Crossover races like the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend give American race fans a peek at drivers they don’t normally watch and give drivers from foreign racing series a taste of the Super Speedway experience. Some really like it.
“The speedway is amazing, the size of everything is just huge,” F1 driver Fernando Alonso said in early January during testing at Daytona. “I imagine this grandstand full of people for the NASCAR race could be an amazing thing to experience.”
But that seems to be as far as Alonso wants to take it, according to motorsport.com. During a media tour in Charlotte this week ahead of the 24, Alonso admitted he would like to test in NASCAR, but is looking for nothing more.
“It’s something it would be nice to test a NASCAR, to get the feel, and while you’re driving you will know if you will enjoy racing there or not,” Alonso said. “From the outside, I enjoy watching the races, but from the inside, it’s a very different thing.”
Alonso has had a lot of success in Formula 1, winning 32 races and taking 2 championships in his 17-year career. To his thinking, a jump to NASCAR driving would require a learning curve for which he hasn’t the time.
“The traffic management, the strategy you need to get, the draft, and the push, from one line to another – that kind of strategy is the biggest thing that I miss [from my skillset] if I race in NASCAR,’ Alonso said. “I will need a lot of experience, a lot of years, probably that I don’t have any more in my career right now.”