Rob Edwards, Andretti Autosport’s team manager and Alexander Rossi’s strategist, believes the 2016 Indy 500 winner will remain in the hunt for this year’s IndyCar Series championship.
Rossi clocked his second podium in consecutive races with third place in Saturday night’s race at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix – his seventh top-six finish in the last eight events, which include a win at Watkins Glen last September.
Without a pitlane error on his first stop in Phoenix, which squeezed his refueler and front-left tire-changer against pit wall – and incurred a subsequent drive-through penalty – Rossi would likely have won. From two laps down he made 52 on-track passes to fight back into contention, and clearly had the fastest car on heavily worn tires.
Edwards told Motorsport.com: “There were some small setup differences comparing the #27 car [Rossi’s] to our other cars. But I think what you saw was a continuation of what we’ve seen from Alex since he took second place at Toronto last year. He’s found his groove, and he and Jeremy [Milless, race engineer] are very in tune with each other and make the right decisions.
“Alex had a lot of confidence in...."