November 27, 2018 / 8:13 PM / 21 days ago

Motor racing-Alonso returning to Daytona next year

Nov 27 (Reuters) - Twice Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will return to Daytona in January for another tilt at the Rolex 24 Hours endurance race, Wayne Taylor Racing said on Tuesday.

Alonso competed last year with United Autosports, a team owned by McLaren boss Zak Brown, before going on to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Toyota.

He said farewell to Formula One at Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“Returning to the United States is always special. The atmosphere created by the fans is unique throughout an incredible weekend,” said the Spaniard.

“I really hope to fight for the win, as well as having fun...”

Toyota world endurance driver Kamui Kobayashi will join the 37-year-old, who is scheduled to race the Indianapolis 500 in May, at the Jan. 26-27 race along with Wayne Taylor regulars Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Ken Ferris)

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