Pocono, Pa. (August 21, 2017) Alexander Rossi started Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 from the sixth position and during Lap 1 jumped three positions to third, proving he was ready to fight for the win. By Lap 12, the 25-year old American pilot had taken over the lead. The 200-lap race at Pocono Raceway saw a record 42 lead changes and the 2016 Indy 500 winner led eight different times, totaling 44 laps.


Rossi spent two-thirds of the race competing in the top three and only was seen outside of the top-10 during pit-stop rotations. Mid-way through the race, the knob of the tool Rossi uses to control his fuel mixture fell off the steering wheel, resulting in running the same fuel average for the remainder of the race. That did not stop the sophomore driver from charging though. When the checkered flags were waved, Alexander Rossi was battling Josef Newgarden and eventual race winner Will Power for the top step on the podium. The California-native crossed the finish line in third, collecting his second podium of the season and his fifth top-five finish.

“The Military to Motorsports car was great all day and the NAPA Know How crew was stellar,” said Rossi. “It’s a really good result, but when you come so close to a win, it’s sometimes difficult to swallow. We know these Honda engines have something for the competition, but the fuel mixture knob came off my steering wheel about two-thirds of the way through, so we didn’t have full power there at the end. Looking back to where we were at Pocono last year, when we had a strong car and didn’t finish, and to come back to the podium is a testament to the entire Andretti Autosport team and the work that they’ve done all year.”

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