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Victory at San Jose for Alexander Rossi Alexander Rossi proves himself a street fightin' man in downtown San Jose San Jose, CA -- Fastest in practice, pole position, fastest race lap, leading every lap and taking the ...

Victory at San Jose for Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi proves himself a street fightin' man in downtown San Jose

San Jose, CA -- Fastest in practice, pole position, fastest race lap, leading every lap and taking the victory -- that was the dominance Alexander Rossi showed on the street circuit at San Jose during Round 9 of the Formula BMWUSA Championship. In fact, so impressive was his drive that race-fans were heard discussing his win in the hotel elevator the following morning.

"It's fantastic." Said a visibly elated Rossi in the press conference, "there are so many things that make today special: It's my home race and there are a lot of people here to watch me, so it was great to put on a good show for them. My team have been absolutely unbelievable in giving me a car good enough for the pole and the win, and having my team-mate up here on the podium with me shows what an incredible job they've done on our cars. And I can't tell you how special it is that Jeff Kaiser is here this weekend. Jeff has helped me a lot this year. His company -- InterVision Systems Inc -- and their associates, Juniper Networks and NetApp, are all here today and I'd like to say that this win is for them. Thank you guys."

Although the statistics show that Rossi completely dominated the event, he still had to work for his win. Having converted the pole into the lead by the first turn, the Californian found himself under intense pressure from the highly experienced Championship leader, who feinted this way and that in the hope of pushing Rossi into a mistake.

With a precision and maturity that belay his mere 15 years of age, Rossi kept his cool and held his perfect racing lines until his rival proved to be the one to crack, sliding wide into the wall at two-thirds distance. Thereafter Alexander built up a comfortable lead and brought it him for a memorable and well deserved win.

Further sweetening an already delicious day, his superb victory vaults Rossi to second in the championship points standings and in with a very realistic chance of the title.

-credit: ar/jb

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Alexander Rossi