Former Sauber driver Felipe Nasr had a very strong race in the No.31 Cadillac, finishing on the podium in second behind the winning Cadillac team of Joao Barbosa, Felipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi, nephew of two-time World Champion and Indy 500 victor, Emmerson. Chip Ganassi Racing and GRT Grasser Racing took class victories. So, if and when I ever do another 24hr, I'll be much more prepared as it'll be my second time.
But his race ended in reality before the race even got halfway.
"In an Instagram post following his last stint in the race, Alonso said: "[I'm] happy - obviously, the result, it was not what we wanted. After an additional fly-by-wire problem, a repeat of the brake issue dropped the auto down the field to an eventual 36th-place finish, and Alonso - who was surprised by the team's competitiveness - was left to rue what might have been.
"You're scared a little bit, no doubt", Alonso said about losing the brakes.
"It happened two times in the first corner - you're right there at 300-310kmh, then you hit the brakes and there're no brakes".
"But that's the way it is".
Ahead of a possible entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans later this year, two-time Formula 1 world champion Alonso entered the Rolex 24 with United Autosports, teaming up with McLaren youngster Lando Norris and rising sports vehicle racer Phil Hanson.
The opening lap of the Daytona 24 Hours.
"If and when I drive Le Mans, then it will be my second time driving at night, knowing how long to rest and sleep, etc.". "I love driving and doing this for eight or nine hours in a race is great!"
"How much you need to be in the garage, how much focus you need to have in the race and how to get ready to jump in the auto - sometimes when you expect and sometimes when the engineer tells you time to go [was new]". With no Formula 1 race clashing with it, it is possible that he could be entered in that race, although nothing has been confirmed at the moment. A tyre issue during the eighth hour dropped the team to 11th, three laps down. However, a puncture for Hanson was followed by a brake issue for Alonso that forced the No.23 back to the garage for 40 minutes.
Alonso qualified 13th in the No. 23 Ligier JS P217 on Thursday and took the start of the race, making up positions early on and even leading briefly while cars ahead pitted earlier.
"For me, I would race every weekend in any auto in any country", Alonso told Sky Sports F1 last October. It was a very nice experience, the whole event, the test, qualy, the restarts, the stints, the fatigue, at night, the transition from night to day. "I really enjoyed the traffic management [and] the auto itself". We didn't have the pace in practice and qualifying, but today we were very competitive. He said while the Indianapolis 500 grid seemed more crowded, it was still a little insane for him Saturday prior to the event.