Alexander Rossi pulls off magnificent Indy 500 victory
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News May 29, 2016 Updated: 6:33 PM
Alexander Rossi shocked the Indycar world by being the 9th rookie to win the Indianapolis 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2001. Rossi and Andretti Autosport chose a bold strategy by staying on the track for the last 36 laps on one tank of fuel.
“I have no idea how we pulled that off," Rossi said. "It's an amazing result for Andretti Autosport."
"I'll cherish the fact that at one point we were 33rd," Rossi said. "We rolled the dice and came through and made it happen. This is unbelievable. I have no doubt it's going to change my life."
Team owner Michael Andretti celebrated as that will make the forth time he has won the Indianapolis 500 as a Team owner.
"To get a 1-2 finish in the 100th running of the Indy 500 is pretty good," Andretti said. "I'm just so happy for everyone on the team. We are just so happy."
Rossi’s team-mate Carlos Munoz finished second. With Josef Newgarden finishing third for Ed Carpenter Racing, ahead of Tony Kanaan and his teammate Charlie Kimball for Chip Ganassi Racing, who finished in fourth and fifth place.
Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves finished in 11th and two-time champion Juan Pablo Montoya finished last.
Montoya lost control and crashed his Team Penske Chevrolet on the 64th lap.
Rossi was a Formula One reserve driver for Manor Racing in the 2015 season. He managed to take part in five of the final seven races, missing rounds in Russia and Abu Dhabi to complete his GP2 season. He came back to America this year to drive for Bryan Herta in a partnership with Andretti Autosport.