Rossi feels “a lot of pressure” ahead of Petit Le Mans, Baja

November 11, 2021

Alexander Rossi says his eagerness to succeed on behalf of others is adding to the pressure of an action-packed few days at the IMSA finale followed by the Baja 1000.

The IndyCar ace this weekend resumes his endurance-driver role in the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05, as he tries to help Ricky Taylor and Filip Albuquerque defend their slender lead in the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and clinch the team’s first championship since 2017, and Acura’s third straight.

Albuquerque, Taylor, Rossi and Helio Castroneves clinched victory in the season-opening Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, and the Taylor/Albuquerque combo have since added two more wins, three third places and three fourth places, to lead the Prototype standings with one round to go, ahead of Action Express Racing’s Cadillac-mounted Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani.

From Road Atlanta, Rossi will then fly to the Baja peninsula to take part in the legendary Baja 1000 driving a Honda Ridgeline truck, seeking a class victory.

In both instances, he tells Motorsport.com that he feels a weight of expectation to deliver, less for his sake than for others.

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