There's one very significant difference between Fernando Alonso's latest jaunt off the Formula 1 piste in this month's Daytona 24 Hours and his famous assault on last year's Indianapolis 500. Beyond, of course, Daytona featuring right turns as well as left.
Neither Alonso, nor anyone following the pre-Daytona 24 Hours test, dubbed 'The Roar Before the Rolex 24', that took place last weekend expects the Ligier-Nissan JSP217 he's driving to be as pacey a proposition as his Andretti Autosport-run IndyCar relative to the opposition. After all, the Andretti team was the quickest around Indy last May.
But regardless of whether the United Autosports Ligier he shares with McLaren protege Lando Norris and Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 champion Phil Hanson can emerge as a serious threat for victory on pace, or must rely on trying to 'stealth' its way to the front, Alonso's contribution will be one of the big stories of the race.