The Spanish driver Fernando Alonso left for the second time at the wheel of the Cadillac No.10 when the 467 laps of the 24 Hours of Daytona were completed, and in 482 he was again the leader after stopping the race by the appearance of the yellow flag .
Until then, the provisional leader was the Brazilian runner Felipe Nasr with the Cadillac DPi No.31, of the Whelen Engineering Racing team.
Alonso, who in the first “stint” was the one who gave the provisional leadership to his Wayne Taylor Racing team, after coming from the eighth position to the first, this time he had to start from third place when his partner left the wheel Jordan Taylor, who completed a great race before losing the lead on lap 453.
The departure of Alonso has also been accompanied by the presence of rain that could remain the rest of the race and already generated the first problem to have bet the team to keep the tires dry and then have to return immediately to the pits to put those wet.
The great beneficiary was Nasr, the current IMSA champion, who extended the advantage in relation to Alonso, and the two Acura DPi cars of Team Penske teams with No.7 and 6, one lap.
However, the appearance of the yellow flag caused the race to regroup when Alonso had already overtaken Dane Cameron (Acura DPi No. 6) and then Rick Taylor (Acura DPi No.7).
As expected, Alonso took full advantage of the regrouping and went on the lead track after the Cadillac No.31 needed more time to change the driver.
Nasr left and the American Eric Curran left, and they also had to make small repairs to the car.
Alonso, with the same strategy of his first “stint”, aggressive in the handling of the steering wheel, began to establish distance with his rivals. At the completion of lap 493, he was 21 seconds behind American Dane Cameron, who drives the Acura DPi No.6 of the Team Penske team and is second.
icky Taylor, with the Acura DPi No.7, is third (at 31 seconds) and Curran fourth (one lap) with eight hours and 45 minutes left before the race ends.