After starting from the 18th position, Alexander Rossi advanced 13 spots in the No. 98 car to cross the finish line in fifth at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
Struggling through the weekend to find the pace Andretti Autosport teammates were showing through practice and qualifying 18th, Rossi’s crew was hard at work to give him a car capable of a top-five finish – and they did just that.
In the morning warm up session, the No. 98 Honda clocked the third-fastest lap delivering the confidence the team needed to make up 13 positions. Rossi battled a long, hard 90-lap race through the scenic 17-turn permanent road course. After a few stellar pit stops, with no adjustments to his machine, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner crossed the finish line fifth, earning his third career top-five finish (Indy 2016 – first, Sonoma 2016 – fifth).
The team next heads west to Phoenix for Round 4 of Verizon IndyCar Series competition, the first oval of the 2017 schedule.
Start / Finish: 18 / 5
Points Earned: 30
Points Standing / Total: 10 / 60
Next Race: Phoenix International Raceway, Saturday, April 29
How to Watch or Listen: 9 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network or INDYCAR Radio on Sirius 212/XM 209
Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the NTT IndyCar Series, including the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNation Honda piloted by Alexander Rossi. The global racing enterprise boasts over 200 total race wins, four IndyCar Series championships, four Indy Lights championships, one Indy Pro 2000 and one USF2000 championship. The team has also captured victory five times at the famed Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, including the 100th Running with Alexander Rossi in 2016.