Alexander Rossi has had an incredible 12 months. This weekend sees Formula One head Singapore where 12 months ago the American made his Formula One race debut with the Manor Formula One Team.
The Californian made five starts for the Manor team in 2015 and went into 2016 with high hopes of getting a full time race seat with the British team, however that is not how it played out.
Instead of joining the Formula One grid, Rossi returned to America where he teamed up with Andretti Autosport and Bryan Herta for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Rossi who had never raced on an oval took that step in only his second race of the year when the series headed to Phoenix and during an interview ahead of his home race this weekend Rossi admitted to being scared of racing on an oval but once he got up to speed in Phoenix he began to enjoy it.
Rossi had never attended the Indianapolis 500 and yet in May he was ready to compete in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Starting the race from 11th place on the grid he was fast throughout the race and made his way up to the front and did the unthinkable he won the race at his first attempt coming home just ahead of his Andretti Autosport team mate Carlos Munoz.
Rossi heads to the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma this weekend in 11th place in the series standings but has been one of the stand out performers of Andretti Autosport’s four drivers.
Rossi also leads the Sunoco rookie of the year points standings heading into the double points race this weekend and has every chance of ending his first season in the Verizon IndyCar Series in the top ten. It would certainly appear that Formula One’s lose has been the Verizon IndyCar Series gain.