Fernando Alonso believes that McLaren Formula 1 boss Zak Brown is doing "great things for the sport" by allowing him to race in other events such as the Indianapolis 500 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Alonso will make his sports car racing debut later this month at Daytona ahead of a possible entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, and enjoyed his first taste of IndyCar last year when he entered the Indy 500.

The Spaniard is aiming to become the second driver in history to win the 'triple crown of motorsport', and is leading active F1 driver with interests outside of the series.

Alonso hailed the influence of Brown in being allowed to enter such events, and said he feels it is having a positive impact on F1 as well by promoting it in other series and markets, recognising the value in wider motorsport.

"He’s a very unique boss. He has this wider vision of motorsport, he’s a commercial genius," Alonso said.

"He helped McLaren a lot in the last two years, and now he’s not helping McLaren, I think he’s helping motorsport in general.

"So I completely share his vision. He’s not only my boss, he’s my friend as well.

"I think he’s doing great things for the sport."

Alonso doubts other F1 drivers will follow his lead by racing in other series, believing his escapades are only possible because of how both Brown and the McLaren team view wider motorsport.

"I can do it because with Zak Brown and McLaren, they have maybe a different vision, a little bit more wide vision of motorsport, and I share that vision as well," Alonso explained.

"We are expanding a little bit the McLaren brand as well in motorsport, and we try to do it together.

"I think for other drivers in Formula 1, it will be difficult to get that vision."

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Maybe Mr Alonso should check the museum at Woking..  he may see a CanAm car or two and possibly the car that ran at the Indy 500. Mr Brown is merely following in the footsteps of the man who started McClaren plus others.....

aw aw aw those two sturgess again. Helping F1 ??? such big jokes unless they sucking each other inside toilet again.

He won in Formula 1, Indycar, international endurance racing and NASCAR – a feat matched only by Mario Andretti and Juan Pablo Montoya.

He won in Can-Am, Trans-Am and the British Saloon Car Championship, too.

He scored maiden World Championship Grand Prix victories for Porsche (1962) and Brabham (1964), both at Rouen.

And on consecutive June weekends in 1967 he sprayed the champagne at Le Mans for Ford and, at Spa, became the second F1 constructor/driver – and only American in an American car – to win a GP.

Yet his 51 victories (including class successes) and 42 poles from 312 starts merely scratch at a very polished surface.

Gurney was the driver whom Jim Clark feared most.

RIP Dan Gurney!

 

 

 

What Mr Alonso is doing with the assistance of Zak Brown is nothing new..

 

"Fernando Alonso believes that mclaren's "new" formula 1 boss Zakk Brown is doing "Great" things for the sports". 

There is no doubt on which side of the fance of F1 Zakk Brown stands and that he is doing all he could to help Americanize F1 into an INDYCAR/NASCAR SERIES.