Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi who drives the No.98 Castrol/EDGE with Curb Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport has been very busy since Watkins Glen.
Rossi returned to his home town earlier this week for a parade in his honor. The Verizon IndyCar Series rookies is set to win the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award for 2016 following what has been an incredible season for the Californian.
Rossi’s deal to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series for 2016 came together just a matter of days before the first race of the season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Rossi went into the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil starting the race from 11th place on the grid and did an incredible job to win the Indy 500, becoming the first rookie to win the race since Helio Castroneves won in 2001.
Rossi goes into the double points season finale in 11th place in the series standings on 370 points and currently leads the Sunoco rookie of the year standings. Speaking ahead of the final race of the season he commented by saying:
There is so much that I am looking forward to this weekend, that it’s hard to choose just one thing. Whether it’s my home race in California, double-points season finale or the fact that 100-plus friends and family are coming out to watch – some for the first time. I want to take all of this energy and use it as even more fuel to end the season on a high note. I’m proud of how the No. 98 team has steadily improved throughout the year and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish this weekend.
Rossi’s Andretti Autosport team mate’s have endured a tough season with second place at the Indianapolis 500 Carlos Munoz’ best result of the season while the Colombian also claimed a third place finish at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Munoz also claimed his maiden Verizon P1 Award at the Texas Motor Speedway for the Firestone 600.
Munoz goes into the GoPro Grand Prix at Sonoma Raceway in eighth place in the points standing and speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
Looking forward to going to Sonoma. It is not one of the tracks that I have done very well at, if I’m honest. But in testing, the team was quick so let’s see what we can bring home for the hhgregg car the last race of the season.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda goes in the season finale in 13th place in the standings on 364 points.
Hunter Reay’s best result in 2016 has been a pair of third place finishes in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit race 2 and more recently at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Hunter Reay commented by saying:
Sonoma is certainly one of the highlights on the schedule for many reasons. From a competition standpoint, we have finished runner-up the last two years here, so we’re really working hard to get that breakthrough win. We just completed a very encouraging test where we led the a.m., p.m. and overall sessions. Hopefully we can translate that speed to the race weekend. DHL, AutoNation, Honda and all of our partners deserve a win before the season is over and we’re determined to get that done.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 Snapple/Honda has endured what he describes as a horrible season and goes into the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma in 17th place in the series standings on 291 points and speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
We need to end the season on a high note after a horrible season. With double points earned for this race, it can hopefully move us up the running order in the championship.