Rossi’s fourth career win was a team effort at Mid-Ohio

Well, that was fun! To say the absolute least. The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was the stage for one of the best races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, and the best Indy car race at Mid-Ohio that this lifelong fan can remember. Side-by-side racing, tons of passes, fast laps being set throughout the field, surprises in tire degradation, a slew of strategies across mileages, pit windows, and according to Robert Wickens, “a cheeky start”! That opinion aside, the caution-free 90-lap contest seemed to fly by, given that we were all captivated by the 24-car field’s maneuvers around this … Continue reading Rossi’s fourth career win was a team effort at Mid-Ohio

Rossi earns fourth career pole in single lap stunner at Mid-Ohio

Scott Dixon might be Mr. Mid-Ohio but Alexander Rossi is quickly making a name for himself as well. A career that kicked off with a win at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in his rookie year, followed by a sophomore year with five top 5 qualifying positions and just as many wins – the best of which was a pole-to-win weekend in Watkins Glen last year, leads us to this season and his continued growth in the series and as an open-wheel driver. Rossi has out-performed himself on qualifying efforts at 9 of the 13 races this year, … Continue reading Rossi earns fourth career pole in single lap stunner at Mid-Ohio

IndyCar competition in Toronto is a chess match at 108 mph

Sometimes even the best of intentions don’t go as planned. I’m sure you’ve all been there. Plans are set, your motivation is there, and then something happens. Like unconsciousness. That’s a thing that happens, right? Ha. Yeah, I don’t sleep too much as it is – no secret there. Last night my body decided I was overdue and I totally fell asleep with my laptop. I wish I could tell you that was a rare occurrence in my life, but I won’t lie to you guys. Similarly, the guys in the Firestone Fast 6 had good intentions of earning the … Continue reading IndyCar competition in Toronto is a chess match at 108 mph

Andretti Autosport sets standard, investing in drivers to create careers

Andretti Autosport switched things up quite a bit since last season – with reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato exiting the team for a ride at RLL Racing, and Zach Veach taking over responsibilities of the No. 26 Honda. Veach, who got his first Indy car racing experience last year, did so with multiple teams. After three non-consecutive seasons in the Indy Lights program of the Mazda Road to Indy, the Ohio-native was asked to drive in place of JR Hildebrand for Ed Carpenter Racing at Barber Motorsports Park last season, after Hildebrand was injured at the Toyota Grand Prix … Continue reading Andretti Autosport sets standard, investing in drivers to create careers

Grand Prix at The Glen: Rossi Claims First IndyCar-career Pole

(WATKINS GLEN, NY) – On the heels of the announcement that Alexander Rossi would be staying with Andretti Autosport in addition to signing a multi-year deal with NAPA AutoParts, the driver of the No. 98 Honda has earned the pole position for the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen in a last lap steal from veteran IndyCar driver and Watkins Glen specialist, Scott Dixon. After the checkered flag flew, Dixon and Josef Newgarden had clocked lap times that were .0001 apart. That’s not a fathomable segment of time. Moments like that deserve to be spotlighted as they add to the … Continue reading Grand Prix at The Glen: Rossi Claims First IndyCar-career Pole

Team Approach with Rossi’s Transition to IndyCar was Key Factor in His Decision to Stay at Andretti Autosport

(WATKINS GLEN, NY) – Andretti Autosport announced earlier today that Alexander Rossi has reached a deal to continue racing with them in 2018. The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner will also extend his relationship with NAPA Auto Parts in a multi-year deal that will see them as primary sponsor on the No. 98 Honda for 10 races in 2018. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to have this stability and continuity going into the upcoming season,” Alex admitted, “It’s easy to get caught up in what’s happening. You can start to lose morale at times among the team because there’s the unknown, right? … Continue reading Team Approach with Rossi’s Transition to IndyCar was Key Factor in His Decision to Stay at Andretti Autosport

Could Mid-Ohio be Proving Grounds for Andretti Autosport?

Alexander Rossi could be on the verge of a breakthrough in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Two weeks ago, he achieved his best finish since his victory at the Indianapolis 500 in 2016, with a P2 on the Streets of Toronto. The driver of the No. 98 Andretti Autosport Honda had it dialed in this morning for the third practice of the weekend, running the fastest lap of the weekend with a 1:04.2303. He almost had it stolen away by teammate Takuma Sato in the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda, but he earned it back only a few laps before … Continue reading Could Mid-Ohio be Proving Grounds for Andretti Autosport?

Rossi Outruns Team Penske Friday Morning at Road America

Alexander Rossi paced the field this morning for the first Verizon IndyCar Series practice of the Kohler Grand Prix weekend at Road America. The sophomore year driver ran 1:43.3285 lap, edging out Simon Pagenaud’s best lap of 1:43.5625.  INDYCAR PRACTICE 1 RESULTS – KOHLER GP, ROAD AMERICA Rossi, driver of the No. 98 Napa Andretti Honda, has one win to his name and it may be the most prestigious race win title, as it was that of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. He hasn’t landed a Verizon P1 Award yet and while it’s still a bit too early … Continue reading Rossi Outruns Team Penske Friday Morning at Road America

Push to Pass Podcast [S3E3] – 2017 Season Preview and Ricardo Juncos on the Road to Indy

Push to Pass goes international this week with Adrian Rickard joining us from the UK! Perhaps you will have better luck pronouncing his name than I did! Haha! From now on I’ll just call him the Anonymous Iguana. Zach takes a hiatus this week as Dusty, Adrian, and I take a gander at the ticket for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Oil. Kudos to IndyCar photographer, Chris Owens, on having his photo of the 100th Running winner Alexander Rossi selected! The first series-sanctioned test of the new year took place at Phoenix International Raceway recently, … Continue reading Push to Pass Podcast [S3E3] – 2017 Season Preview and Ricardo Juncos on the Road to Indy