Michelin and its teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endured and thrived during a challenging, treacherous yet dynamic 57th Rolex 24 At Daytona. The race was Michelin’s first as the new Official Tire of IMSA starting in 2019. The race’s ever-evolving weather pattern allowed Michelin to showcase its strength of both depth and resources.
Alonso’s Michelin 24-Hour Double
Alonso now holds the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Rolex 24 titles simultaneously, both racing with Michelin tires.
“The conditions made it ‘survive the moment,’” Alonso said. “It was not about the pace. It was about keeping the car on track and being safe. And I think the (Michelin) tires were amazing all the way through.
“In the dry, I think we did lap times that had never been done here before in Daytona, making lap records with the Mazda in qualifying, etc. So I think the tires were put under stress, but they behaved quite well.
“Also in wet conditions, extreme conditions, we were able to run a lot of laps under the green flag. It’s a big change compared to last year. I think with Michelin, we were all very happy.”