Fernando Alonso's team wins after race ends early due to rain

Fernando Alonso is the star as his team wins rain-shortened race at Daytona

Alonso will chase after the Indianapolis 500 in May.

The elements were at work on Sunday, as the importance of patience and perseverance meshed with the need for speed during a rainy, 57th running of the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA at Daytona International Speedway.

Alonso said he will only consider entering events where he can be competitive. Whichever adventure is next, I will not do it if I'm not competitive or I don't have a shot at winning. "I need to be very calm and clever with the decisions for the future".

The race was halted with Alonso's vehicle ahead of USA racer Eric Curran and Brazilian drivers Nasr and Pipo Derani. Alonso had twice won in Monte Carlo - perhaps the toughest leg of the Triple Crown - and now he wanted to kiss the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "It's miserable. You're focused on keeping the vehicle on the track instead of racing".

Alonso retired from F1 after 18 years and having already captured the Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans hopes to complete auto racing's Triple Crown with a victory in May on the famed Indy oval. Fernando Alonso is the overall race leader.

Alonso said in November he would run in the 103rd Indy 500 with McLaren.

For Alonso there is also an opportunity to race some of the top drivers from other disciplines.

Team boss Wayne Taylor explained earlier this month how hard it had been for him to secure Alonso for the race. "I remember his first split on the first turn was as quick as everybody". I think it was the right game plan. The deluge led to an hour-long caution period followed by a red flag with around seven hours to go, and although racing did resume 90 minutes later, the action was frequently hit with caution periods due to the extremely hazardous conditions. This year's lineup is considerably different from 2017, when Jeff Gordon was the star driver.

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I made it happen when necessary and hopefully I can have one more of those days and maybe even a better-ball striking day". However, the Spaniard then ran up a triple-bogey seven at the last to fall back into a tie for fifth at 12 under.

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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.

"I feel comfortable. I like sports vehicle racing", he said.

Alonso got the vehicle 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 drove a Cadillac DPi to the front of the field in each of his three stints in the Rolex, including the final pass for the lead minutes before IMSA finally parked the cars. Alonso's win in Daytona made him the third F1 champion to win the Rolex, joining Phil Hill and Mario Andretti.

He will close the campaign in June at Le Mans, the 2018-19 World Endurance Championship season finale.

"To come there and try to be competitive or win it is something, I think in the modern era of motorsport, is quite hard".

"I think in the past it was a little bit more open, motorsport in general". "You had to survive every lap".

"Hopefully soon I can tell you some more of the plans".

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