Fernando Alonso is set to contest in the 2018 Rolex 24 hours of Daytona in January racing for United Autosports.
Racer initially broke the story about the McLaren driver’s participation, saying that Alonso will drive the car for the first time in the week prior to Abu Dhabi – F1’s final race of the season.
Alonso recently resigned with McLaren in what is understood to be a multi-year deal, but the terms do allow Alonso to compete in the fabled “triple-crown” races.
“As I said many times, the Triple Crown is the main thing,” Alonso said in Austin. “I know that the Indy 500 was a nice thing and I felt very competitive, but it was a big challenge that I took from zero, with no testing and no similar racing experience before the Indy 500 at any other oval, it was a big challenge.
“I was competitive and it felt good but if I want to prepare for Le Mans maybe there are other possibilities to prepare Le Mans a little bit better [than I did for] the Indy 500.”
Alonso’s teammates for Daytona will be two British 18-year-olds: McLaren protege and Formula 3 champion Lando Norris and World Endurance driver Phil Hanson.