Alonso hints at Daytona 24 Hours outing
21 October 2017 – Fernando Alonso has suggested that he would like to compete at next year's Daytona 24 Hours, having renewed with McLaren in Formula 1 for a further campaign.
Alonso, alongside his Formula 1 exploits, made his debut at the Indianapolis 500 this year, qualifying fifth and running strongly, as part of his long-term goal to compete for the Triple Crown.
On Thursday, McLaren confirmed that it had reached an agreement with Alonso for 2018, before the Spaniard went on to reveal that the deal was for the long-term, rather than just a single year.
Alonso has ruled out competing at next year's Indianapolis 500 but has hinted that he would like to try his hand at the iconic Daytona endurance event in January.
"I will do my best to race in America as many races as I can," Alonso said at the fan forum at the Circuit of the Americas, ahead of the United States Grand Prix.
"Obviously the Indy 500 experience was one of the best races of my life in terms of feeling, in terms of racing approach.
"So I would like to experience more American races, and one maybe comes in January with the Daytona 24 Hours… so that would be nice."
McLaren chief Zak Brown also co-owns the United Autosports operation, which will field a pair of Ligier JS P217s for the event.
Lando Norris and Will Owen have already been confirmed for one car, with Paul di Resta and Phil Hanson announced for the other machine.