In his rookie year Alexander Rossi ends the Formula BMWUSA season in third
Bowmanville, ON - His previous day's commanding victory, when Alexander Rossi had lead by over 30 seconds in treacherous conditions, was always going to be difficult act to follow. The fact that qualifying for the final round of the Formula BMWUSA championship had been cancelled due to heavy fog at Mosport was perhaps a portent that round 14 couldn't scale the highs of round 13.
However, the Californian teenager's sixth placed finish in the race was enough to secure him third in the overall championship standings - a tremendous feat for a driver in his rookie season in what is possibly the closest fought open-wheel championship in North America.
"Of Course I set out trying to win the championship," said Rossi, "but it being my rookie year we had to have realistic expectations so, you know, I'm very pleased to finish third in the championship. I think we've put together some pretty good results and we hope to continue our successes at the FBMW World Finals in Valencia later this year."
It is typical of the pure racer that Rossi is that he is thinking about his next race within hours of the current season ending, but it is this true driver's hunger for more that has propelled him to so many successes already, despite still being a mere 15 years of age.
From taking a podium in his first race of the year, through to his three wins at consecutive events to close the season, Rossi has proved time and again that he is one of the finest raw talents that North America has to offer right now.
But getting him to focus one last time on the past season before he leaves to concentrate on the future Rossi said, "Our breakout win at my 'home' event at San Jose in front of all the friends and family that came out to watch me was pretty incredible, also racing at Indianapolis was pretty cool just to be able to say I'm one of the very few who have gotten to drive there. But although I've enjoyed so much this season, I'm now just looking forward on the next time I can get back in the car and go racing at the World Finals, and continuing where I left off this weekend."