The Verizon IndyCar Series is fast becoming a viable alternative to competing in Formula One for many talented racing drivers.
Earlier today Andretti Autosport announced that former Manor Racing and Caterham F1 Team test and reserve driver Alexander Rossi will drive the No.98 Honda as a full time programme alongside their other three drivers of Ryan Hunter Reay, Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz.
The California native is the latest in a list of ex-F1 drivers to move over to IndyCar. Ross’s former team mate at the Manor Racing Team Max Chilton was recently announced as the driver of the No.8 Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet joining Series champion Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball at the outfit.
The pair are not the only ex-F1 drivers competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016 as defending Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya continues with in the No.2 Team Penske Chevrolet.
Takuma Sato is also competing in the Series once again with AJ Foyt Racing. Former Minardi and Jaguar driver, the late Justin Wilson also drove in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
The Verizon IndyCar Series is the place to be if you are a driver coming over from Europe with a big budget as a sponsorship package can be sort out very quickly that will get the driver recognized on the biggest stage in motorsport, the Indianapolis 500.
As it stands four ex-F1 drivers will participate in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 which takes place ironically on the same day as the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix.
The question to be asked is this, out of the two ex-F1 drivers to join the ranks of IndyCar this season, who will come out on top? Max Chilton at Ganassi or Alexander Rossi at Andretti Autosport?