In racing, it’s rare that the closing of
one door leads to another’s opening, yet
such was the case for Alexander Rossi.
Having proved his worth in the European
ladder system, taking three GP2 victories
last year, the 24-year-old Californian
The best of those appeared almost
simultaneously with Bryan Herta and
Michael Andretti forging an alliance of
their IndyCar Series teams. In a matter of
days, a deal was done for Rossi to drive
the No. 98 Dallara-Honda as part of
Andretti’s four-car armada.
“I’m very much looking forward to
making my IndyCar Series debut this
season and I’m proud to be racing with a
team of such high caliber and pedigree as
that of Andretti Autosport,” said Rossi.
“As a racer through and through, I cannot
wait to get started; our goal is to be
Herta will serve as the race strategist
for Rossi in the combined team effort,
while racing veteran Tom German will
serve as the American’s lead engineer.
“It’s a collaboration, but the great thing
is that I get to keep all 12 of my guys and
we’re going to be in a competitive
situation,” enthused Herta.
Who knows how many more doors all
of them will end up opening?
China could be on the cards for a mooted
end-of-year, non-points IndyCar Series race.
But the revamped Mexico City track, once a
fine stage for Champ Car, gets our vote. (LEFT:
Will Power at the last race held there, 2007.)
F1 dreams sidetracked, Alexander Rossi reboots in IndyCar
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IndyCar’s Race Control, always a
lightning rod for controversy, will
have three new faces calling the
shots this season.
Arie Luyendyk, Indy 500 champ
in 1990 (ABOVE) and ’ 97, will join
fellow IndyCar veteran Max Papis and
longtime motorsports executive Dan
Davis as race stewards, reporting to
Jay Frye, IndyCar president of
competition and operations. Former
Ford man Davis will serve as the
team leader for the group.
“IndyCar’s stewards have a great
deal of experience across many
different areas of motorsports and
we are confident their varying
perspectives will mesh well for
consistent execution and
enforcement of our rules,” Frye said.
Will that be enough to satisfy in
this usually thankless role?
“It’s not easy,” said Wally
Dallenbach, who served as CART’s
chief steward from 1979-2000.
“You don’t sleep a whole lot and you
eat a lot of meals alone.”
became the first American Formula 1
racer in years with a late-season call-up
by Manor last season. He worked through
the winter to secure a full-time Manor
deal, only to lose out to Rio Haryanto.
“It’s obviously disappointing to miss
out on the [Manor] race seat this year
after what we felt was a strong 2015
season, not only in Formula 1 with the
five races I did, but in GP2 as well,” Rossi
told RACER after the announcement of
Haryanto’s signing, which left him
pondering various opportunities.
Alexander Rossi rolled snake
eyes in F1’s ladder game. But
he still held a winning hand.
IndyCar has hired veteran engineer
Bill Pappas as its vp of competition
and race engineering, to “manage
relationships with chassis and
engine suppliers.” No pressure...
Days after his
crushed by one of
F1’s lesser teams,
Rossi was having
a seat fitting for
one of IndyCar’s
biggest, ahead of
his expected test
debut at Sebring. New head of the tech shed
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“As a racer through and through, I
cannot wait to get started; our goal
is to be competitive immediately”