INDYCAR.COM - STRONG FINISH TO 2017 HAS ROSSI EAGER FOR '18

October 03, 2017

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It was a season of ups and downs, but in the end, Alexander Rossi proved he is a driver to watch closely for next year’s Verizon IndyCar Series championship.

Turning 26 on Sept. 25, Rossi broke out in the last part of this season with a dominating performance at Watkins Glen International to win the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen from the pole, along with podium finishes on the streets of Toronto and Pocono Raceway.

The only thing to derail a streak of five straight top-six results for the Californian was a mechanical issue in the final race of the season, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sept. 17, relegating Rossi to a 21st-place finish. All things considered, he still finished seventh in the point standings in his second season in the series.

“I’ve said since Day 1 this year that we are a lot quicker than we were in 2016, but there were circumstances that

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