Reigning Indy 500 champion, Alexander Rossi, proved to be a strong contender throughout the entire month of May. The No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda was fast all month which resulted in successful practice days and allowed Rossi to find himself qualifying P3, in the front row for the 500-mile race.
Starting at the front of the grid, Alexander Rossi led 23 laps and consistently ran in the top-three through the first 150 laps of the race before extended pit stop toward the end of the race bumped him out of the top ten. Rossi, with the pedal to the metal, fought his way back up into the top 10 and finishing seventh.
“Congratulations to Takuma. Pretty upsetting that two years in a row not being able to put fuel in the car. It worked for us last year but you can’t rely on that every single year, right? So it’s tough to swallow because the car was without a doubt good enough to win. We didn’t have the downforce to be that far back in the pack nor the gearing so we should’ve never been that far back in the first place.”
Next, the Verizon IndyCar Series heads to Belle Isle in Detroit for a doubleheader on the streets of the famous island.
Start / Finish: 3/7
Points Earned: 52
Points / Standing: 5/190
Next Race: Detroit Grand Prix, Double Header June 3-4
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Andretti Autosport, led by racing legend Michael Andretti, boasts a wide racing portfolio rooted in tradition and designed for success.
Under the banners of Andretti Autosport and Avalanche Andretti Formula E, the Indianapolis-based team fields multiple entries across the INDYCAR SERIES, Indy Lights, the FIA Formula E World Championship and the IMSA Prototype Challenge LMP3 division. The team also competes as Walkinshaw Andretti United in the Australian Supercars category through partnership with Walkinshaw Racing and United Autosports additionally the team fields an entry in the Extreme E championship via Andretti United Extreme E.
The global racing enterprise boasts four INDYCAR SERIES championships, five Indy Light titles, one Pro Mazda championship, a Silver Class GT4 Championship and has captured victory five times at the famed Indianapolis 500. The team also holds two X Games Gold Medals and five U.S. rallycross championships.