Rolex 24 – The 24 Hours of Daytona 2019 – Preview
Fernando Alonso will be starting his 2019 with the same race as 2018, he will be joining forces with with Wayne Taylor Racing, to tackle the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The Daytona International Speedway is one of the most outstanding American circuits in existence, the Florida based track is probably most well known for IMSA’s Rolex 24, first held in 1962.
|First 24 Hours of Daytona||1962|
|Circuit Lenght||5.874 km|
|Circuit Elevation||11 m|
|Number of Corners||12|
|Race Lenght||24 hours|
|Race Distance (2018)||4 629.245 km|
|Pole Lap (2018)||1:36.083 – Renger van der Zande|
Fernando Alonso joined Zak Brown’s United Autosports in order to participate in his very first endurance race of his career, the Rolex 24 at Daytona back in 2018.
United Autosports entered the event with two cars – Alonso would be driving the #23 car together with Lando Norris and Phil Hanson, while Bruno Senna, Paul Di Resta, Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer drove the #32 car.
The Spaniard was the fastest of the two United Autosports in qualifying, putting the #23 car 13th fastest, Bruno Senna was 1.178s slower – qualifying the #32 car in 15th place.
The race started well for the #23 car, after moving up into the lower part the top 10, where the #23 would stay for the first half of the long race.
But the race turned into one to forget quickly, for the #23. Lando Norris encountered a puncture near the end of the first 11 hours, which dropped the #23 from 6th to 16th place.
That would only be the start of the problems for the #23 car, though, as Fernando Alonso’s crew had to retire near the end of the race. The #32 car finished the race in a fantastic 4th position.
Fernando Alonso is currently leading the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship table with his #8 Toyota team-mates Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi.
Although he will be joining his Toyota team-mate from the #7 car, Kamui Kobayashi, together with Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande to drive the #10 car of Wayne Taylor Racing at the 2019 Rolex 24.
Fernando Alonso will be driving a DPi Cadillac for the first time in a race scenario, increasing his chance to compete for the win, unlike last year, when he drove a slower LMP2 car.
When and Where to Watch
|Rolex 24 at Daytona – Qualifying||24th of January 2019||21:00 CET||IMSA.TV|
|Rolex 24 at Daytona – Race||26th of January 2019||20:00 CET||IMSA.TV|