This week’s Verizon IndyCar Series ‘Paddock Eye Star of the race’ hardly comes as a surprise. Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi, driver of the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda was utterly dominant all weekend at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The Californian took his first Verizon P1 Award of the season and started the race alongside Team Penske’s Will Power and made a fantastic getaway.

Rossi went into the race following back to back podiums at the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg where the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner finished the race in third place behind second placed Graham Rahal and race winner Sebastien Bourdais.

At the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway, Rossi finished the race in third place behind Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens and race winner, defending series champion, Team Pensle’s Josef Newgarden.

Rossi heads to Barber Motorsports Park this weekend with a 22 points advantage over Josef Newgarden in the series standings.

Rossi led the way in three of the practice sessions over the Long Beach weekend and speaking following the race he said:

I can’t really put into words how good the car was all weekend. “I think we proved that and I’m just so glad we were able to capitalize and nothing crazy happened.

“This one I’ll definitely remember for a very long time for a lot of different reasons.”

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