Rossi Was Collected On The First Lap At Pocono

Alexander Rossi

CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd (500 pts.)

“Obviously, I didn’t get a good start – so that’s on me. But we were three wide; Ryan [Hunter-Reay] was on the inside, I as in the middle and Takuma [Sato] was on the outside. I can’t even begin to understand how after last year Takuma thinks that any sort of driving like that is acceptable. To turn across two cars, at that speed, in that corner at a 500-mile race is disgraceful, upsetting and may have cost us a championship. It’s upsetting. This team works too hard to have something like that happen. The whole team worked tirelessly to get the 27 car back on track. Once we got out there, the car just didn’t have the handling we needed so we held on to make up as many points as we could. Unfortunately, the weather came, and the race was called before we could gain the final possible spot. We have a couple days to rebound and go for race wins now – that’s all that matters.

When the green flag waved at Pocono Raceway, there was no shortage of immediate action. Before the first lap was complete, the first caution period of the ABC Supply 500 was brought out and eventually led to the first of two red-flag periods.

In Turn 2, the No. 30 machine of Takuma Sato came down into the racing machine of Alexander Rossi who was in the middle of a three-wide run with Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay. The contact forced Rossi into the No. 28 machine and collected the race cars of James Hinchcliffe and Felix Rosenqvist.

Both the 27 and 28 teams worked quickly to get both cars repaired and back on track. Hunter-Reay returned to the 2.5-mile track on Lap 85 and Rossi on Lap 88, after both serving a 10-lap hold penalty for car repairs under the red flag.

After 128 laps, inclement weather nearing the track forced a red flag and when the rain came, so did the checkered. The team leaves Pocono looking forward to the Bommarito 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.


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