Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday for the first time since winning the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May.
Rossi who took victory in the most famous of them all attended his first NASCAR race as the Brickyard 400 took place on Sunday afternoon.
The Verizon IndyCar Series was on an off weekend following a busy period for the sport with back to back races in Iowa and Toronto. The roadshow heads to Mid-Ohio this weekend for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio this weekend.
Last time out in Toronto, Rossi started the race from 19th place and went on to finish in 16th place. Speaking about attending his first NASCAR race, Rossi commented by saying:
It was pretty crazy coming back to the track today. It was a special moment for sure, to realize the magnitude of this track, and to know what it means. It’s my first NASCAR race, so I’m looking forward to that.
Rossi who drives the No.98 Castrol Edge Curb Honda was asked about the differences between IndyCar and NASCAR from a drivers point of view.
It’s simple in one way, but very advanced in another way. It’s a bit of a strange thing to look at. Without all of the data and sensors and telemetry, they rely on a lot of different ways to understand what the car is doing. I think that’s very, very cool to see and learn about. Beyond that, this is the pinnacle of stock cars. To see what the guys are doing, the teams, the engineers, the drivers, they’re all incredible at what they do. It’s pretty amazing to see.
Rossi was asked about his life having won the Indy 500 and has it changed at all.
It’s gotten busier, for sure. I’m just focused on representing the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 for the next year, and doing the best job I can to keep the interest level high.