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Rossi; An American Man at Road America Alexander Rossi is on fire at the Elkhart Lake racetrack Elkhart Lake, WI - Despite a real fire in his engine-bay during practice at Road America, that left the team with a nine hour repair job and ...

Rossi; An American Man at Road America
Alexander Rossi is on fire at the Elkhart Lake racetrack

Elkhart Lake, WI - Despite a real fire in his engine-bay during practice at Road America, that left the team with a nine hour repair job and cost Alexander Rossi most of the practice sessions, he was 'on fire' during qualifying for rounds 11 and 12 of the Formula BMWUSA championship at the classic American road course.

Rossi posted an excellent third fastest in Thursday's round 11 qualifying session and with his title rivals languishing further back, the Californian was most pleased with his afternoon's work.

"I'm definitely happy," he smiled, "we are desperately trying to get second in the championship and I really need to capitalize on my qualifying spot in the race, and get as many points as I can."

Rossi held the pole for the first 22 minutes of the 30 minute Friday session that would determine the grid for round 12, but the flat-out nature of Road America meant that those drivers able to pick up a draft could gain valuable speed - and thus time - which would boost their grid positions. Rossi found himself without a drafting partner and tumbled to fifth on the timesheets.

Unperturbed, the 15-year-old driver was remaining optimistic. "We're really confident with both the car and the track," he said, "it should be a good race. I have a lot of race-time here, and I have the strategy worked out - you are on open-throttle for over 65% of the lap here, so if someone gets a run on you you're just gonna have to let them by, and that is something you're gonna have to deal with throughout the race."

Having won at the last race meeting in San Jose, Rossi is on a roll and brimming with confidence. "Second place in points is very much within reach and so if I just have a good consistent weekend with two podiums I should move right on up there." His qualifying performances indicate he is right on course to do just that.

-credit: ta

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Alexander Rossi