AUTOWEEK: Rossi Prepared for 'Surreal' Experience

June 03, 2020

Alexander Rossi expects a feeling unlike any other when the NTT IndyCar Series begins its season this Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

The 28-year-old California native is entering his fifth year in the sport, and he has made his presence felt in a short amount of time. In 67 career starts, he has captured seven wins, including the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie in 2016, along with 19 podiums and six poles. He has also finished in the top three of the championship standings each of the past two seasons, including runner-up in 2018.

The expectations of another title-contending season on his shoulders, Rossi was the one many had their eyes on when the IndyCar season was expected to get underway on March 15 on the streets of St. Petersburg.

However, that was before coronavirus put a halt on the world, leaving the fast-paced land of IndyCar—and everyone within the sport—in the unfamiliar territory of staying still.

It will have been 83 days since the season was supposed to start when the green flag finally waves on the 2020 season for Saturday night’s Genesys 300 (8 p.m. ET on NBC).

"Yeah, I think it's all not gone according to plan by any stretch of the imagination,” said Rossi, driver of the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda. "I don't think anyone saw this coming and really no one had a contingency plan for it, because why would you. I think the series has done everything right so far, and it's an impossible situation, but ultimately once we kind of moved on from St. Pete, it became clear that this was a much bigger thing than....

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