F1 champion Alonso wins rain-hit 24 Hours of Daytona

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Daytona 24 Hours victor Fernando Alonso says his Wayne Taylor Racing outfit's execution of the shortened race was "perfect".

"Fernando Alonso is one of the most impressive guys I've ever seen, when I heard him come on the radio and absolutely talking in fear I suddenly realised, 'Let's not race any more'".

Alonso powered past three-time Indianapolis 500 victor Helio Castroneves to put his Cadillac DPi into the early lead in the twice-round-the-clock endurance race at Daytona International Speedway. But arguably none have been wetter than Sunday's rain-shortened conclusion of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener, in which the No.10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team, with its all-star driver lineup of Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande, Kamui Kobayashi and Fernando Alonso, weathered treacherous conditions to score its second victory in the last three events at Daytona International Speedway. Weather worsened to the point of necessitating a red flag at 7:21 a.m., just short of the 17-hour mark.

"Speaking to NBCSN after the race, Alonso said: "[It was] just an fantastic experience with this team, from the test and now the race - a flawless execution of the race.

The Cadillac DPi-V.R teams have won the last three 24 Hours of Daytona races in a row as Fernando Alonso took the black and blue Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing auto across the finish line for the final time some two hours before the race time clock ran out.

"I've never seen a race like this", said octogenarian race team owner Roger Penske, whose Acura auto sat in third, with Indianapolis 500 winners Helio Castroneves and Alexander Rossi and Taylor's son Ricky behind the wheel. "But I can't even put into words how great this win is for us".

"It wasn't a matter of lap times or anything like that".

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The first half of the race were run under normal conditions and saw a straightforward and thrilling battle between the WTR and Action Express Racing Cadillacs and the Penske Acuras.

Had Nasr not made the mistake, he would have likely won the race as a full-course yellow came soon after and normal racing did not resume before the final red flag with one hour and 55 minutes left on the clock.

He made his debut at Daytona past year, finishing 38th. His father, team owner Wayne Taylor, won it in 1996 and 2005.

Taylor enjoyed his U.S. sons each making the podium, Jordan for the winners and Ricky in third.

The result represents Alonso's first major race victory since leaving F1 at the end of the year and his second 24-hour race victory in the space of a year, following his Le Mans victory last June. Conditions were changing all the time. We're here to show that we're capable of winning races. We stayed out of trouble, no vehicle damage, no one went off the track. Whether you're racing for an hour or a whole day, anything can happen.

Alonso has set himself the target of winning the motor racing "Triple Crown", which he will do if he wins the Indianapolis 500 in May.

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