INDIANAPOLIS – Alexander Rossi is arguably one of the most thrilling drivers to watch here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last year, he charged from the last row to a fourth place finish in his No. 27 Honda. The daring passes that he made all day in 2018, was nothing short of amazing to see.
On Sunday, he didn’t have to come from as far this time around. Rossi, started nine Rows farther up for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 in Row 3. That didn’t stop him from putting on another show.
Rossi, stayed around the top five for a majority of the race but found himself in the lead when he got by Simon Pagenaud with 31 laps remaining. That was an amazing feat for a driver who thought that he was down and out after a lengthy pit stop just prior.
See, Rossi’s crew had a problem with their fuel hose, as they failed to get the Speedway racing fuel in his No. 27 Honda. Luckily, despite the 20+ second stop, he fell only to sixth. Prior to that, Rossi was PISSED at Helio Castroneves for not allowing him by.
See, Castroneves was multiple laps down at that point. He gave Rossi now slack. He led everyone know that too.
Then, after Rossi got back going after his slow stop, Oriol Servia ran him tough too. Servia, was also a lap down at that point. Rossi, showed Servia his displeasure when passing him on the front stretch a few laps later.
Then, he made daring passes on Sebastien Bourdais and Conor Daly to move up to fourth. From then, it was game on.
Rossi and Pagenaud exchanged the lead several times over the final 13 laps but Pagenaud held Rossi off on the final lap, bringing Rossi home second for the sixth closest finish in Indy 500 history.
Rossi, has yet to finish worse than eighth in four career ‘500 tries. That’s not bad for a guy with zero oval experience prior to 2016. It was also his fourth top five finish in six tries this season.