I’ll say this for Fernando Alonso. The champion Formula 1 driver is getting a full measure of exposure while racing here in the U.S. this weekend.
Alonso is taking part in the Rolex 24 this weekend at Daytona, something that’s been a goal of his for a long time. NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon tweeted a short sit-down he had with Alonso where he asked him about some of his other racing aspirations.
“Dakar?”, Gordon asks.
“Yes,” replies Alonso.
“Daytona 500?”Gordon asks next.
“(laughs) Not for a moment. I think it’s completely different,” was Alonso’s response.
During his time at Daytona, Alonso has been asked about as many different ways as someone can if he is entertaining a stint in NASCAR. While it does interest him, the two-time Formula 1 champion says he knows his limitations.
“I would like to test a car, but I think racing and the pushing and strategy, I think that requires a lot of experience and knowledge from a very young age maybe watching races…I don’t have that. I think testing is one thing, I think racing in NASCAR is a big deal.”
If NASCAR is out, Alonso isn’t dismissing trying a race again here in the U.S. He tells Gordon that there are a few other races on his bucket list he still wants to try, starting with the 24 hours of Le Mans.
“Yes, it’s a huge race, along with the one at Monaco, the Indy 500, Le Mans is that race everyone wants to race one day.”