As racing seasons come to a close, one world-class racer is pushing endurance to another level. The remnants of COVID postponements has the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship celebrating its season-sender, iconic Petit Le Mans, in mid-November,instead of the first weekend of October. For most sportscar racing drivers, it’s more of an inconvenience than anything else. But for one driver, it has become another kind of endurance test – or race, if you will.
Alexander Rossi, most known for winning the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 and racing full-time in the NTT IndyCar Series, is continuing his sportscar Michelin Endurance Cup campaign with Wayne Taylor Racing in an Acura DPi, sharing driving duties with Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque. Not an unusual feat, as he’s been the team’s go-to endurance driver in 2021 (after Penske’s departure from IMSA and Acura finding a new home with WTR), including a Daytona win, fourth at Sebring and third at Watkins Glen.
The news is that on the heels of 10 hours at Petit Le Mans, Rossi is headed to another iconic race on the other side of the continent, and what could easily be considered the other side of the racing universe – the 54th SCORE International Baja 1000.
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