PLYMOUTH, Wis – Alexander Rossi was sick of finishing second in the NTT IndyCar Series. See, after his runner-up result to Josef Newgarden two weeks ago in Texas, Rossi was frustrated.
He had followed a Team Penske driver across the finish line in three of the last four Indy Car races. Two of those three were to his main rival in this year’s championship in Newgarden. The other was in the Indianapolis 500 to Simon Pagenaud.
On Sunday, he took those frustrations out on the field. Rossi, didn’t leave the race in doubt either. The Andretti Autosport driver led all but one lap in Sunday’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America en route to his seventh career Indy Car victory.
It was his fifth straight top five finish, four of which being top twos and seven top five’s in his last eight starts on the year overall. Rossi, also made up 18 points on Newgarden as he went from 25 points behind him to seven leaving Road America on Sunday.
Rossi, first took over the lead on the opening lap when he passed pole sitter Colton Herta in the first few corners. He’d never look back as he pitted the first two times but never lost control of the lead in his No. 27 Honda while doing so.
The only time he didn’t lead a lap was when he pit for the final time on Lap 41. Graham Rahal didn’t pit and would lead Lap 42 as a result. Rahal, pitted one lap later and Rossi inherited the lead again and would win by 28.4391-seconds over second place Will Power.
It was Power’s first top two finish since his win at Gateway last August. It was also Power’s third podium of the season in his No. 12 Chevrolet as he’s hoping to turn his season back around.
Power, finished ninth in Texas and third in Belle Isle 2 to go along with six top 10 finishes in his last seven starts.
Newgarden finished third in his No. 2 Chevrolet for his eighth top four finish in 10 tries this season. Graham Rahal was fourth in his No. 15 Honda for his fourth straight top eight finish at Road America while Scott Dixon rebounded from a first lap spin to round out the top five.
The race went caution free as it was the first Indy Car race since Road America last year to go flag to flag without a yellow. The four races on the 4.014-mile Wisconsin road course have seen two or fewer cautions each year.
It was also an impressive top five as you have the series’ best in it.
REV Group Grand Prix at Road America Results
1. 27 Rossi
2. 12 Power
3. 2 Newgarden
4. 15 Rahal
5. 9 Dixon
6. 10 Rosenqvist R
7. 5 Hinchcliffe
8. 88 Herta R
9. 22 Pagenaud
10. 30 Sato
11. 28 Hunter-Reay
12. 18 Bourdais
13. 7 Ericsson R
14. 21 Pigot
15. 60 Harvey R
16. 59 Chilton
17. 31 O’Ward R -1
18. 26 Veach -1
19. 19 Ferrucci R -1
20. 4 Leist -1
21. 14 Kanaan -1
22. 20 Jones -1
23. 98 Andretti OUT