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Alexander Rossi Brought Indy 500 Winner’s Tour to Wrigley Field

A day after receiving his Indianapolis 500 winner’s ring at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Alexander Rossi celebrated by visiting a team of champions at another iconic venue.

Rossi, the winner of the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil last May, threw the first pitch of the baseball game between the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, May 4 at famed Wrigley Field in Chicago.

“Visiting Wrigley and seeing a championship organization like the Cubs up close was an awesome experience,” Rossi said. “I’ve tried my hand at hockey and baseball in Chicago this year, but I’m going to stick to racing cars. I have really enjoyed hanging out with the Windy City fans, though, and taking in some great sporting action.”

Rossi triumphed at the historic 100th Running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in a car fielded by Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, becoming the first American rookie to win the race since Louis Meyer in 1928. The Cubs won the 2016 World Series, breaking a 108-year-old curse and inspiring widespread celebrations in the Windy City and beyond.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened in 1909, with Wrigley Field opening in 1914. Both are among the most iconic, historic sporting venues in the world.

Throwing the first pitch at Wrigley was one of the many fun stops on Rossi’s busy Indianapolis 500 Victory Tour since capturing the stunning victory last May. Other highlights include bringing the Borg-Warner Trophy to the Empire State Building in New York, flying at 8 g’s with Red Bull Air Race champion Kirby Chambliss and playing “Shoot the Puck” at the United Center in Chicago during a Chicago Blackhawks’ hockey game.

SOURCE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Alexander Rossi Brought Indy 500 Winner’s Tour to Wrigley Field

A day after receiving his Indianapolis 500 winner’s ring at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Alexander Rossi celebrated by visiting a team of champions at another iconic venue.

Rossi, the winner of the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil last May, threw the first pitch of the baseball game between the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, May 4 at famed Wrigley Field in Chicago.

“Visiting Wrigley and seeing a championship organization like the Cubs up close was an awesome experience,” Rossi said. “I’ve tried my hand at hockey and baseball in Chicago this year, but I’m going to stick to racing cars. I have really enjoyed hanging out with the Windy City fans, though, and taking in some great sporting action.”

Rossi triumphed at the historic 100th Running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in a car fielded by Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, becoming the first American rookie to win the race since Louis Meyer in 1928. The Cubs won the 2016 World Series, breaking a 108-year-old curse and inspiring widespread celebrations in the Windy City and beyond.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened in 1909, with Wrigley Field opening in 1914. Both are among the most iconic, historic sporting venues in the world.

Throwing the first pitch at Wrigley was one of the many fun stops on Rossi’s busy Indianapolis 500 Victory Tour since capturing the stunning victory last May. Other highlights include bringing the Borg-Warner Trophy to the Empire State Building in New York, flying at 8 g’s with Red Bull Air Race champion Kirby Chambliss and playing “Shoot the Puck” at the United Center in Chicago during a Chicago Blackhawks’ hockey game.

SOURCE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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NAPA AUTO PARTS to sponsor Alexander Rossi for 7 races in 2017

“We are pleased to announce our continued partnership with one of the more iconic brands in all of motorsports, the Andretti brand,” stated NAPA President, Dan Askey. “We are equally excited to partner with one of the rising stars in the sport in Alexander Rossi and proud to have Alexander representing NAPA both on and off the track. We were fortunate to come on board in May of 2016 becoming a part of history as we rode along with Alexander capturing the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Andretti Autosport remains one of the elite teams in the IndyCar Series and we look forward to what 2017 holds.”

“NAPA is a storied, American brand and I couldn’t be more proud to announce our partnership is continuing,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “We were pleased to have previously announced that Alexander will be returning for the full season, and now to be able to confirm that NAPA is back on board – what a great way for us to start 2017. Our relationship with NAPA came together quickly during our Month of May program last year, and it wasn’t long before the partnership was written into history books. We can’t wait to add a few more pages to history together.”

“Confirming NAPA AUTO PARTS is the perfect way for us to start off 2017,” said Alexander Rossi, 25.“NAPA is one of the most recognized brands in the U.S., and with over 6,000 stores, they touch every corner of our nation. In 2016, we had historic success together in the Verizon IndyCar Series, however there is still much more to accomplish. I’m proud to have NAPA back on board the No. 98 and am motivated to carry our momentum together through 2017.”

For more information, please visit AndrettiAutosport.com.

SOURCE & PHOTO: Andretti Autosport

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Alexander Rossi enjoys Borg-Warner Trophy replica he gets to keep

Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi said receiving his miniature Borg-Warner Trophy Wednesday in Detroit was different than other race-related experiences he’s had since winning the 100th running in May 2016.

For one, he gets to keep the memento known as “the Baby Borg.”

“The most memorable experience was seeing my face on the actual trophy,” Rossi said at the annual Automotive News World Congress dinner at the Renaissance Center held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show. “But you can’t take it home.”

Rossi first saw his likeness on the actual trophy Dec. 7 during an unveiling at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in Indianapolis. Rossi knows where the big trophy resides – at IMS – but he does not yet have a place to showcase the smaller version he received. However, he got advice from Andretti-Herta Autosport team owners Michael Andretti and Bryan Herta.

Andretti keeps those he won with Dan Wheldon (2005), Dario Franchitti (2007) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014) in his office at team headquarters in Indianapolis. Herta has the one he won with Wheldon (2011) displayed at his home office in Valencia, Calif.

Andretti’s Verizon IndyCar Series team ranks second only to Team Penske in placing the most drivers in victory lane at the Indianapolis 500. Roger Penske’s organization has won the race a total of 16 times with 11 different drivers. Like Andretti, Lou Moore and Chip Ganassi also won the race with four different drivers.

“That makes me proud because it shows we’ve been doing a great job as a team,” Andretti said. “It’s not just been the driver (in the car).”

BorgWarner has given a replica Indianapolis 500 trophy to each race winner since Rick Mears after his 1988 victory.

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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100th Indy 500 champion Rossi to see likeness unveiled on Borg-Warner Trophy on Wednesday, Dec. 7

2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi will see his likeness revealed on the Borg-Warner Trophy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The American rookie won the sold-out 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in dramatic fashion, coasting to the checkered flag on a rapidly evaporating fuel load. 

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum will again this year host this special event with extended hours for the public, which may attend with paid admission. 

SOURCE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway ♦ PHOTO: Brian Groce

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Alexander Rossi and Kirby Chambliss Go Head to Head

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In advance of the inaugural Red Bull Air Race, coming Oct. 1-2 to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi joined Master Class pilot and two-time world champion Kirby Chambliss for a first-of-its-kind video shoot at IMS.

Chambliss and Rossi piloted their respective racecrafts in unison around the world’s most famous racetrack, creating a must-see video for airplane and racecar fans alike, as well as adrenaline junkies.

“I didn’t think anything of it until I was on track and there was a plane next to me,” said Rossi, driver of the No. 98 Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian. “It was a little bit trippy – when else are you going to be able to be driving an Indy car around the Speedway with a plane upside down next to you?”

The two motorsport athletes also switched roles, with Chambliss riding shotgun to Rossi in a two-seat Indy car and Rossi taking to the skies as Chambliss’ guest in a two-seat plane. Rossi experienced a strong dose of the nearly 10 Gs that Air Race pilots regularly confront during competitions. Chambliss also executed several dynamic aerial stunts with Rossi in the plane.

“The fact that I got in the plane makes me question my own sanity,” Rossi said.

The Red Bull Air Race will feature the world’s best pilots negotiating a course over the IMS infield and Brickyard Crossing Golf Course at speeds exceeding 230 mph.

“People always say ‘you’re crazy,’” Chambliss said. “I take it as a compliment.”

“You don’t see a plane and an Indy car racing down the backstretch every day,” said IMS President Doug Boles. “These guys are real pros there’s no doubt about that. I think our fans are going to be even more excited for the Air Race after watching this.”

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