A New Path for Alexander Rossi as He Joins IndyCar and Andretti Autosport
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News February 23, 2016
Former Formula One driver Alexander Rossi is joining the IndyCar Series after leaving Formula One. Michael Andretti announced Tuesday that the 24-year-old American would drive the No. 98 car for Andretti Autosport.
Rossi plans to take a rookie test March 1 at Sebring and hopes to be one of four Andretti cars to start the season opener March 13 at St. Petersburg. Rossi has never driven an IndyCar.
Having been competing in GP2, Rossi was signed by Manor to take part in five of the final seven races last year, missing rounds in Russia and Abu Dhabi to complete his GP2 season. The American driver impressed, getting the better of team-mate Will Stevens over the five races despite limited experience in the car.
Manor, have had the smallest budget in Formula One, and have always been open in the past about the need for their drivers to bring sponsorship or financial backing in order to secure the seat.
The team went into administration at the end of the 2014 season, before emerging under new ownership, and money remains tight.
The recent merger between Bryan Herta Autosport and Andretti's team opened up a spot in IndyCar. Andretti wasted no time in taking a chance on a promising young driver who won 42 races and finished on the podium 75 times in in 209 career starts in various Formula series.