MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 09: McLaren Executive Director Zak Brown in the garage during practice for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 9, 2017 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Even with superstar talent, a team exec expects to lose at Daytona


United Autosports chairman and McLaren F1 executive director Zak Brown has tempered his expectations heading into the Rolex 24.

His team has very talented drivers, including two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris and Bruno Senna, but Brown doesn't expect a win from his team at the Daytona event.

"I don't expect to leave with any watches," Brown said according to The Drive.


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There obviously isn't a lack of talent with Alonso onboard, but Brown said he didn't think his cars had the speed like the competition to compete at Daytona International Speedway.

Brown said the field is stacked with contenders who are capable of winning the race, and he is hoping for a top 5 or even top 10 finish for his team.

Despite not having the cars built to win the race, Brown plans to continue competing in the event in the future. It wouldn't be surprising to see Brown field cars in other sports car races over the next few years.


Despite Brown's modesty, don't be shocked if his team competes at a higher level than he is anticipating. Fernando Alonso is a threat to win anytime he's behind the wheel, though he also admitted he's having a difficult transition to racing at Daytona.