Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda says that next weekend’s 2019 NTT IndyCar Series championship deciding Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca could be decided in qualifying.

The Californian goes into the race just 41 points behind championship leader Josef Newgarden of Team Penske and speaking ahead of the race he said:

I’ve been saying for a while this championship very well could be decided in qualifying at Laguna. “It’s no secret that we’re expecting it to be a challenging race to pass just because of (the track’s) history.

Rossi who has two wins this season went on to say:

“So, yeah, it’s 100 percent going to be a critical qualifying session that you’re going to have to be inch perfect and nail it through all three rounds, “The guy that’s on pole, if he’s one of the guys that is in the championship fight, it’s going to make their job to win the thing a whole lot easier.”

Rossi concluded by saying:

It’s a blank slate for everyone, (and) that’s exciting. “It will definitely reward the team and the drivers that come to grips with everything the quickest. It will probably reward them in a championship.”

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