|Photographer: Jamie Sheldrick|Session: practice 2|Event: Honda Indy Toronto|Circuit: Streets of Toronto|Location: Toronto, Ontario|Series: NTT IndyCar Series|Season: 2019|Country: Canada|Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18|Number: 27|Team: Andretti Autosport|Driver: Alexander Rossi|

Solid Points Day for Rossi in Toronto

Alexander Rossi drove his No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda to a third-place finish at the Honda Indy Toronto.

 

| Driver: Alexander Rossi| Team: Andretti Autosport| Number: 27| Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18| Keyword: Honda|Keyword: NAPA Auto Parts|Keyword: GESS International|Keyword: GESS RNG Biogas|Keyword: Capstone Turbine Corporation|| Photographer: Andy Clary| Event: Honda Indy Toronto| Circuit: Streets of Toronto| Location: Toronto, Ontario| Series: NTT IndyCar Series| Season: 2019| Country: Canada| Keyword: motor racing| Keyword: motorsport|Keyword: open wheel|Keyword: single seater|Keyword: road course|Keyword: street track|Keyword: street race|Keyword: street course|Keyword: ON|| Session: P2|Keyword: practice|Keyword: practice 2|Keyword: FP2|

 

With Rossi starting the Honda Indy Toronto from the fourth position, the NAPA Racing driver knew he had to have a flawless race in order to collect a podium finish. On the first turn of Lap 1, Rossi overtook the third-place starter, Ed Jones. At the tail end of the first lap, a six-car incident brought out the first caution of the day.

 

| Driver: Alexander Rossi| Team: Andretti Autosport| Number: 27| Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18| Keyword: Honda|Keyword: NAPA Auto Parts|Keyword: GESS International|Keyword: GESS RNG Biogas|Keyword: Capstone Turbine Corporation|| Photographer: Andy Clary| Event: Honda Indy Toronto| Circuit: Streets of Toronto| Location: Toronto, Ontario| Series: NTT IndyCar Series| Season: 2019| Country: Canada| Keyword: motor racing| Keyword: motorsport|Keyword: open wheel|Keyword: single seater|Keyword: road course|Keyword: street track|Keyword: street race|Keyword: street course|Keyword: ON|| Session: Final Warmup|

 

The remainder of the race remained consistent and clean for Rossi and the NAPA AutoCare crew. Two quick pit stops later, the team gave Rossi a fuel target to hit in order to hold position through the end of the race.

 

| Driver: Alexander Rossi| Team: Andretti Autosport| Number: 27| Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18| Keyword: Honda|Keyword: NAPA Auto Parts|Keyword: GESS International|Keyword: GESS RNG Biogas|Keyword: Capstone Turbine Corporation|| Photographer: Andy Clary| Event: Honda Indy Toronto| Circuit: Streets of Toronto| Location: Toronto, Ontario| Series: NTT IndyCar Series| Season: 2019| Country: Canada| Keyword: motor racing| Keyword: motorsport|Keyword: open wheel|Keyword: single seater|Keyword: road course|Keyword: street track|Keyword: street race|Keyword: street course|Keyword: ON|| Session: Race|

 

With only one lap remaining, Will Power made contact with the tire barriers bringing out the second and final caution of the race and ending the 85-lap event under yellow conditions. Rossi returned to pit lane with a third-place finish and only four points away from the championship lead.

 

| Driver: Alexander Rossi| Team: Andretti Autosport| Number: 27| Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18| Keyword: Honda|Keyword: NAPA Auto Parts|Keyword: GESS International|Keyword: GESS RNG Biogas|Keyword: Capstone Turbine Corporation|| Driver: Scott Dixon| Team: Chip Ganassi Racing| Number: 9| Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18| Keyword: Honda|Keyword: PNC Bank|| Driver: Simon Pagenaud| Team: Team Penske| Number: 22| Car: Dallara DW12 UAK18| Keyword: Chevrolet|Keyword: DXC Technology|| Photographer: Andy Clary| Event: Honda Indy Toronto| Circuit: Streets of Toronto| Location: Toronto, Ontario| Series: NTT IndyCar Series| Season: 2019| Country: Canada| Keyword: motor racing| Keyword: motorsport|Keyword: open wheel|Keyword: single seater|Keyword: road course|Keyword: street track|Keyword: street race|Keyword: street course|Keyword: ON|| Session: Race|

 

“I think that we knew going into today that we didn’t have a race winning car,” said Rossi, “and it would take a little bit of luck to get that. The two in front of us drove a great race so to be able to finish in front of Josef [Newgarden] and get a trophy is a good day. Huge hats off to the 27 NAPA Andretti Honda boys – great pit stops, good strategy and we did what we needed to do today.”

 

Start / Finish: 4 / 3
Points Earned: 35
Points Standing / Total: 2nd / 430 pts.

 

Next Race: Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway, Saturday, June 20 at 7:10 p.m. ET
How to Watch or Listen: NBC Sports Network at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday; INDYCAR Radio Network Sirius 214//XM 209

 

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