Weather and Strategy Costs Rossi A Top 5 Finish On Monday At Barber

LEEDS, Ala – While Alexander Rossi certainly didn’t have a car to win Monday’s rain delayed Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, he did have a car good enough for a podium finish at the Barber Motorsports Park. At the very least, he should have logged another top five finish instead. But, Rossi was on the wrong end of a strategy call, which caused him to finish 11th in the water logged event. That’s his worst finish since the 2017 season finale at Sonoma and just his second finish outside of…

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Can Rossi Stay Hot This Weekend in Barber?

It’s pretty clear, Alexander Rossi is the championship favorite for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The Andretti Autosport driver has finished on the podium in all three races to start the year off, including leading 71 of the 85 laps last Sunday in Long Beach. Furthermore, he has a top six finish in every race with the exception of one since last July. Now, we head to his bread and butter tracks. That’s scary for the rest of the field.

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Alexander Rossi, Kyle Busch Driving Like Best Drivers In The World Right Now

INDIANAPOLIS – With so much parity in motorsports these days, with what both Alexander Rossi and Kyle Busch are doing in their respective series’ can’t go unnoticed. Both Rossi and Busch are on top of their games right now and doing things that are rare in this day and age. Lets start with Rossi. He has three career Verizon IndyCar Series victories, one in each season he’s been at the helm. But, look at where he’s won them at. The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 was won by Rossi in…

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Rossi Dominates Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – Alexander Rossi told me a few weeks ago that he was going to Long Beach to take back what was his. See, last year, the California native said that he should have won. Instead, he engine blew late in the race. This year, after having two straight podiums to start the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season off with, and only one finish outside the top six since last July, he felt that this weekend would be redemption for how 2017’s race went. Boy was he right. 

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Alexadner Rossi Wins The Pole For Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

LONG BEACH, Calif – NAPA just needs to be on Alexander Rossi’s car for every Verizon IndyCar Series race. They first sponsored him for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. He’d win the prestigious race. Then, last year on another historic track at Watkins Glen, Rossi was sponsored by NAPA and not only won his first career pole, he won the race as well. Then, this weekend in Long Beach, he’s been strong. Oh yeah, NAPA is his sponsor too.

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Andretti Autosport Duo Of Rossi, Hunter-Reay Backing Up Vendetta at Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – Heading into this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) both Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay had a vendetta against the track. Nothing against the track itself, as both drivers call the street course layout in Southern California one of their favorite stops on the schedule, but this year is all about taking back what they felt was theirs in 2017. See, last year, both Hunter-Reay and Rossi had shots to win the 2017 edition of the prestigious race. Instead, both saw…

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Honda’s, Past Winners Fastest In INDYCAR Practice on Friday in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – The Verizon IndyCar Series is back in action this weekend for the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). In preparation for Sunday 85 Lap race, the drivers and team had two practice sessions around the 1.968-mile Southern California street course on Friday to get up to speed. The story of the day, Honda’s speed. Honda’s have by far been the most dominant manufacturer out of the gates this season. They’ve won both poles and led 67-percent of the overall laps so…

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Rossi Heads To Long Beach With a Point To Prove

LONG BEACH, Calif – The Verizon IndyCar Series will remain on the west coast this week as following Saturday night’s race at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix, they’ll run the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) on Sunday. For one driver though, he’s out to make a statement this weekend. Alexander Rossi feels like a win was taken from his a year ago on the 1.968-mile California street circuit. For majority of last year’s race, Rossi and his Andretti Autosport teammates were vying for the win.…

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Bad Luck Strikes Bourdais/Power/Pagenaud On Saturday Night in Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ – The top four cars this weekend at the ISM Raceway were Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi. Unfortunately, while running 1-2-3-4 early on in the race, they all had problems shortly thereafter. On the first pit sequence, they entered pit road in that order. But, Bourdais and Rossi slid through their pit boxes and into crewmen. Pagenaud, had a slow stop. They’d exit 12th (Pagenaud), 13th (Bourdais) and 19th (Rossi). 

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5 Favorites For Saturday Night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

AVONDALE, AZ – Finding five true drivers as favorites for an Verizon IndyCar Series race is tough enough. But, to do so in a new year with a new car with so much disparity, well good luck. After four separate test sessions at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix back in February, to go along with a full days of work on the 1.022-mile track on Friday, here are my five favorites for Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). 

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