INDIANAPOLIS – Despite starting 32nd, Vegas had Alexander Rossi as the favorite to win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. No one has started this race past 28th and crossed the yard of bricks first, and even with that happened, it was all the way back in 1911.
But, Vegas must have knew more than anyone else. Rossi, charged from his last row starting spot to finish fourth in Sunday’s near record setting heat at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Andretti Autosport driver was making daring moves all day and charged hard in his No. 27 Honda.
At times, Rossi was seen on restarts making bold passes on the outside in Turns 1 and 2 on the famed 2.5-mile track, as in two restart sequences, he picked up over six positions by time the cars moved onto the 5/8-mile backstretch.
Now, Rossi heads to the doubleheader in Detroit just two points out of the Verizon IndyCar Series points lead. He said that Sunday was a very good points day for him and that he think that the Indy 500 should remain as double points from here on out.
Also, Rossi finished inside the top six in every race with the exception of two since last July. Furthermore, he has five top five finishes this season and finished third and first respectively on the two street course races in 2018. The next two races are on a street course next weekend.
This could be shaping up for Rossi to win this year’s championship.
He has also finished first, seventh and fourth in three career Indy 500 starts.