The two-time Formula One champion was instrumental in winning the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac entry, which he teamed with Renger van der Zande, Jordan Taylor and Kamui Kobayashi in the wet conditions of the second race.
In the early hours of the morning, he had taken a 55-second lead over the opponent when the first time he ran a red flag, and had just retaken Felipe Nasr's Action Express Cadillac lead when the action took place The second time he left the clock with less than two hours on the clock when Nasr scored a big lead in turn 1.
After the race, Alonso said the deteriorating conditions ahead of the second gridlock had been so he demanded neutralizing the race before passing Nasr.
"When I came in second, I often called over the radio that a safety car was needed," Alonso said. "The last five or seven laps of the race, in my opinion, were not right for everyone on the track.
" The visibility was almost zero, we could not flatten the straight, the car was moving, the TC [traction control] came in sixth gear at 200 mph, there were parts of different cars in different parts of the track because people had lost bodies here and there.
"I called the team immediately after a safety car because I could not see anything. Felipe went a little far in turn 1
"I think the conditions were also okay to finish the race seven laps before the race, and at that moment we were second."
Alonso's Third Stint Explained
Alonso and Taylor did most of the driving for the race, with both of them on the road for about seven hours, with Alonso returning for the third time for the crucial final stage at the wheel.
Taylor explained the decision to use Alonso back in the car was built between all four WTR drivers and was based on his knowledge of track conditions.
"We knew it would get wet in the end, and Fernando was the only one who had driven in the [other]," Taylor said. "It was about how to get it back with the four-hour time [rule] You can only drive four hours every six hours."
"It was just the crew and us [drivers] Talk about it to see who was the most comfortable and confident. Fernando was the one who drove into wet conditions and was very comfortable and confident. So we made that call six or seven hours before the end.
Alonso added, "My second mission was just when it started to rain. I knew the conditions under which the stagnant water was on course, but I could not drive to the end.
"At this point, another driver had to get in so I could rest for two hours, and Jordan has a lot. He knew the experience here in Daytona even under these conditions. Therefore, the team decided to have Jordan and me for the last time [part of the race].
# 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. Cadillac DPi, DPi: Renger Van Der Zande, Jordan Taylor, Fernando Alonso, Kamui Kobayashi
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