ‘out of his comfort zone as he gears up to compete in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona International Speedway later this month.

The two-time Formula 1 World Champion will pilot the #23 United Autosports LMP2 Ligier with co-drivers Lando Norris and Phil Hanson in the race, with Alonso getting his first taste of the Daytona Road Course in the ROAR before the 24 official test this weekend.

The 2018 event will be the 56th running of the American sportscar classic and Alonso’s first ever race where he’s shared a car with team mates.

“It’s a true pleasure to go back racing in the States, in front of the US fans,” said Alonso.

“In less than a year I will have competed in two legendary races, which makes me very proud.

“I have always wanted to challenge myself in other categories of motorsport, as this is what you need to become a better driver.

“Going out of my comfort zone by taking part in such an iconic race as the Daytona 24 Hours is just amazing.

“I am looking forward to racing for United Autosports, the reigning European LMP3 champions.”

The ROAR before the 24 official test will not be Alonso’s first outing in an LMP2 car, having already tested the Ligier at Aragon in November 2017.

“At the test we had in Spain in November, everyone made me feel extremely welcome and part of the family and I’m happy to be spending more time with the team and my teammates in a few days, at the ROAR,” added Alonso.

“I just cannot wait to jump in the car again and drive on the famous oval. In the last couple of months I have been spending time watching several Daytona 24 Hours, which made me even keener to go out there and try myself. It’s going to be fun!”

United Autosports will run a second car in the Rolex 24 driven by Bruno Senna, Paul di Resta, Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer in the Anglo-American squads #32 entry.

The Daytona 24 Hours will take place from January 27-28.