Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Alexander Rossi has firmly planted his feet in the sport. The Californian has entered his third season in the series with Andretti Autosport and has taken up the No.27 Honda.
Rossi, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner took his third career victory at last weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach having won from pole position.
Paddock Eye has learned that it has been reported that Rossi will replace Romain Grosjean at the Haas F1 Team next season however let’s have a look at few things – At the end of last season, Rossi extended his contract with Andretti Autosport which includes his sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts.
Rossi began his Formula One career with the Caterham F1 Team in 2012 becoming their test driver before joining Marussia/Manor in 2014, making his Grand Prix debut at the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix.
In 2016, following the collapse of the Manor F1 Team, Rossi returned to the US to drive for Bryan Herta Autosport at Andretti Autosport in a deal that was struck just weeks before the start of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. For the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, Rossi had sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts and had a fantastic debut at the Brickyard coasting to victory lane on fumes.
In 2017, Rossi returned to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Bryan Herta Autosport and dominated the race at Watkins Glen to take his first road course victory in the series.
In 2018, Rossi renewed his contract with Andretti Autosport despite talk of him returning to Formula One and that decision to stay in the Verizon IndyCar Series has proved to be an inspired one, following two third place finishes, a Verizon P1 Award and a trip to victory lane last weekend at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach has propelled Rossi to the top of the series points standings for the first time in his career.
Rossi now leads reigning series champions Josef Newgarden by 22 points as the series head to Barber Motorsports Park for this weekend’s race so any talk of him returning to Formula One in this reporters opinion are certainly wide of the mark.
As the saying goes ‘If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it’ Rossi has made a home in the Verizon IndyCar Series and is comfortable with the aero kit and it will be interesting to see how he gets on this weekend.
One this is certain, at least for the forseeable future, Rossi is in the Verizon IndyCar Series to stay.