Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi heads into this weekend’s Portland Grand Prix just 26 points behind series points leader Scott Dixon following his second place finish last time out at Gateway Motorsports Park.
The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner has had a sensational 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season having won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and taken back to back victories in Mid-Ohio and Pocono.
Rossi and his No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda crew had a fantastic race at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park using a three stop strategy which enabled the Californian to save fuel when he needed to allowing him to move up the field to finish the race in second place behind winner Will Power of Team Penske and ahead of Scott Dixon.
The 2018 season has really been Rossi’s breakthrough year in the Verizon IndyCar Series and even if he doesn’t win the championship this year he will be a champion in the future he has shown this year that he can win on any track be it an oval, street circuit or road course.
Being an all rounder in the Verizon IndyCar Series and working well with your team is how you win championships and this is something that Scott Dixon has been able to do with Chip Ganassi Racing and it is also a tactic that Alexander Rossi is adopting with Andretti Autosport and it is working given his recent results.
Rossi’s fuel saving techniques could be traced back to his time in Formula One where they do not refuel during a race and this has allowed the Californian to excel in this area and incorporate it into his race craft.