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Alexander Rossi Gears Up For A Repeat At The Indy 500

25-year-old Alexander Rossi is nearly a year away from making history at the Indy 500. At the 2016 race, Rossi became just the ninth rookie driver to capture the event, and the first to do so since Helio Castroneves accomplished it in 2001. This year, Rossi hopes to once again follow in Castroneves’ footsteps by winning consecutive titles for the first time since the Brazilian driver accomplished that feat following his rookie-year victory.

As drivers arrived to do their first test laps last weekend, all eyes were on Rossi. To say his win last year was a bit of a surprise would be the understatement of the IndyCar century. Prior to the months leading up to the Indy 500 , Rossi wasn’t even an experienced oval driver. Instead, he had spent the majority of his career racing in the European circuit.

It was Andretti Autosport that finally brought the Californian back to his home country last year. Winning 43 races in Europe; Rossi had garnered a reputation as one of the top up and coming drivers in the sport. After a short-lived time atop Team Marussia, Andretti stepped in to sign the driver to a multi-year deal with an eye towards the Indy 500.

Their hope is to have Rossi repeat at Indy for the first time in fifteen years. Undoubtedly, he will be a fan favorite of the Indianapolis crowd come later this month. If Rossi was to collect another title, it would be only the fifth time an American driver has won the race since 1999.

Rossi is looking forward to returning to the track that made him a champion. The driver has yet to dominate the field this year though; currently ranking ninth in IndyCar championship points. He has struggled with ups and downs over the past few months, but a second consecutive Indy victory would put any of Rossi’s doubters to rest.

The Indy 500 will get underway on Sunday, May 28th.