Fernando Alonso says “the aim is to do something unprecedented in motorsport” after adding victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to his list of achievements on Sunday.
The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac claimed overall victory, with Alonso behind the wheel for the final stint after taking over from Jordan Taylor. Kamui Kobayashi and Renger van der Zande were also part of the race-winning entry, but Alonso commanded significant international interest in his first major race since his final grand prix start in Abu Dhabi.
“It’s not part of the Triple Crown, but if I win Indianapolis this will be the Quadruple Crown!” Alonso joked of the Rolex 24 win. “Right now my full focus is on the Indy 500, but I’m thinking. I’m trying to do something more in different disciplines that are not only circuits…
“But I need to think, I need to plan, I need to make sure that I’m competitive. To have the right people, the right teams and the right preparation. Whichever adventure is next, I will not do it if I’m not competitive or I don’t have a shot at winning.
“So I need to be very calm and clever with the decisions with the future. The aim is to do something unprecedented in motorsport.”
Alonso says what counts as ‘unprecedented’ now may differ from the past, given the way motorsport has evolved since Graham Hill became the only driver to win the Triple Crown of Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix and Indy 500.
“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.
“To come there and try to be competitive or win it is something, I think in the modern era of motorsport, is quite difficult. I think in the past it was a little bit more open – motorsport in general – but now every series became very professional, and you need to take full dedication to each series and each driving style, things like that.
“Hopefully soon I can tell you some more of the plans. I already have an idea…”
Alonso still has the World Endurance Championship super season to complete with Toyota – which won this year’s Dakar Rally – and has shown an interest in a number of different disciplines, including swapping rides with NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson in Bahrain at the end of last year.