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Alexander Rossi
AlexanderRossiGoodwood2013.jpg
Rossi at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Nationality United States American
Born Alexander Michael Rossi
(1991-09-25) September 25, 1991 (age 24)
Auburn, California, U.S.
IndyCar Series career
10 races run over 1 year
Team(s) No. 98 (Bryan Herta Autosport with Andretti Autosport)
First race 2016 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg)
Last race 2016 Honda Indy Toronto (Toronto, Ontario)
First win 2016 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis)
Wins Podiums Poles
1 1 0
Formula One World Championship career
Teams Marussia
Entries 7 (5 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 2014 Belgian Grand Prix
Last entry 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix
2015 position 20th (0 pts)
Previous series
201315
201012
2010
2009–10
2009
2008
2007–08
2006
2006
2005–06
GP2 Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
GP3 Series
GP2 Asia Series
International Formula Master
Formula BMW Europe
Formula BMW USA/Americas
Skip Barber Race Series
Formula TR 2000 Pro Series
S. Barber Western Regional
Championship titles
2008
2008
2006
Formula BMW World Final
Formula BMW Americas
S. Barber Western Regional

Alexander Michael Rossi (born September 25, 1991)[1] is an American professional racing driver. He currently races in the IndyCar Series for Bryan Herta Autosport with Andretti Autosport; additionally, he serves as reserve driver for Manor Racing in Formula One. Rossi won the 2016 Indianapolis 500 as a rookie.

Career[edit]

Skip Barber[edit]

In 2005, after becoming IKF Grand National Champion in the 100cc Yamaha class, Auburn-born[2] Rossi was semi-finalist in the Red Bull Formula One American Drivers search with a top 5 finish overall out of over 2,000 nationwide candidates. Leveraging that success, Rossi's family funded his career path via a private placement financing that offered investors a return on his future success via www.ppm.net

In 2006 he was awarded the Skip Barber National Scholarship from Skip Barber Racing School to compete in the 2006 Skip Barber National Championship, where he finished third overall and became the youngest winner in Skip Barber National Championship history, at age 14.

Formula BMW[edit]

Rossi competed in the Formula BMW USA series in 2007, finishing third overall in the championship, with three wins and five podiums while driving for Team Apex Racing, USA.

For 2008, Rossi returned for his sophomore year with the two-time Formula BMW championship-winning team EuroInternational. He won the overall championship, becoming the first American Formula BMW Champion in the Americas Championship, with ten wins from the fifteen races run.

Rossi completed the season as World Champion, winning the 2008 Formula BMW World Final at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit in Mexico City, beating the rookie Michael Christensen. Rossi was awarded a Formula One test with BMW Sauber F1 Team,[3][4] along with European champion Esteban Gutiérrez.

International Formula Master[edit]

Rossi decided to move to compete in Europe in 2009. He chose to compete in the International Formula Master with Hitech Racing.[5] After two rounds, Rossi moved over to ISR Racing for the remainder of the season. Rossi won three races over the course of the season, all coming during reverse-grid races. The wins at Brno, Spa and Imola gave Rossi the second-highest tally of victories during the 2009 season, with Fabio Leimer (seven) winning more. Coupled with Pål Varhaug's sixth place in the final race at Imola, Rossi moved up to fourth overall in the championship, and the highest-placed rookie driver.

GP3 Series[edit]

In 2010, Rossi made the move to the new GP3 Series, competing for multiple-championship-winning team ART Grand Prix. He joined Pedro Nunes and Esteban Gutiérrez at the team, winning twice and finishing fourth in the series.[6]

World Series by Renault[edit]

After a season in GP3, Rossi moved on to compete in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with Fortec Motorsport. He was joined at the team by Brazilian driver and Italian Formula Three Champion César Ramos. He won the opening race of the season in Aragón and the second race at Le Castellet, and eventually finished third in the championship– and top rookie driver– behind Carlin drivers Robert Wickens and Jean-Éric Vergne.

Rossi stayed in the series for the 2012 season, but switched to newcomers Arden Caterham Motorsport, partnering Red Bull-backed driver Lewis Williamson.[7]

Rossi at the 2011 Nürburgring World series by Renault round

GP2 Series[edit]

Rossi competed in the 2009–10 GP2 Asia Series. Having competed for Ocean Racing Technology at the first Abu Dhabi round, Rossi moved to Team Meritus for the remaining rounds.[8] Rossi made a strong impression immediately finishing fourth in his début race, from thirteenth on the grid. Rossi was only the second American to compete at GP2 level, preceded by Scott Speed who raced in Formula One with Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2006 and 2007. Rossi finished ninth in the championship standings.

After his stint at the Formula Renault 3.5, Rossi made his GP2 Series debut in the Bahrain round in 2013 after replacing Chinese driver Ma Qinghua, he finished 3rd in his debut race. On July 16, 2014, Rossi announced he had departed Caterham's GP2 team, and later joined Campos Racing at the Hockenheimring, replacing Kimiya Sato.[9] He joined Racing Engineering for the 2015 season opposite British rookie Jordan King.

Formula One[edit]

Rossi was one of three drivers linked to US-based Formula One team US F1 along with José María López and Jonathan Summerton. Rossi was contracted to be the reserve and test driver before the team folded. He has also tested the 2009-spec BMW Sauber F1.09 Formula One car as part of Formula One's young driver test in Jerez. This was earned for winning the Formula BMW World Final. This test earned Rossi his FIA Super License and currently he is the only American to hold one.

Caterham (2012–14)[edit]

For the 2012 Formula One season, he joined Caterham F1 as a test driver alongside reserve driver Giedo van der Garde.[7] At the Spanish round he drove Heikki Kovalainen's car in the first practice session, becoming the first American to drive in a Formula One session (during a race weekend) since Scott Speed at the 2007 European Grand Prix. In 2013, he drove for Caterham in the first practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix and at Silverstone in July for the young driver test.[10][11] In 2014, he drove the Caterham in the first practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix.[12] Rossi departed Caterham following the departure of Tony Fernandes and the entrance of new Swiss and Middle Eastern investors in July 2014.[9]

Marussia/Manor (2014–present)[edit]

Alexander Rossi at the 2015 United States Grand Prix

Following his departure from Caterham, Rossi joined Marussia F1 as reserve driver for the remainder of the 2014 season.[13] He was initially set to make his Formula One debut at the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix, replacing British driver Max Chilton,[14] although Marussia later reversed that decision.[15] He later was set to replace the injured Jules Bianchi at Russia,[16] but Marussia later decided to only run a single car for Chilton.[17]

Continuing as a reserve driver into 2015, he finally made his debut at the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix.[18][19] Rossi qualified 20th and last for his debut, but rallied to finish 14th, 14 seconds ahead of teammate Will Stevens, despite losing radio communication with his crew around the halfway point of the Grand Prix. Rossi would go on to enter five of the final seven races of the 2015 season.

Despite signing for Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar Series, Rossi returned as a reserve driver for the reformed Manor Racing for the 2016 season.[20]

IndyCar Series (2016–present)[edit]

Despite previously claiming to having little interest in oval racing,[21] Rossi made the switch to the IndyCar Series with Andretti Autosport for the 2016 IndyCar Series.[22] During his first season with the team, he won the Indianapolis 500 after starting from the 11th position on the grid. Rossi was the top rookie in qualifying for the race and led the final few laps as the cars ahead of him on track ran low on fuel and pitted. Rossi managed his fuel over the final stint to win, then ran dry after the finish and had to be towed to victory lane.[23][24]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podium Points Position
2005 Skip Barber Western Regional Skip Barber Racing School 2 0 0 60 29th
2006 Skip Barber National Skip Barber Racing School 14 3 2 2 4 613 3rd
Skip Barber Western Regional Skip Barber Racing School 10 8 11 10 538 1st
Formula TR 1600 Pro Series Odyssey Motorsports 11 4 5 6 409 7th
2007 Formula BMW Americas Team Apex Racing 14 3 1 2 5 410 3rd
Formula BMW World Final EuroInternational 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2008 Formula BMW Americas EuroInternational 15 10 10 9 11 249 1st
Formula BMW Europe 2 0 0 0 0 N/A† N/A†
Formula BMW World Final 1 1 0 1 1 N/A 1st
2009 International Formula Master Hitech Racing 16 3 0 1 5 52 4th
ISR Racing
2009–10 GP2 Asia Series Ocean Racing Technology 8 0 0 0 0 12 9th
MalaysiaQi-Meritus.com
2010 GP3 Series ART Grand Prix 14 2 2 1 5 38 4th
Formula Renault 3.5 Series ISR Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Fortec Motorsport 17 2 0 1 5 156 3rd
2012 Formula One Caterham F1 Team Test driver
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Arden Caterham 17 0 0 4 1 63 11th
2013 Formula One Caterham F1 Team Test driver
GP2 Series EQ8 Caterham Racing 20 1 1 0 4 92 9th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 Greaves Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Greaves Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 20 19th
2014 Formula One Caterham F1 Team Test driver
Marussia F1 Team Test driver
GP2 Series EQ8 Caterham Racing 10 0 0 0 0 12 21st
Campos Racing 2 0 0 0 0
2015 GP2 Series Racing Engineering 22 3 1 0 7 181.5 2nd
Formula One Manor Marussia F1 Team 5 0 0 0 0 0 20th
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Bryan Herta Autosport with Andretti Autosport 10 1 0 1 1 286* 7th*

† – As Rossi was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.
* Season still in progress.

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2009–10 Ocean Racing Technology ABU1
FEA

4
ABU1
SPR

5
9th 12
MalaysiaQi-Meritus.com ABU2
FEA

6
ABU2
SPR

9
BHR1
FEA

Ret
BHR1
SPR

Ret
BHR2
FEA

11
BHR2
SPR

5

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2010 ART Grand Prix ESP
FEA

8
ESP
SPR

1
TUR
FEA

4
TUR
SPR

3
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

5
GBR
SPR

2
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

8
HUN
FEA

8
HUN
SPR

1
BEL
FEA

13
BEL
SPR

2
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

15
4th 38

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2010 ISR Racing ALC
1
ALC
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
MON
1

Ret
BRN
1
BRN
2
MAG
1
MAG
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
CAT
1
CAT
2
NC 0
2011 Fortec Motorsport ALC
1

1
ALC
2

2
SPA
1

7
SPA
2

7
MNZ
1

17
MNZ
2

2
MON
1

Ret
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

Ret
HUN
1

2
HUN
2

5
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

DSQ
LEC
1

16
LEC
2

1
CAT
1

4
CAT
2

7
3rd 156
2012 Arden Caterham ALC
1

Ret
ALC
2

5
MON
1

3
SPA
1

11
SPA
2

Ret
NÜR
1

18
NÜR
2

9
MSC
1

17†
MSC
2

5
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

5
HUN
1

9
HUN
2

8
LEC
1

22
LEC
2

16
CAT
1

19
CAT
2

5
11th 63

Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicates fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
2012 Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT01 Renault RS27-2012 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP
TD
MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU USA BRA  –  –
2013 Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT03 Renault RS27-2013 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN
TD
GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU USA
TD
BRA  –  –
2014 Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT05 Renault Energy F1-2014 1.6 V6 t AUS MAL BHR CHN ESP MON CAN
TD
AUT GBR GER HUN  –  –
Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR03 Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6 t BEL
PO
ITA SIN JPN RUS
WD
USA BRA ABU
2015 Manor Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR03B Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6 t AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN AUT GBR HUN BEL ITA SIN
14
JPN
18
RUS USA
12
MEX
15
BRA
18
ABU  20th  0

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 D.C. Points
2013 EQ8 Caterham Racing MYS
FEA
MYS
SPR
BHR
FEA

3
BHR
SPR

20
ESP
FEA

6
ESP
SPR

6
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

19
GBR
FEA

10
GBR
SPR

9
GER
FEA

11
GER
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

13
HUN
SPR

16
BEL
FEA

3
BEL
SPR

22
ITA
FEA

8
ITA
SPR

2
SGP
FEA

Ret
SGP
SPR

23
ABU
FEA

1
ABU
SPR

Ret
9th 92
2014 EQ8 Caterham Racing BHR
FEA

22
BHR
SPR

25
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

14
MON
FEA

16
MON
SPR

11
AUT
FEA

8
AUT
SPR

5
GBR
FEA

12
GBR
SPR

21
21st 12
Campos Racing GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

7
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
RUS
FEA
RUS
SPR
ABU
FEA
ABU
SPR
2015 Racing Engineering BHR
FEA

3
BHR
SPR

4
ESP
FEA

3
ESP
SPR

4
MON
FEA

2
MON
SPR

7
AUT
FEA

6
AUT
SPR

8
GBR
FEA

2
GBR
SPR

4
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

20
BEL
FEA

6
BEL
SPR

1
ITA
FEA

1
ITA
SPR

Ret
RUS
FEA

1
RUS
SPR

6
BHR
FEA

18
BHR
SPR

9
ABU
FEA

4
ABU
SPR

C
2nd 181.5

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2013 Greaves Motorsport LMP2 Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL SPA LMS
5
SÃO COA FUJ SHA BHR 19th 20

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2013 United Kingdom Greaves Motorsport United Kingdom Tom Kimber-Smith
United States Eric Lux
Zytek Z11SN LMP2 307 23rd 10th

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2016 Andretti Herta Autosport
Curb Agajanian
Dallara DW12 Honda STP
12
PHX
14
LBH
20
ALA
15
IMS
10
INDY
1
DET
10
DET
12
RDA
15
IOW
6
TOR
16
MDO
POC
TXS
WGL
SNM
7th* 300*

* Season still in progress.

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2016 Dallara Honda 11 1 Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian

References[edit]

  1. ^ California Birth Index. "Alexander Michael Rossi, Born 09/25/1991 in California". California Birth Index. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Biography and Racing Resume". Alexander Rossi. Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  3. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (July 31, 2009). "Rossi, Gutierrez get BMW F1 test". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved August 2, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Rossi wins BMW Sauber F1 test". gpupdate.net (GPUpdate). December 8, 2008. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rossi, American World Champion Signs with Hi Tech Junior Team". alexanderrossi.com (Alexander Rossi). May 13, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
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  18. ^ "Marussia Hand Rossi race debut in Singapore". formula1.com. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  19. ^ Benson, Andrew (September 16, 2015). "Formula 1: Manor sign Alexander Rossi for five races". BBC Sport. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  20. ^ Barretto, Lawrence. "Andretti IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi to act as Manor F1 reserve". 
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