Alexander Rossi proved that there may be something to home-field advantage. The California native considers Long Beach one of his home tracks, and he has persistently dominated in the past with back-to-back wins in 2018 and 2019.
Rossi was near the top of the time charts in each session leading up to the race. He advanced to the Firestone Fast Six for the first time this season. Rossi qualified fifth after the session ended early due to a red flag. On race day he never fell outside of the top 10. However, a miscommunication in the pitlane which slowed one of his pitstops kept him outside of the fight for first. Rossi finished the race eighth, his best finish of the 2022 season.
“Silver lining of the day is that we finished, and we finished in a position that has one digit instead of two,” Rossi said. “The car was good all weekend, but we struggled a little bit with the tires in the first stint, but the team did a great job with strategy. The pace on the Firestone Reds were good as well but we, unfortunately, lost some time in pit lane which makes for track position in INDYCAR these days.”
Andretti Autosport and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES head to Birmingham, Alabama, for Round 4 of the 2022 season. Barber Motorsport Park plays host to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the first closed-circuit race of the year. The race goes green on NBC and Peacock on May 1 p.m. ET.
Start / Finish: 5 / 8
Points Earned: 18
Points Standing / Total: 18th / 40 pts.
Next Race: May 1, Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
How to Watch or Listen: NBC, PeacockTV and INDYCAR RADIO Sirius 205
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.