Imagine it’s Sunday afternoon. NTT IndyCar drivers Alexander Rossi and Sebastien Bourdais are on the starting line for the main event of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, hopeful of adding more to what they’ve already accomplished on the famed street course.
Unfortunately, that would be nothing more than an episode of Fantasy Island. There is no race this year because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Rossi, who dominated the last two races, would have been looking to become just the third driver in the history of the race, which began in 1975, to win three consecutive times. Al Unser Jr. won four in a row from 1988-91 and Bourdais won three from 2005-07.
Rossi is chagrined, but understanding.
“Honestly, there’s no good way to describe it,” said Rossi, 28, of Nevada City, Calif. “Obviously, it’s pretty painful to not be racing at all, but not being able to be at a track I enjoy and where I’ve had success, of course it really stings.
“We always look forward to coming to California in April and seeing all the great fans in Long Beach. Definitely miss that vibe, but understand and agree that keeping everyone safe and healthy is most important.”
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