Alonso becomes 3rd Formula 1 champ to win Rolex 24 at Daytona

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

Fernando Alonso added the epic USA endurance event to a list of career achievements that includes 32 F1 race wins and world titles in 2005 and 2006. And he's teamed up with Jordan Taylor, Renger Van Der Zande and Kamui Kobayashi in the No. 10 Konica Minolta DPi-V.R., always one of the top contenders.

Amidst alternating green- and yellow-flag conditions, the second red flag was brought out by heavy rain at 12:39 p.m.

"Just an unbelievable experience - flawless execution for the race", Alonso said, "We were competitive in everything - dry, wet, night, day".

The Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac team has secured victory at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona race, with Fernando Alonso the star man as he won this event at his second attempt.

"I've never seen a race like this", said octogenarian race team owner Roger Penske, whose Acura auto sat in third, with Indianapolis 500 winners Helio Castroneves and Alexander Rossi and Taylor's son Ricky behind the wheel.

The Spaniard, who won back-to-back world championships in 2005 and 2006, retired from Formula One in November. We're very happy, there's a great cohesion in the team, we've got some fantastic partners and we're just working more together.

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The No.10 was in P1 when the result was finally declared after 23 hours and 50 minutes.

"Very different conditions and we've been competitive in everything -- dry, wet, night and day".

Already the victor of last year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 37-year-old Alonso will attempt to complete the Triple Crown of motorsports by capturing the Indy 500 in May. Alonso made the winning pass two laps before the race was halted after expressing concern over treacherous conditions that even had the pace vehicle almost spinning out.

"Whenever you put a guy in a different auto on a different track, normally it takes four or five laps for them to get (comfortable)", said Rolex winning team owner Wayne Taylor. Fernando Alonso is the overall race leader. We're enjoying our racing... The race was called 10 minutes short of completion because heavy rain had created driving conditions too unsafe to continue. You saw a lot of guys taking a lot of risk early in the race, but we waited with the game plan of running our own race and not getting caught up in anyone else's battles.

Alonso has set himself the target of winning the motor racing "Triple Crown", which he will do if he wins the Indianapolis 500 in May.

The four-car chase lost one of its protagonists around the 20-hour mark when the #6 Acura of Simon Pagenaud dropped out of contention with a broken oil pump.

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