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  • Renger Van Der Zande, second from right, of the Netherlands, takes a photo with teammates from left, Jordan Taylor, Fernando Alonso, of Spain, Van Der Zande, and Kamui Kobayashi, of Japan after winning the IMSA 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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  • The #85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPi of Misha Gokhberg, Tristan Vautier, Devlin DeFrancesco, and Rubens Barrichello plows through water during the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
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  • Christian Fittipaldi breacts as he discusses his last auto race during a news conference at the IMSA 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
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  • Winners of the GT LeMans class, from left, Conor De Phillippi, Phillip Eng, of Austria, Augusto Fertus of Brazil, and Colton Herts, celebrate with new watches after the race.
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  • Felipe Nasr, of Brazil, drives a Cadillac DPi through a turn in the rain during the final hours at Daytona. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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  • Drivers from the Konica Minolta Cadillac team, from left, Kamui Kobayashi, of Japan, Fernando Alonso, of Spain, Renger Van Der Zande, of the Netherlands, and Jordan Taylor celebrate after winning the IMSA 24-hour race. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
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  • A crew member walks down pit road past the cars sitting idle after the race was red-flagged because of rain. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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  • Jess Krohn, second from right, makes room to allow Alex Zanardi, center, to get to the driver seat during a driver change. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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  • Alex Zanardi studies a data monitor in his pit stall. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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  • Juan Pablo Montoya, front, drives his Acura DPi through a turn ahead of Ricky Taylor, also in an Acura DPi during early laps. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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  • Oliver Jarvis drives the Acura DPi towards a turn. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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  • Stephen Simpson, of South Africa, drives his Cadillac DPi in early laps. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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  • Katherine Legge, of Great Britain, stands by her Acura NSX GT3 before the start. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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  • Jonathan Bennett drives the Nissan DPi during early laps. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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  • Fernando Alonso drives his Cadillac DPi during the evening hours of the IMSA 24-hour race. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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  • The #47 Precision Performance Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Steve Dunn, Linus Lundqvist, Milos Pavlovic, and Don Yount spins out in the wet conditions. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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  • Cars race in the rain during the Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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  • The #7 Acura Team Penske Acura DPi of Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor, and Alexander Rossi, the #6 Acura Team Penske Acura DPi of Juan Pablo Montoya, Dane Cameron, and Simon Pagenaud, and the #31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi of Felipe Nasar, Pipo Derani, and Eric Curran race through a turn during the Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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  • A pack of cars race through a turn during the Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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  • The #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. Cadillac DPi of Renger Van Der Zande, Jordan Taylor, Fernando Alonso, and Kamui Kobayashi takes the green flag on a restart during the Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso won the rain-shortened 24 Hours of Daytona, overhauling Felipe Nasr two laps from the eventual finish on Sunday.

The Spaniard became only the third Formula One champion to win the race, joining Phil Hill (1964) and Mario Andretti (1972).

"It's amazing," Alonso told NBCSN. "Just an amazing experience with this team, from the test and now the race –- a perfect execution of the race.

"Very different conditions and we've been competitive in everything –- dry, wet, night and day. Really happy for the team and all the guys."

Alonso, who retired from Formula One racing after the 2018 season, said the victory would rank very high among all his accomplishments.

"To win this kind of endurance racing at iconic places like Daytona means a lot," he said. "With zero experience and background in endurance before (last year) it's quite a big thing."

Already the winner of last year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 37-year-old Alonso will attempt to complete the Triple Crown of motorsports by capturing the Indy 500 in May.

Driving the Wayne Taylor Cadillac DPI, Alonso took command of the race for keeps when Brazilian Nasr failed to navigate turn one and drove into deep water, losing a 1.5-second advantage. By the time Nasr had things under control, Alonso was 12 seconds ahead.

Kamui Kobayashi, Jordan Taylor and Renger vanDer Zande teamed up with Alonso for the victory in his second try in the 24-hour race which was twice red-flagged because of rain and water on the track and was halted 10 minutes early.

"With all the rain, I've never seen a race like this," Team Penske boss Roger Penske told NBCSN.

Alexander Rossi was the only other driver to finish in the lead lap. He took third.

Italian Alex Zanardi's return to endurance racing 17 years after he lost both legs in a horrific race wreck got off to a bad start 90 minutes into the race,

At the beginning of his first stint driving, Zanardi encountered a problem with his steering wheel.

The 52-year-old was using a special wheel with hand controls for the car, and the connecting pins were damaged when he attempted to connect it as the car was dropped from the jack.

His No. 24 BMW Team RLL team finished 32nd overall and ninth in class.

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