Indianapolis 500 winner and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Alexander Rossi looks set to remain in the series next season.
The Californian who drives the No.98 Castrol Edge with Curb Honda in a partnership between Bryan Herta and Michael Andretti’s Andretti Autosport organisation has been linked with a full-time race seat in Formula One with the Manor F1 Team where he is a reserve driver due to the uncertainty surrounding Rio Haryanto.
Rossi, however has expressed a desire to remain in the Verizon IndyCar Series however he has admitted that no deal is in place just yet. Rossi is currently leading the Sunoco Rookie points standings and is currently just outside the top ten in the points standings with just three races remaining this season.
There has been plenty of speculation surrounding other drivers on the grid with the potential for there to be a lot of movement over the winter. As a rookie in his first season Rossi has shown great race craft particularly on oval lay-outs. In his first oval event in Phoenix he started the race from 14th place and that is where he finished.
Rossi won the next oval event, the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil having started the race from 11th place.
At the last oval race in Iowa, Rossi started the event from 17th place and finished the race in 6th as the highest placed Andretti Autosport driver.
Bryan Herta expects a deal that will see Rossi and the Herta/Andretti partnership continue for 2017 to be concluded in the next few weeks and that right now they are working out the contracts.