Last year Alonso was part of the United Autosports team, but mechanical issues sidelined the team near the halfway point of the 24-hour race.
The so-called motorsport "Triple Crown" may have eluded F1 retiree Fernando Alonso for now, but the Spaniard just added another big feat to his already mega CV: he's now a Daytona 24 victor.
The #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac of Fernando Alonso, Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande and Kamui Kobayashi was declared the victor of the drastically shortened 2019 edition of the Rolex 24.
Alonso did the heavy lifting for Taylor at Daytona, a race stopped twice for the first time in history for rain, then called shy of the 24-hour mark because conditions were too treacherous for drivers to be on the track. He led 49 laps in all during the mostly wet stint, which included an nearly two-hour red-flag period for extreme wet conditions through the track at the 16-hour, 43-minute mark.
"I am very proud of the job we achieve today", Alonso said after the race.
Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso won the rain-shortened 24 Hours of Daytona, overhauling Felipe Nasr two laps from the eventual finish on Sunday.
The Spaniard, who won back-to-back world championships in 2005 and 2006, retired from Formula One in November.
"I'm really happy for these guys", he said.
However, Daytona has also been a personal goal for Alonso, who made his debut at the race past year in the LMP2 category for United Autosports.
Alonso first raced in Daytona in 2018. "We were competitive in everything - dry, wet, night, day". By the time Nasr had things under control, Alonso was 12 seconds ahead.
Team boss Wayne Taylor explained earlier this month how hard it had been for him to secure Alonso for the race. We're enjoying our racing...
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.
When his stint was over, Alonso had no plans to watch the race.
"I think to win in different series and win in different disciplines in motorsport which are quite specific, you need to probably be born with that talent and grow up with that knowledge of that series - like oval racing in IndyCar and things like that", he said.
Fernando Alonso raced into retirement from Formula One dedicated to winning the final leg of motorsports' version of the Triple Crown.