Alexander Rossi Hopeful to Create Another Special Memory at Laguna Seca
Back when he was three-years-old, Alexander Rossi got his first introduction to motorsports via a trip to Weathertech Laguna Seca Raceway with his father. They then returned to the road course for seven consecutive years, allowing his love for racing to grow.
“That’s where I fell in love with just auto racing and cars,” he said. “The sound and the smell, I mean, back then, they were running methanol fuel obviously. There was a very distinct smell to that. Being a kid, being able to walk through the paddock and everything. I had hats in my room for a really long time that were signed by Chip (Ganassi) and Max Papis.
“Yeah, it’s cool that it’s kind of come full circle. It’s my introduction to racing, what really made me fall in love with the sport. It’s a place where I’m coming back to 20 plus years later, kind of racing in the same series that introduced me to the sport.”
Rossi will now return to the track next Sunday with a chance at the NTT IndyCar Series Championship, currently ranked 41 points behind Josef Newgarden for the top spot.
“I just think the 2 car has had a slightly better season for one reason or another,” Rossi spoke of his competition. “I think we’ve made a lot of improvements on some areas where we struggled last year as a team. When we came up with the plan of how we were going to attack 2019, I think we’ve done a fairly good job. Some things have been out of our control. But such is life in the sport.
“We have some semblance of an opportunity, I guess, in Laguna. We’re definitely going to need to have things come our way a little bit. Yeah, who knows.”
Rossi feels they could have been closer to Newgarden if not for some bad luck through the second half of the campaign, but is still thankful for the opportunity that is presented before him.
Now as Laguna Seca returns to the IndyCar schedule, the focus is simple – score the victory, and take advantage of the double points on the line. Though while there’s a race to run, qualifying before the event could prove to be equally important.
“I’ve been saying for a while this championship very well could be decided in qualifying at Laguna. It’s no secret that we’re expecting it to be a challenging race to pass just because of its history,” he commented. “So, yeah, I mean, it’s 100% going to be a critical qualifying session that you’re going to have to be inch perfect and nail it through all three rounds.
“The guy that’s on pole, if he’s one of the guys that are in the championship fight, it’s going to make their job to win the thing a whole lot easier.”
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