The No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda piloted by Alexander Rossi earned his second top-10 finish of the season at Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix.
After making an appearance in Round 2 of qualifying, Rossi barely missed the Firestone Fast Six landing a ninth-place starting position. When the green flag waved in the Indiana air, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner wasted no time gaining positions. Jumping three-spots on the first lap, Rossi ran in the sixth position for most of the first-stint.
Although Rossi suffered with downforce issues, he made impressive passes through his climb up the charts. When the checkered flag was waved, the California-native crossed the finish line eighth, earning his second top-10 finish of his sophomore season.
“We had a really good start,” said Rossi, “but we chose the wrong downforce level – that was pretty big penalty for us until we got it balanced out on the last stint. But by that point it was too late to run up the charts. It’s great for the team though that Ryan (Hunter-Ready) is on the podium and that the NAPA team was able to score another top 10. Now we shift our focus to defending our title at the (Indianapolis) 500.”
No packing up is required for the NAPA AUTO PARTS team as they transition the No. 98 car from road course setup to the oval configuration, preparing to go two-in-a-row at the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. Rossi will take to the 2.5-mile oval Monday afternoon to take Opening Day into full swing.
Start / Finish: 9/8
Points Earned: 24
Points Standing / Total: 9th / 99 pts.
Next Race: Indianapolis 500 – Sunday, May 28 at 12 p.m. ET
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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.