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While McLaren is expected to extend Fernando Alonso’s contract by another year at the very least, it is being rumoured that one of the demands placed forward by the Spaniard is for him to be allowed to contest the famous Daytona 24 hour endurance sports car race in 2018.

This is speculated to be the major talking point as far as any deal between the two parties is struck.

Alonso skipped Monaco to contest the Indy 500 this year, but he has expressed interest in trying his hand at Le Mans in 2018.

Referring to Monaco, Indy and Le Mans, Alonso has been vocal about his dream of securing the motor racing ‘triple crown’.

“The priority is Formula One,” he said, “with triple crown in the background. But there are many possibilities to do a fantastic 2018.”

France’s Auto Hebdo reported that Alonso, 36, may be allowed to try to win the Daytona 24 hour race early next year.

“The race has a great history and it is held in January, when the F1 season has not begun,” a report in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo read.

It is worth noting that a team owned by McLaren executive Zak Brown, United Autosports, races at Daytona.

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