Rossi seeks to repeat dominant performance at Road America

Rossi burns up Road America

Alexander Rossi

It was perhaps Alexander Rossi’s most dominant performance of his career in last year’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America.

How dominant? Runner-up Will Power, who finished more than 28 seconds behind the 28-year-old Californian, said after the race that he “never actually saw” Rossi.

That’s because Rossi was in command from the outset. Starting second behind polesitter Colton Herta, Rossi led every lap but one on the demanding 4.041-mile, 14-turn road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The only lap he didn’t lead came on the last of his three pit stops but he soon was back in front when Graham Rahal made his last pit a lap later.

From there, he went unchallenged, sailing to victory ahead of Power, Josef Newgarden, Rahal and Scott Dixon, for his second win of the season and seventh of his career. It also came in a stretch where he finished first or second in five of seven races.

“It’s was probably one of the best race cars I’ve ever had,” he said after the race of his No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda.

Though his hot racing got him within seven points of the Indycar championship lead, he would ultimately fade to third place in the series standings behind Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud.

Rossi will return to defend his title in the 2020 version of the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, which airs Sunday, June 21, on NBC.

Full name: Alexander Michael Rossi

Birth date: Sept. 25, 1991

Birthplace: Nevada City, Calif.

Height/weight: 6 feet 1 inch/161 pounds

Car: No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda

Team: Andretti Autosport

IndyCar wins: 7

Podiums: 19

Poles: 6

Previous series: Formula TR 2000 Pro Series (2006); Formula BMW USA/Americas (2007-08); Formula BMW (2008); International Formula Master (2009); GP2 Asia Series (2009); GP3 Series (2010); Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2010-12); GP2 Series (2013-15); Formula One (2014-15); IndyCar (2016-present)

Honors and achievements: Formula BMW Americas champion (2008); finished second in IndyCar Series (2018)

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George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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