New Kid -- New Race Record -- Third In Championship Alexander Rossi sets a new track record in thrilling Formula BMWUSA round 2 Miller Motorsports Park, UT -- Alexander Rossi was the star of a thrilling encounter at Miller Motorsports Park's...
New Kid -- New Race Record -- Third In Championship
Alexander Rossi sets a new track record in thrilling Formula BMWUSA round 2
Miller Motorsports Park, UT -- Alexander Rossi was the star of a thrilling encounter at Miller Motorsports Park's East track. On a circuit notoriously difficult to pass on Rossi made a series of brilliant passing maneuvers and raced wheel-to-wheel for 17 mesmerizing laps.
So hard was the Californian pushing his Formula BMWUSA racecar that he set a new race record. "I just found out! It's pretty cool," he smiled. "although my car was a rocket-ship out of the gate!" Rossi was even more taken aback when he was told he'd set the new record on the last lap -- by which time his car's aero was compromised following contact earlier in the race. "Oh with a bent wing? Wow! I was pushing hard. I've got to thank the team, they did an amazing job."
At the start Rossi made a blinding getaway -- driving around the outside of turn one and sling-shoting past two cars to steal fifth position. These five runners broke away from the chasing pack and began a titanic battle between themselves; Rossi the driver most obviously on a mission with a number of stabs at passing those ahead of him.
A side-by-side attempt through the final three turns was awesome, but cost momentum and a spot which Rossi retook a couple of laps later in another brilliant move -- once again around the outside. "The inside was shut down so that was the only option I had left, and I decided to take it." He said matter-of-factly. "I was pretty crossed up on the exit, but I was able to keep it together."
Fifth place became fourth on the penultimate lap when Rossi moved up the inside of a competitor out of turn one. His rival moved over, damaging Alexander's front wing and costing him valuable time. "I didn't have enough time to reel in the leaders. I was driving as hard as I could but there wasn't enough time."
Rossi sits third in the FBMWUSA championship, 14 points adrift of the leader, after two rounds and is confident for the next event. "Going into Montreal we have a decent amount of points and you can actually pass there, so I'm looking forward to a really good race."