Californian teen delivers the drive of the day in Round 8 after An intense schedule of two races in the space of just three hours meant that Alexander Rossi ran the whole gamut of his emotions in little over 180 minutes. During Round 7 of...
Californian teen delivers the drive of the day in Round 8 after
An intense schedule of two races in the space of just three hours meant that Alexander Rossi ran the whole gamut of his emotions in little over 180 minutes.
During Round 7 of the Formula BMWUSA championship he was reeling in third position (and was a shoe-in for a podium) when the car behind made an 'ambitious' move which resulted in him driving over the top of Alexander's machine at 100mph -- narrowly missing the fifteen-year-old's head in the process, and leading to Rossi finishing a lowly 16th. "It happened all very quickly -- I just wanted it over with!" said Rossi. "I felt a pretty big hit then I saw a tire and the underside of a car so I figured "this isn't good"... but you know sometimes that's life and you've just got to bounce back from that and go racing."
And that is exactly what he did, he went racing. Seventh on the opening lap of Round 8, Rossi's drive was mesmerizing as he raced for 25 laps -- always cleanly, but as hard-as-nails; making inspired opportunist moves and turning them into decisive maneuvers for position.
It all came down to a thrilling denouement between Rossi and his new teammate; the pair neck-and-neck around the last lap. "It was so close -- we touched front wheels at the line!" was Rossi's version, although the official timing gave an even closer verdict: Rossi and teammate crossing the line at exactly the same moment down to the closest thousandth of a second. Officials gave Rossi the nod, so third place -- and the podium -- was his.
"I'm just so happy to do this for the team." Smiled Rossi after the podium celebrations. "We got a three-four finish. The team have worked so hard and been fantastic for this, my first race with them, and we're in the fight for the championship again."
Rossi's third place in the title race makes him the highest placed American in the series, and he has greatly closed in on second place. The Californian native now goes to his 'home' race at San Jose on July 28-29.