Alexander Rossi and the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNation Honda won the Gallagher Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Road Course, making him the fourth driver in history to win on both the oval and road course.
Rossi started the weekend with a near miss at another NTT INDYCAR SERIES pole position, earning second in his qualifying effort. From the drop of the green flag, the race was his to win. The Andretti Autosport pit crew kept Rossi in contention for the win throughout the race by performing near-perfect pit stops. On Lap 48, the leader experienced mechanical issues giving Rossi the lead. From that moment on, Rossi was untouchable and far ahead of the field as he turned lap after lap until reaching the checkered flag.
“Relief is the main word. We’ve had some race wins we’ve thrown away and some where we just didn’t have the pace for whatever reason. We knew things were trending in a good direction this year. The one constant has been the mental strength of the whole team. It’s not just me. They go in every day and work their butts off and when they don’t get results, it’s hard for them as well. As a unit that’s one of our strengths is to just continue forward. It’s a big team win. A big thank you to Andretti Autosport.”
Next, Rossi and Andretti Autosport take on the streets of Nashville for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. This will be the second race the NTT INDYCAR SERIES has hosted in Nashville, and Andretti Autosport will be looking to continue its success on street courses. The race is broadcast live on NBC with additional coverage on NBC’s Peacock, INDYCAR Radio and SIRIUS XM Radio.
Start / Finish: 2 / 1
Points Earned: 53
Points Standing / Total: 8th / 318 pts.
Next Race: Sunday, Aug. 7, Music City Grand Prix, Streets of Nashville
How to Watch or Listen: NBC, Sirius XM and INDYCAR RADIO
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.