United Autosports are owned by Zak Brown, McLaren’s government director.
McLaren permitted Alonso, who has prolonged his take care of the workforce for 2018, to overlook the Monaco GP earlier this 12 months to compete on the Indy 500.-
The Daytona 24 race would be the two-time F1 world champion’s first-ever endurance occasion and may very well be a precursor to the Spaniard making his debut within the Le Mans 24 Hours as he chases motorsport’s Triple Crown.
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Describing his participation as an “thrilling and fascinating challenge”, Alonso stated: “Studying a few fully new racing class, adapting to a unique automobile and to a different type of driving and every part that goes with it, is a brand new problem for me and I am unable to wait to check myself once more as a driver.
“The Daytona 24 Hours is probably the most iconic US endurance race and one of many world’s nice races. Everybody is aware of it.”
Alonso will race alongside Phil Hanson and Lando Norris within the occasion, which will probably be held on January 26-27. Norris is a growth driver for McLaren and is anticipated to be the workforce’s third driver subsequent season.
Alonso has beforehand revealed his ambition to finish F1’s Triple Crown – the Indy 500, Le Mans and the Monaco GP.
Though Daytona isn’t a part of that collective, it’s extensively recognised as certainly one of motorsport’s pinnacle races.
“It is not a part of the Triple Crown however, as I’ve at all times stated, my purpose is to be a whole driver and this expertise will assist me within the preparation for some other endurance race I would participate in.
“Earlier than I went to Indy, I had by no means pushed on an oval, now I do know what an oval is and find out how to take care of it. I’m excited to return and race in America. After the nice time I had throughout the month of Could for the Indy 500, I’m wanting ahead to participating in one other legendary race that may deliver again all these superb sensations that US followers gave me.
“Additionally, this race occurs at a handy time, in January, when our F1 season is off and we’re primarily engaged on our bodily preparation. It is going to be good to get behind a wheel once more! Because of United Autosports for having supplied me this chance and due to McLaren for supporting me on this new thrilling journey.”