The two-time Formula 1 World Champion was immediately underway when he started his second stage in the Cadillac DPi-VR Wayne Taylor Racing, quickly approaching Dane Cameron in the Acura # 6 and jumping next to him at the bus stop Chicago
One lap later and with an almost identical style, he also put Ricky Taylor's Acura # 7 behind him.
The tenth full course of caution (to recover large pieces of debris from the surface of the track) that followed would immediately compress Alonso's deficit for the former leader, Felipe Nasr, at the Action Express Racing # 31 Cadillac. After the pit stops, Alonso was in the lead, ahead of Eric Curran who had replaced Nasr, and those pit stops also saw Cameron emerge ahead of his teammate Taylor, when the Acura # 7 acquired another new nose
On the next restart, both Acuras nudged Curran in fourth place, but could not match Alonso's sensational pace up front, he was pulling away at two or three seconds per lap, and Taylor could not keep up the rhythm of Cameron. Meanwhile, Curran would have a break, and his reduced pace thereafter saw him fall one lap behind Alonso.
In fact, the former F1 driver had accumulated a surprising 55-second lead for when another yellow field flew at 6 am when Tommy Milner placed his Corvette on the tire barrier at Turn 1.
Cameron and Taylor were going to step twice cautiously, while Curran stayed outside to return to the same round as Alonso, before surrendering to Pipo Derani.
Rubens Barrichello at # 85 JDC Miller Cadillac had a blackout when he hit the rain for the first time, which required a 15 minute trip behind the wall for repairs. That car, now eight laps down and with Tristan Vautier at the wheel, is still in sixth place, though three laps behind Colin Braun in the Nissan DPi run by CORE autosport.
The GT Le Mans shuffle continues, partly through mistakes, partly through the conditions, partly through strategy, but mainly through the clbad's surprising competitiveness. Alessandro Pier Guidi has the Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 ahead of Laurens Vanthoor in the # 912 Porsche 911 RSR.
Bourdais took second place in the GT Le Mans category in the # 66 Ford GT and pushed the Ferrari, then was driven by James Calado, for the lead, but heavy rain caused the Indy driver to skid off the track from 13h30m. Heavy front contact with tire wall.
However, caution with the debris and skillful work in the trap kept him in the leader's lap, and caution caused by Corvette allowed Bourdais co-pilot, Joey Hand, to climb to third place ahead of Frederic Makowiecki in the Porsche # 911.
No less remarkable has been the progress of # 67 Ford, Scott Dixon surviving a minor turn in the worst of conditions to return to the leader's lap and deliver the car to Ryan Briscoe in fifth place, just ahead of Connor De Phillippi in The # 25 BMW M8.
The derivation of Milner, which resulted in a DNF, culminates a terrible race for Corvette Racing, as the # 3 of Garcia extends seven laps down.
In GT Daytona, Felipe Fraga had already shown great speed in the wet in the Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT # 33, and Luca Stolz continued his good work, albeit with a brief slip in Turn 1.
Justin Marks was also impressive in the treacherous conditions, so he has now been able to deliver the Acura NSX Meyer Shank Racing # 86 to AJ Allmendinger in second place, with Nick Cbadidy third in the AUL Vbader Sullivan Lexus RC F in 14th place.
Inevitably, the Audi Motoplast Land is still in the mix, remaining fourth in the hands of Dries Vanthoor, just ahead of Marco Seefried in the Porsche 911 GT3 of the Black Swan Race. six positions
In LMP2, Ben Hanley leads teammate DragonSpeed Pastor Maldonado for three laps after a break from Maldonado's co-pilot, Roberto Gonzalez.
The field reached the two-thirds mark still under caution when officials try to clean up the excess stagnant water.