2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach, CA USA Sunday 9 April 2017 Alexander Rossi World Copyright: Perry Nelson/LAT Images ref: Digital Image nelson_lb_0409_2578

A Strong Day for Alexander Rossi at Long Beach Ends Early

The No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda was consistently strong all weekend at the Grand Prix of Long Beach before a mechanical issue cut Alexander Rossi and the team’s day short.

Practice sessions on the IndyCar Series street course showed promising speeds for Indianapolis 500 winner Rossi. The NAPA AUTO PARTS team built a fast car for the weekend, finishing third overall on the combined time charts following three practice sessions. The 25-year-old American also showed pace when he competed in his first ever Firestone Fast Six during qualifying, scoring a career-best grid position of fifth.

 

2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach, CA USA Sunday 9 April 2017 Alexander Rossi World Copyright: Jake Galstad/LAT Images

 

The sun was shining bright over the field as the green flag waved for the 85-lap Grand Prix of Long Beach. Rossi fought his way up the field running consistently in the top three for most of the race. Running in the second position and on his way to the team’s first podium finish of 2017, the No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda experienced a engine failure, forcing Rossi to retire from the race 23 laps early.

 

 

“I thought we had a really good shot at winning,” said Rossi. “The pace of the car was really good all day and we were able to recover from a little bit of a tricky pit stop sequence on the first stop, so it’s unfortunate because the NAPA AUTO PARTS car was awesome… we’ll just have to fight back at Barber. Honda has done an amazing job so it’s unfortunate, but congrats to Honda on another win.”

 

2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach, CA USA Sunday 9 April 2017 Alexander Rossi World Copyright: Perry Nelson/LAT Images

 

Start / Finish: 5 / 19
Points Earned: 11
Points Standing / Total: 19 / 30

 

Next Race:  Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, Sunday, April 23
How to Watch or Listen: 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN or IndyCar Radio Sirius 212/XM 209

 

2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach, CA USA Sunday 9 April 2017 Alexander Rossi World Copyright: Perry Nelson/LAT Images ref: Digital Image nelson_lb_0409_2773

 

NAPA: @NAPARacing
Alexander Rossi: @AlexanderRossi
Andretti Autosport: @FollowAndretti

about author

Andretti Autosport

related articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *