At this point in the history of motorsport, the general consensus is that we all want to see the recent retiree of Formula One (for now) Fernando Alonso competes with all types of cars possible. However, he will soon return to a familiar series: Wayne Taylor Racing announced Alonso and his World Endurance Championship driver, Kamui Kobayashi, as part of his IMSA Rolex 24 dream team on Tuesday.
The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona begins the racing season for the most bizarrely capitalized series in the world, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and teams enter multiple drivers by car to take turns during the course of the day (and night). As of this week, the best international category of Daytona Prototypes has a ridiculously good lineup of drivers in the Rolex 24 mix: Alonso and Kobayashi, former F1 drivers who now stand for Toyota Gazoo Racing in WEC, along with the usual of IMSA Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande.
Among them, Taylor and van der Zande have 24 wins in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship class in five years, according to Racing Reference. Alonso won his first 24 hours of Le Mans this year, and Kobayashi's group finished in second place. Basically, this is going to be good.
It will be especially good for Alonso to try again, since he did not have many opportunities in the race in his debut earlier this year. His car finished 13th in class and 38th in general with mechanical problems, which haunt him worse than any vengeful ghost a horror movie writer could dream of.
Star Rolex 24 driver lineups like this one are common because it's the most important race of the year series, and somehow there are enough popular race drivers willing to compete in a race for so long. The legendary NASCAR player, Jeff Gordon, even raced alongside Jordan Taylor on Wayne Taylor's team last year, winning the best DPI class to get Cadillac's first victory in the race.
With these four in line this year, just give them the watches, as long as Alonso's mechanical ghosts are at rest during the weekend, of course.