Fernando Alonso became only the third F1 World Champion to win the Daytona event this past weekend, becoming the only World Champ to win the 24-hour version of the race, teaming up with Jordan Taylor, Kamui Kobayashi and Renger van der Zande in the Wayne Taylor Racing No. 10 Konica Minolta DPi Cadillac.
Next up in May is the Indy 500, the final leg of motorsports' version of the Triple Crown, two of which Alonso has already on - LeMans 24Hr and the Monaco Grand Prix. Three wins across three racing disciplines is the ultimate prize, which in reality is more a symbol of achievement.
plan was put in motion two years ago when the two-time F1 champion persuaded his McLaren team to let him skip the Monaco Grand Prix and instead race the Indianapolis 500. Alonso had twice won in Monte Carlo - perhaps the toughest leg of the Triple Crown - and now he wanted to kiss the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He had never driven an Indy car before and had never raced on an oval, yet he was in contention to win his inaugural Indy 500 until a late engine failure.
His sights next turned to 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a sports car racing debut in last year's Rolex 24 as the warmup. Alonso announced he would race at Le Mans the morning after he finished his first Rolex, and six months later he won in France to move closer to the Triple Crown.