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SportAlonso anchors victory in first Rolex 24 stopped for rain

00:30  28 january  2019
00:30  28 january  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Alonso anchors win in rain -shortened Rolex 24 . 184d. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - - Fernando Alonso was the only driver on the Wayne Taylor Racing team with extensive experience racing in the rain , so he was the natural choice to carry the heaviest load in the weather-ruined Rolex 24 at Daytona.

(AP) — Fernando Alonso is the third Formula One champion to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona following his role as anchor for Wayne Taylor Racing in It was called 10 minutes from the finish, the first time rain prevented the Rolex from going the distance. Alonso joins Phil Hill (1964) and Mario Andretti

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Fernando Alonso deftly maneuvered through some of the most dangerous driving conditions of his career to grab another victory in a bucket-list event.

Zanardi stars in heavyweight lineup at Rolex 24 at Daytona

Zanardi stars in heavyweight lineup at Rolex 24 at Daytona The Rolex 24 at Daytona has started with a heavyweight lineup that includes beloved champion Alex Zanardi in a field full of superstars. The two-time CART champion and former Formula One driver is racing in North America for the first time since both legs were severed in a 2001 crash in Germany. BMW designed a steering wheel that allows Zanardi to race without his prosthetics using levers to brake, accelerate, shift and adjust the fuel parameters in the engine.

Fernando Alonso was the only driver on the Wayne Taylor Racing team with extensive experience racing in the rain , so he was the natural choice to carry A crew member walks down pit road past the cars sitting idle after the IMSA 24 -hour race was red-flagged because of rain at Daytona International

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fernando Alonso was the only driver on the Wayne Taylor Racing team with extensive experience racing in the rain , so he was the natural choice to carry the heaviest load in the weather-ruined Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Alonso drove a Cadillac DPi to the front of the field in each of his three stints in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, including the final pass for the lead in a heavy rain, on a slick track, with almost no visibility. The race was red-flagged minutes after Alonso put Wayne Taylor Racing out front, and IMSA pulled the plug about two hours later.

The decision to call the race came 10 minutes before the scheduled conclusion and marked the first time rain prevented the Rolex from going the full 24 hours. It also was the first time in race history the event was stopped twice for red flags for rain.

Alonso was sitting under a blanket on the Taylor pit stand when the race was called.

"It's too bad we didn't get to race the full distance, but we led the race in night, day, dry, wet, so I think we all kind of deserve this one," he said.

A fiery ending for the pole-sitter of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona

A fiery ending for the pole-sitter of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona The No. 77 Mazda DPI suffered a terminal mechanical problem after 220 laps.

Despite the challenges, Alonso deftly dodged the danger to grab another victory in a bucket-list event. It marked the first time rain prevented the Rolex from going the full 24 hours, and it was the first time in race history the event was stopped twice for red flags for rain .

Despite the challenges, Alonso deftly dodged the danger to grab another victory in a bucket-list event. It marked the first time rain prevented the Rolex from going the full 24 hours, and it was the first time in race history the event was stopped twice for red flags for rain .

Alonso joined Phil Hill (1964) and Mario Andretti (1972) as F1 champions who also won the most prestigious sports car event in North America. Alonso, who has two F1 titles, retired from that series in November.

The Spaniard now has won the Rolex, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix. The next big event on his schedule is the Indianapolis 500 in May, the one victory he needs to complete auto racing's unofficial version of the Triple Crown.

Wayne Taylor Racing now has four overall Rolex victories. The team won in 1996 and 2005 with team owner Wayne Taylor driving, and Jeff Gordon was part of its 2017 victory. The team this year brought in Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi, teammates on the Le Mans victory last June, to join full-time drivers Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande. Jordan Taylor was part of the winning team two years ago.

Alex Zanardi's return to a North American race for the first time since his legs were severed in a 2001 crash was hampered by mechanical problems, including an early electrical issue with the BMW-designed steering wheel that allowed the Italian to race without his prosthetic legs.

Rain causes red flag in Rolex 24 with just over 7 hours remaining

Rain causes red flag in Rolex 24 with just over 7 hours remaining Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso is in the lead.

Rain , rain , go away: Rain wasn’t expected to impact the race until the overnight hours heading into But the Rolex 24 at Daytona International It also was the first time in race history the event was stopped twice for red flags for rain . Alonso was sitting under a blanket on the Taylor pit stand when

Rolex 24 update: Alonso ’s team wins after rain forces early ending. Alonso , the two-time Formula 1 World Champion, took his first victory in his second Rolex 24 appearance. He became the third Formula 1 World Champion to win the Rolex 24 , joining Phil Hill and Mario Andretti.

Zanardi used the wheel to accelerate, brake, shift and communicate with the car. Even though the Bobby Rahal-owned team finished 18 laps down in the GT Le Mans class, the venture was a success. Zanardi drove three times totaling 6 hours, 17 minutes; his final stint was disrupted by the heavy rain at daybreak.

"He shows very clearly that life isn't over and you can still go out and live and do whatever it is you want," Rahal said.

Rahal's second BMW M8 entry won the GTLM class with Augsto Farfus, Connor De Phillippi, Phillipp Eng and Colton Herta.

The LMP2 class was won by the No. 18 DragonSpeed Oreca with drivers Roberto Gonzalez, Pastor Maldonado, Sebastian Saavedra and Ryan Cullen, while the No. 11 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan won the GT Daytona class for the second consecutive year with Rolf Ineichen, Mirko Bortolotti, Christian Englehart and Rik Breukers.

Alonso, meanwhile, was the heavyweight in the Wayne Taylor lineup and dazzled every time he got into the Cadillac. He competed in the Rolex last year as a warmup for Le Mans but returned this time intent on winning the Rolex watch. His first time in the rotation Saturday night was a triple stint in which he took the lead away from both of Roger Penske's Acura entries.

The Latest: Penske entries bobble during long Rolex yellow

The Latest: Penske entries bobble during long Rolex yellow Both of Roger Penske's teams had problems within minutes of each other at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. His two Acura's have been in contention for the victory but Simon Pagenaud was driving one car when it experienced an issue that sent him to the garage. Ricky Taylor was in the second car when he had to give up the lead for a driver change because he wasn't feeling well. Both Penske entries have been racing Fernando Alonso and Wayne Taylor Racing for the overall victory.

The Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac team scored victory in a Rolex 24 at Daytona cut short by bad weather, as Fernando Alonso won the American classic at his second attempt. The arrival of rain overnight prompted an hour-long caution period, which was followed by the first red flag with a little

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He drove again early Sunday morning and had the car out front for a lengthy yellow period that ultimately ended in the first stoppage for rain since 2004.

Alonso got the car back one final time to close out the race and took the lead when Felipe Nasr missed a turn and drove through a deep patch of water. Alonso stayed on course to move to the point, and when IMSA brought the cars to pit road minutes later under red, he walked under an umbrella to IMSA's pace car and leaned inside the open door to discuss the conditions with the driver.

Alonso then joined his teammates in the pits to await IMSA's decision.

"It was a very difficult race. The conditions were quite a shock sometimes," Alonso said. "You had to survive every lap. It wasn't a matter of lap times or anything like that. It was a matter of crossing the line, putting the lap together and at the end, it worked."

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