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Crave: How Alexander Rossi Stole The Indianapolis 500

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With about six weeks until the 2017 Indy 500, Crave Online has posted a new story about last year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi, who was born in Auburn, California and was raised in Nevada City.

It’s early February, about a month before the start of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, and Alexander Rossi is contemplating the most important decision of his young career.

Almost seven years have passed since the northern California native uprooted to Great Britain with dreams of becoming a permanent fixture in Formula One, the world’s premier grand prix series. Things started off well for Rossi, earning a FIA Super License – a necessary qualification to drive in F1 – but, after spending the majority of his time as a reserve, it was evident his career was in danger of stalling. Rossi knew he needed to entertain the idea of looking for other racing opportunities, one of which came in late 2015, when Andretti Autosport reached out about potentially driving an IndyCar full-time.

It was a lot to consider for Rossi, whose sole focus had long been racing in Europe. For the better part of a decade, he’d pumped his heart and passion into F1, gaining a wealth of experience, but he knew the opportunity presented by Andretti Autosport was something special and offered a wealth of positives.
Despite the risk involved, it seemed like the right resolution was to return to the United States.

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