Fernando Alonso will contest the entire World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2018, alongside his Formula 1 campaign with McLaren, after a WEC round was moved to avoid the series' calendars clashing.
Alonso had been due to compete in all rounds of the WEC – including making his debut at Le Mans – except for the Japanese round at Fuji, which was on the same weekend as the US grand prix.
However, such is the crowd attraction of the 36-year-old Spaniard that this race has been brought forward from 21 October to 14 October.
The schedule change was requested by the Fuji race circuit, although this is owned by Toyota, whose Gazoo Racing team Alonso will be driving for.
It's believed this is the first time that an FIA world championship event has been rescheduled solely to ensure one driver can take part.
Alonso described the decision as "awesome news"; it will now allow him to fully challenge for the WEC title.